Expert to reveal local geological evolution

| 08/10/2013

(CNS): World renowned, award winning geologist Dr Brian Jones will be visiting the Cayman Islands next week to share his geological knowledge in local schools and to deliver a special lecture, "Geological Evolution of the Cayman Islands" on 18 October at the UCCI. Sponsored by the Water Authority, as Jones has worked with them for more than three decades, the visit starts on 14 October, when he will deliver a one-day geology course for high school teachers and geology lessons for students before his main  lecture on at the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Caribbean Conference.

“Dr Jones has done extensive scientific research on the geology of the Cayman Islands over a period of 30 years and students and teachers will benefit from his generous offer to donate a week of his time to provide first class education on geology,” said Dr Gelia Frederick-van Genderen, Director of the Water Authority.

Around ten teachers will participate in the free one-day course and well over three hundred students will attend the geology lessons at their school.

“Dr Jones’ 30 year relationship with the Cayman Islands and the Water Authority coincides with the Authority’s 30 year anniversary, so it is fitting that this week is part of the Authority’s 30 year anniversary celebrations.”

Jones is a Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta, Canada, and has been an educator for close to four decades. His fieldwork has taken him all over the world.

“Since the early 1980’s Dr. Jones, his colleagues and students of the university have conducted scientific geological research in the Cayman Islands,” said Hendrik-Jan van Genderen, Water Resources Engineer at the Water Authority. “The Cayman Islands has benefitted from this work and advice as Dr Jones shares his work with the Water Authority, the Department of the Environment, the National Trust and any other government agency that needs specific information on the geology of the Cayman Islands and he willingly advises on geological issues.” 

For more information on the lecture and to register for the conference on 18 October contact the UCCI or visit the conference website.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    This sharing of Dr. Jones' geological findings with academia here comes as good news seeing as most of the core and rock samples from Cayman now reside in the U of Alberta. This makes it difficult for local engineering firms and general public to even see these samples, let alone do their own research on them.  Maybe in the future Cayman can have it's own geological repository so that any local aspiring and other visiting geologists can have access to samples. A showcase of significant core samples in context of Cayman's geoligical history at the George Town Museum might also benefit the general public at large.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Evolution of the land and sea not humans. Dont worry. Should be interesting

  3. Anonymous says:

    Evolution?? Am I hearing right?