Who is involved in the program?Morning Glory Pool

Dr. Kulp and Research Associate Dinah Maygarden  will be accompanied by professional geoscientists from the field. The groups will also include 2-3 high school teachers, and current UNO students. Student learning, discovery and safety is the top priority of all involved.


Dr. Mark A. Kulp

Associate Professor

  • Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2000
  • M.S., University of Kentucky, 1995
  • B.S., Juniata College, 1992

Research Associates

Dinah Maygarden, Director

B.S. Zoology, M.A. Science Teaching

  • Expertise: Coastal Wetlands Science Education and Public Outreach; Environmental and Coastal Science; Coastal Habitats.
  • Project director of grant-funded environmental education and environmental science projects for past 10 years.
  • Research associate in coastal research laboratory managing coastal education programs in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin research for the past 4 years.
  • Previously worked as a science teacher for 8 years.


Park Ranger

Geoscientists from sponsoring companies have also attended the trip and shared with the students the types of jobs and opportunities available to graduates in earth sciences. Some of these scientists have taught portions of the trip or helped in other ways to make the trip successful.

High School Teachers

The teachers that accompany the group on the trip are one of the reasons the program is so successful. They aid the students in understanding scientific concepts that are being taught. Teachers also assist in organizing the students and help to review their journals. They are the backbone of the program.

Graduate Students

Over the years, graduate students from UNO have provided mentoring and leadership to the students on a trip. The disciplines of have ranged from geology to geophysics to meteorology. Besides helping students with scientific concepts, they perform many other services such as helping comfort homesick students, and insuring the safety of the students while on a trip.

Guest Scientists, Naturalists and Guides

As we visit various places on the trip, National Park Rangers, mine geologists, and other professionals with local experience, have joined us to share their enthusiasm and knowledge.