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Barnegat Bay Coastal Field Station

Barnegat Bay field station

The BEES field station on Barnegat Bay in Waretown, NJ, is located on 194 acres of diverse coastal habitat, including a maritime forest, tidal creek, salt marsh, fresh water pond, brackish impoundment, and bayshore environments. The department’s research vessels provide access to back-bay and near-shore marine environments. The facility includes a lodge, two classrooms/meeting rooms, dining hall, dormitories, and rustic cabins.

The Pre-Term Field Experience for incoming BEES freshmen, as well as other department events, are held at the Barnegat field station. The facility may also serve as a base for excursions into the Pine Barrens, a heavily forested area containing a number of interesting deposits related to the last glacial period.

Relevant Research: provides students with hands-on research in coastal geology, barrier island morphology, oceanography and sedimentology.

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Inversand Fossil Site

The Inversand fossil site is a unique resource for geological education, research and STEM outreach. The quarry is located in Gloucester Country, NJ, only 20 minutes from Drexel’s campus, making it accessible for field exercises during a three-hour class period. The geological formations that outcrop in the Inversand quarry have yielded many new fossil species. The site has significance beyond vertebrate paleontology, however, and will provide a local laboratory for classes in geochemistry, geophysics, stratigraphy, sedimentology, hydrogeology and environmental geology. As such, it will provide a valuable training-ground a short distance from campus for all Drexel geoscience majors.

Lacawac Sanctuary

Lacawac Sanctuary

Lacawac Sanctuary

Lacawac Sanctuary is a 545-acre nature preserve, ecological field research station and public environmental education facility located in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern PA. Home to the pristine Lake Lacawac—a 52-acre National Natural Landmark and one of the southernmost glacial lakes in the hemisphere—the sanctuary boasts more than 45 years of aquatic research and data compilation since its foundation in 1966. The sanctuary ecompasses multiple bodies of water for comparative studies and also features the Wallenpaupack Ledges and Partner Ridge, six public hiking trails, deer exclosure plots, a native plants demonstration garden and natural boreal bog.

Red Hill Fossil Site and other Appalachian locales

Red Hill Fossil Site

Red Hill Fossil Site

The Red Hill fossil site, in Tioga County, PA, is home to Devonian coastal sedimentary rocks that preserve a rich fossil fauna. Of particular importance is a fossil fish species, studied by Ted Daeschler, PhD, representing a critical transition between fish and tetrapods (land animals). This site offers opportunities for studying vertebrate paleontology, stratigraphy and sedimentology, and provides students with a window into an important moment in the history of life on Earth.

Hundreds of outcrops exist in the Appalachians within a two- to four-hour drive from campus. These rocks represent a range of ages within the Paleozoic Era and preserve depositional environments that include marine, coastal and terrestrial units. Many geoscience courses will include trips to Appalachian outcrops, where students can study aspects of paleontology, sedimentology, stratigraphy and structural geology.