The outcome has been very positive for both the people of Jamaica and the students/researchers involved in the project. Much of the work and initial results were publicized in Jamaican newspapers, radio, and television, so the information gained from the study went well beyond governmental organizations. People in Jamaica are becoming ever more aware of both geohazard risks and mitigation efforts across the region. Furthermore, the impact the study had on students was astounding: Renee McDonald, a Jamaican National, completed her master's degree working on this project and an impressive 5 of the 8 students from SMU who became involved in this project have either completed or are now obtaining advanced degrees in geology or geophysics, with several finding jobs in the energy industry. The SEG-GWB project represents a wonderful example of how things can sometimes come full circle: students who were granted their first geophysical researcher opportunities through SEG-GWB will already soon be active, contributing professionals in SEG.
The research has been a tremendous success for all parties and research continues to emerge from this project today. For example, Vashan Wright, also a native Jamaican, is currently our newest student working on his master's degree at SMU analyzing SEG-GWB data in both Hispaniola and Jamaica along the Plantain Garden Fault to understand potential geohazard risks.