Wooster’s Team Utah 2022 Fieldwork

This is the index page for Wooster’s Team Utah 2022 expedition (May 20-29, 2022). The primary goal of this fieldwork was to provide data and samples for the Independent Study theses of Lucie Fiala (left) and Shipei (Vicky) Wang (right). We are also always looking for future IS project ideas, and continuing some long-term research projects. The accompanying staff were Nick Wiesenberg (geological technician), Dr. Shelley Judge (structural geologist and tectonicist), and me, Wooster’s sedimentologist and paleontologist. We hope you enjoy following our travel and scientific log on these pages.

This stratigraphic column from the National Park Service details the stratigraphy of southwestern Utah. Our expedition was to continue long-term Wooster explorations of the Carmel Formation (Middle Jurassic) near the top (marked with the red dot). We also visited a section in the Moenkopi Formation (Early Triassic) on our last day. We are preceded by several Wooster teams in the 1990s and most recently by Team Utah 2018, Team Utah 2019, and Team Utah 2020.

Here are the links to our daily field posts —

May 21: Wooster Geologists return to southwestern Utah

May 22: Second field day in SW Utah Jurassic: Wooster geologists begin their projects

May 23: Back to the Eagle Mountain Ranch and its magnificent exposures

May 24: Wooster geologists serve their time in Buggy Gulch

May 25: Up the steep slopes for a trace fossil reward in Dammeron Valley

May 26: Jackson Peak section: Another gnatty adventure

May 27: A culture and nature day for Team Jurassic Utah 2022

May 28: Wooster Geologists Team Jurassic Utah dips down into the Triassic for its last field day

June 30 addendum: Thanks to Nick’s careful packing, and Shelley’s careful driving, all our specimens have safely arrived in the Wooster lab. I hereby declare the Utah 2022 expedition a success!

About Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson is a Professor of Geology at The College of Wooster. He specializes in invertebrate paleontology, carbonate sedimentology, and stratigraphy. He also is an expert on pseudoscience, especially creationism.
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2 Responses to Wooster’s Team Utah 2022 Fieldwork

  1. Paul D Taylor says:

    Great blogs, Mark. I remember those localities with great fondness and will always be grateful to you for introducing them to me.

  2. Mark Wilson says:

    Thanks, Paul, for your kind comments. Our fieldwork projects together have been outstanding highlights for me. Our Utah work has been exceptionally fun!

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