Farnsworth, Department of Geoscience, co-led a field trip with colleagues from the College of
William and Mary to investigate California Rivers. Sage Wagner (’14) and
Samantha Ritzer (’14) participated as the only undergraduate students in
the course. The focus of the trip was to study how the rivers physically
and chemically interact with the earth, the temporal and spatial
variations between rivers, and the human interaction with river systems.
The group of 13 scientists spent a week traveling along the coastal
ranges of California, from the Carmel River in the south to the Eel
River in the North. They also spent time in the Central Valley of
California in the Sacramento–San Joaquin River system. The topics
discussed in the field ranged from the workings of first-order streams
to the export of water from Northern California to Los Angeles, over 300
The picture shows the two IUP students in front of the remnants of
hydraulic mining from the Gold Rush era of California’s history, which are
still having detrimental effects on the rivers of California.
Department of Geoscience