Dominica is the youngest island in the Lesser Antilles, but being young does not mean it lacks in diversity. The island is home to myriads of species ranging from rainforest inhabitants to coral reefs. This island paradise formed around 26 million years ago in an event that many typically associate with catastrophe—a shift of the two tectonic plates and consequential volcanic action. Home to nine volcanoes, Dominica might seem like a hazardous visit, but to the Geological Investigations in Dominica Creative Inquiry project led by Scott Brame, in the Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, it is the destination. In fact, during their spring break the team travels to study Dominica’s geology and how it affects the living systems around it. The students are excited to have the opportunity to study in Dominica during spring break. “I’ve never been out of the country before but all of this cool volcanic activity, like the boiling lake and ocean deposits, it’s all stuff I’ve really wanted to see,” Hailey Mundell, a senior geology major, said.