Founded by Stony Brook University and Richard Leakey, the Turkana Basin Institute (TBI) is a nonprofit and privately funded enterprise taking on collaborative and multidisciplinary work. We specialize in the facilitation of fieldwork within the Lake Turkana Basin in Kenya by giving logistical support for research on human prehistory, as well as related natural science and earth science. We are a vital repository of fossil evidence for human evolution; hence, TBI is dedicated to protecting and conserving these deposits through local community engagement.
Past field studies in the Turkana Basin have focused largely on prehistory, but the establishment of TBI has helped broadened its scope. Currently, fieldwork research includes health care, botany, alternative energy, entomology, development studies, and linguistics. TBI produces individuals with in-depth knowledge and skills through a range of programs: Origins Semester Abroad Program, Origins Summer Program, Academic Safari, and Global Innovation Field School. We welcome university students as well as professionals, including educators, instructors, and museum staff.