Students of all levels can contribute to ongoing research efforts in the geosciences as part of class projects. I have piloted this by doing high temporal resolution Macrostrat style data compilation in an upper division sedimentology stratigraphy course. Students learned about the rocks in their assigned area, were exposed to the ‘gap bound package’ conceptualization of the rock record fundamental to Macrostratigraphy, and presented their work at the end of the term. I am interested in developing this framework further in future classes to contribute to student learning and broader data compilation efforts in the geosciences.
Students and faculty spend considerable time and effort on writing projects that are never shared outside of classrooms. I have piloted a project with upper-level undergraduate students to summarize sedimentology and stratigraphy knowledge to make it accessible to local high school students and teachers. In future iterations, I would like to develop partnerships with teachers to help create standard-relevant and locally-focused lesson material to help communicate the importance of local geology to the scientific community and to people’s lives. This work can be transformative because university knowledge generation can be more directly shared with the local community. This effort may potentially help broaden recruitment into the geosciences by showing people how local geology matters.