Making Geosciences More Accesible

Big news: Please share this attempt to offer an accessible geology field course. An inaugural class of STEM students at the undergraduate and graduate level is being recruited.

If you know interested people (entering their second year of college or beyond) please pass this along.

The program is being run by the University of Florida, using field sites in Arizona. This is a big deal. Geosciences has long been a field dominated by abled white men from rural to suburban backgrounds. We’ve made progress on adding women to that list, and there are a lot of initiatives going to move the needle for racially and ethnically minoritized groups.

Examples include a National Science Foundation grant for developing educational and career pathways for Native Americans in Geosciences. We’ve lagged way behind in trying to take on accessibility across the disability spectrum. It will be exciting to see where this goes!


What is geoscience?

Geoscience (also called Earth Science) is the study of Earth. Geoscience includes so much more than rocks and volcanoes, it studies the processes that form and shape Earth’s surface, the natural resources we use, and how water and ecosystems are interconnected. Geoscience uses tools and techniques from other science fields as well, such as chemistry, physics, biology, and math!

What do Geoscientists Do?

Geoscientists study and work with minerals, soils, energy resources, fossils, oceans and freshwater, the atmosphere, weather, environmental chemistry and biology, natural hazards and more. They even study rocks on our moon and other planets in our solar system.

Examples of geoscience jobs include: geologist, paleontologist, seismologist, meteorologist, volcanologist, hydrologist, oceanographer, and more!

SOURCE: U.S. Geological Society.

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