Outreach

Advancing public understanding of the geosciences

For Everyone


Hot Science – Cool Talks
Hot Science – Cool Talks provides front row seats to world class science by bringing leading science, technology, engineering and math professionals and their research to the community!

Non-vertebrate Paleontology Exhibits
Many of the Non-vertebrate Paleontology Lab specimens are on public exhibit at the Jackson School of Geosciences, Texas Memorial Museum, The Witte Museum in San Antonio, the Corpus Christi Museum and many other special exhibits.

Texas Earth Science Week
Earth Science Week (ESW) is a nationwide program designed to promote understanding and appreciation of the value of Earth Science research and its applications and relevance to our daily lives. It is an annual celebration sponsored by the American Geosciences Institute. In support of ESW, the Bureau of Economic Geology supports statewide ESW efforts and hosts an annual Earth Science Week Career Day in Austin.


Switch Energy Project
The mission of this project is to transform the energy conversation, from polarized to practical, with knowledge. Promote efficiency and conservation.

Virtual Cave Expeditions
There is a wealth of extensive knowledge about central Texas caves, karst, and the Edwards Aquifer! Download ESI’s powerpoint virtual tours of Inner Space Cavern and Natural Bridge Caverns here!

Hot Science – Cool Talks Videos
The Environmental Science Institute has published videos to highlight its outreach programs.

All About Water
The Bureau of Economic Geology provides resources to assist teachers and students in understanding our essential water resources, including groundwater/surface water interactions and the impact of human activity on water systems.

Ice Bound: Cryosphere Studies at UTIG
Each year, The University of Texas Institute for Geophysics (UTIG) sends teams of researchers to Greenland and Antarctica to gain a better understanding of ice sheets, climate, and polar settings. These teams are comprised of researchers, Ph.D. students and graduate students who travel with a distinct purpose, return to Austin to complete their research, and then share their findings with the world.


BEG Bookstore
We sell books, maps, digital media, and reports of research conducted by Bureau staff from 1915 to the present, in book or digital format. We also sell rock kits, cross sections, and posters, plus selected Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies (GCAGS) and GCS-SEPM products.

The Type and Figured Collection
Type specimens form the basis for the published type description of a new species. They display the characteristics that are regarded as different enough from closely related species to justify the creation of a new species. They must be available for reference and study by other scientists. No scientist should describe a new type species without first verifying that the new material is distinct from closely related species. This collection is the most important in the Non-vertebrate Paleontology Lab (NPL) and numbers about 22,000 specimens.

Virtual Rock Kit
View the Bureau’s rock kit online—and purchase it through the Bureau Store. Each kit includes eight specimens that are approximately ½ inch in diameter. A card with a description of each rock or mineral is also included in the kit.

Sketchfab NPL Collections
View and manipulate 3D scans from the Non-vertebrate Paleontology Lab.

The Search for Devil’s Eye
Non-vertebrate Paleontology Lab has created a resource to follow a historic field trip online and also available as a mobile app.

Fossil Roulette Interactive Modules
A project by the Non-vertebrate Paleontology Lab, brings fossil samples from the collections into the mobile electronic world. Each image is served with explanatory text. Now available on the tumblr microblogging platform.

Caves: A Window into the Aquifer
The Edwards Aquifer of central Texas is a critical resource that provides drinking water and recreation for residents.  Local caves in the aquifer are a common fieldtrip destination for K-12 classes. We  augment teaching materials and add creative, inquiry-based activities by utilizing the UT faculty’s long-term cave and karst research projects. There is a wealth of extensive knowledge about central Texas caves, karst, and the Edwards Aquifer!

Specimen Identifications
Non-vertebrate Paleontology Lab provides specimen identification at several events during the year, both on and off the UT campus, and answer email queries from anywhere. Contact NPL for more information.

Switch Energy Project
The mission of this project is to transform the energy conversation, from polarized to practical, with knowledge. Promote efficiency and conservation.

Ice Bound: Cryosphere Studies at UTIG
Each year, The University of Texas Institute for Geophysics (UTIG) sends teams of researchers to Greenland and Antarctica to gain a better understanding of ice sheets, climate, and polar settings. These teams are comprised of researchers, Ph.D. students and graduate students who travel with a distinct purpose, return to Austin to complete their research, and then share their findings with the world.


Future of Undergraduate Geoscience Education Summit
Dean Sharon Mosher is leading the NSF-sponsored effort to reshape geosciences education across the country.

EarthConnections (NSF)
An NSF INCLUDES project that is creating pathways in three regional pilots—Atlanta, GA; San Bernardino, CA; and Oklahoma—to catalyze systemic change in geoscience and geoscience education. Our EarthConnections National Alliance has created a 3-minute video presentation outlining our project, including the Oklahoma Tribal Nations Regional Alliance. This video was presented, along with other projects supported by NSF INCLUDES funding at the 2017 NSF INCLUDES: Envisioning Impact Video Showcase (March 20th-27th) at http://includes2017.videohall.comThe Oklahoma Alliance focuses on the unprecedented increase in earthquakes in the state. Understanding the relationship of these earthquakes to energy industry practices, and the resulting implications for energy production and energy-related jobs in Oklahoma, is an important issue for all Oklahoma residents, but especially American Indians in the region, given their close association with the land and their sovereign control of natural resources and land use within their reservation boundaries.  We invite you to view our video and contact Kathy Ellins (kellins@jsg.utexas.edu) to:

  • Suggest how your work, expertise and experience might intersect with the goals of the Oklahoma Tribal Nations Regional Alliance;
  • Provide your questions, comments and constructive feedback; and 
  • join the conversation about the latest research in broadening participation in STEM education.

CARIUSA 2017 (U.S. Dept. of State)
Brings together Jamaican and U.S. participants to build strategic partnerships to promote scholarly exchange between Jamaica and U.S. academic institutions and geoscience organizations to train scientists and engineers.

The Green Tech High School Academy: A Model Program of Combined Geoscience Field Learning, Classroom Instruction and Career preparation
The NSF GeoPaths-IMPACT Green Tech Geoscience Project examines the interplay between field learning, rigorous academic preparation and career development activities in order to establish the template for an effective high school to college bridging program. The project includes a training program for pre-service teachers to prepare them to integrate geoscience field trips into their teaching. Project partners are the Jackson School of Geosciences (JSG) at UT Austin, Michigan State University, North Carolina State University, Akins High School, and DrillingInfo. At the end of the three-year project we hope to leave in place systemic and sustainable approaches that can increase access to geoscience education and research opportunities and open doors to education and geoscience career pathways that we hope will be a model for other schools.