Geology expert returns to Cayman

More than 300 high school children and 10 teachers will benefit next week from the expertise of visiting award-winning geologist Brian Jones.

Mr. Jones, in collaboration with the Water Authority – Cayman, will be providing geology education from Monday, Oct. 14 to Friday, Oct. 18.

He will present a one-day geology course for high school teachers and geology lessons for students and then hold a lecture on the “Geological Evolution of the Cayman Islands” on Friday, Oct. 18, at the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Caribbean Conference Centre, organized by the University College Cayman Islands.

“Dr. Jones’s 30 year relationship with the Cayman Islands and the Water Authority coincides with the Authority’s 30 year anniversary, so it is only fitting that this week is part of the authority’s 30 year anniversary celebrations,” said Gelia Frederick-van Genderen, Water Authority director.

“Mr. 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 Mrs. Frederick-van Genderen. She added that the professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta, Canada has been an educator for close to four decades. His fieldwork has taken him all over the world.

Hendrik-Jan van Genderen, Resources Engineer at Water Authority said, since the early 1980s, Mr. Jones, his colleagues and students of the university have conducted scientific geological research in the Cayman Islands. “By sharing his work with the Water Authority, the Department of the Environment, the National Trust and other government agencies that need specific information on geological issues, the Cayman Islands has benefitted from Mr. Jones’ work,” he said.

Participation in this week-long program is offered free of charge through sponsorship by Mr. Jones and the Water Authority.