Geologist returns to educate teachers and students

Renowned geologist Brian Jones is returning to the Cayman Islands next week to provide geology education to high school teachers and students. 

He will be in Cayman from Oct. 13 to 17. 

“Last year’s geology education was a success, Dr. Jones’ expertise on the geology of the Cayman Islands, developed over a period of 30 years, is phenomenal and it is a unique chance for students, teachers and the general public to be exposed to a top level scientist,” said Gelia Frederick-van Genderen, director of Water Authority, which is sponsoring the event. 

“Dr. Jones readily agreed to come back this year and he donates a week of his time. Due to the busy schedule last year, it was not possible to extend this education to Cayman Brac, but we are glad that we can do so this year, providing teachers, students and the general public in Cayman Brac with the same level of geology education,” Ms. Frederick-van Genderen said. 

The week includes a professional one-day geology course for high school teachers and geology lessons for high school students in Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac.  

The National Trust has organized a lecture titled, “A Journey through Time – A Geological History of the Cayman Islands,” in the conference room of the Brac Reef Resort on Tuesday, Oct. 14, starting at 7:30 p.m. The lecture will also be presented at the George Town Public Library (third floor, lecture room) on Thursday, Oct. 16, from 5:30–6:30 p.m. 

About 15 teachers have already signed up for the one-day professional course, and it is anticipated that some 500 high school students will be involved in the lessons at the high schools. Participation in this week-long program providing education on geology is offered free of charge through sponsorship by Dr. Jones, the Water Authority and the National Trust of the Cayman Islands. 

Dr. Jones is a professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta, Canada, and has been an educator for nearly four decades. Throughout his career, he has received many awards in recognition of his work as an educator and as a scientist. Recently the University of Alberta appointed him as a Distinguished University Professor. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. 

“Since the early 1980’s, Dr. Jones, his colleagues and students of the university have conducted scientific geological research in the Cayman Islands,” said Hendrik-Jan van Genderen, water resources engineer at the Water Authority. “The Cayman Islands has benefitted from this work and advice as Dr. Jones shares his work with the Water Authority, the Department of the Environment, the National Trust and any other government agency that needs specific information on the geology of the Cayman Islands, and he willingly advises on geological issues.” 

Admission to the lectures is free 
to the general public and 
refreshments will be provided. 
For more information on the 
public lectures on Oct. 14 and 16, contact the National Trust or the Water Authority. 

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Geologist Brian Jones in lessons with students at Triple C School during a previous visit.