Alumni: Patricia Capone, Class of 1987
Associate Curator, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology,
Curiosity makes geologists — curiosity about the world's shape,
sparkle and movement. Peoples' relationships with the earth, past
and present drew me to geology, and eventually to applying geology
to exploring past human behavior. Seeing the compilation of our
world in such new ways through geology, stretched my curiosity with
levels of learning being unpeeled.
From mineralogy and things crystalline; to sand grains moving along
Point Barrow, Alaska; and experiencing structural geology at the
Royal Gorge, Colorado, geology changed the way I see the world.
Being a geology student at Tufts was meaningful beyond the academic
wonder. Geology at Tufts represents a positive community of learning
created by the faculty's dedication to individual student's thriving
and opportunity for teamwork. Tufts geology's community provides
relationships that continue and broaden, sometimes unexpectedly.
While I later followed my interest in archaeology, geology played a
central role in my graduate study of archaeological ceramic
Anthropology curation in a university museum setting, and
partnerships with indigenous communities, are now my main
activities. Geology reaches to provide a foundation in problem
solving, a sense for natural resources and a role model of a
professional setting that continue to play a role in my work. I
think of Tufts geology often.