Cassian Pirard Ph.D

Current occupation and services offered

Below are a list of specific scientific activities that are (or will be) available. However, if you wish to have a customized science day, do no hesitate to contact me.

Geology Field trips

- Half or Full-day field trip for student groups (5-10): Introduction to Earth Sciences

       adapted for different age groups from 8 years old to adults, this field trip includes  

       basic elements of geology with some emphasis (depending on age group and

       interests) on mineralogy (mineral prospection, mineral identification), landscape  

       interpretation (mapping, geomorphology), sedimentology (current and past

       sedimentation) and general petrology (understanding rocks as witnesses of the past).

      Following interests and schedule, several locations are currently accessible including:

              - Limestone cliffs, coarse calcite crystal veins & cave network

              - Oligocene sediments and their comparison with recent river sediment

              - River banks pebbles displaying a dozen of different rock type (quartzite,  

               metapelite, garnet-micaschist, basalt, greenschist, augen gneiss, mylonite, onyx, ...)

              - Mae Ping to Doi Inthanon Chiang Mai province geology (full-day)

              - Pha Chor Canyon for Oligocene sediments and extreme erosion processes

              - with more location to be added as I explore the region

      Typical learning outcomes from these trips includes but not limited to:

             - Distinction between rocks & minerals

             - Distinction between the three main types of rocks

             - Field tools for rock and mineral identification (chemistry, physics & biology)

             - Basic understanding of the geoogical cycle

             - Basic conceptualization of the geological timescale

Introduction to rocks & minerals half-day FT

Left: Localisation on a topographical map   -   Center: Hydrochloric reaction on calcite   -   Right: Identification of geomorphological features

Astronomy Nights

- Weather permitting, starting from sunset, this activity includes stargazing (identifying 

       celestial objects and constellations, some stories on the history of astronomy and its

       ancestral use, mythologies, etc.), use of binoculars and telescope to observe fainter

      objects and details. Other aspects such as more advanced physics (optics, nuclear 

      physics, cosmology, astrophysics) can also be introduced to an appropriate audience.

      In the tropics, 95% of the sky is visible throughout the year so observations will vary a lot

      depending on the season. Ephemerides of planets, satellites, comets will be updated

     each year for different programs. There are some unplanned limitations to observation 

     nights such as cloudy weather, full moon and high level of air dust.

        As a guide, objects that can be observed through binoculars or telescope includes:

    - Stars, Double and Multiple stars (various colours, brightness, etc.)

    - Planets (Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune)

     - Dwarf planets (Vesta, Ceres, Pallas, Iris, Hygiea)

    - Satellites (Moon, Ganymede, Callisto, Io, Europa, Titan)

    - Comets, asteroids, artificial satellites, International Space Station, meteoroids

    - Open clusters, planetary nebulae, Stellar clouds, supernova remnants

    - Globular clusters, Magellanic clouds, Milky Way and Galaxies

    - Moon (craters, mare, highlands, etc.)

    - Sun (spots, transits)

Biology Field trips

- Yet to be finalised , this would be Half or Full-day field trip for student groups (5-10): 

       Introduction to Field biology adapted for different age groups from 8 years old to

      adults, this field trip can include ornithology (birds in wetlands, dry forest, plantations,   

      wet forest and mountain environment, with migrating bird depending on the season),

      arthropodology (insects, myriapods, arachnids and others, as Chiang Mai is a hot spot

      for these animals), botany in different type of ecosystem (wetlands, dry forest and

      plantations, dipterocarp forest, rainforest and cloud forest, etc.

      This program is still in development stage

Geography Field trips

- Yet to be finalised , this would be Half or Full-day field trip for student groups (5-10): 

      Introduction to land uses in northern Thailand adapted for different age groups from

     14 years old to adults, this field trip will include the administrative and physical structure

     of villages in Thailand, the distribution of farmland around villages, the distinction

     between various agricultural lands, the farming practices in Northern Thailand and their

     role in a global economy, the protection of forest land and their importance for the

     future of Thailand

      This program is still in development stage

Physics & Chemistry Days

- A future program: 

      It will be a day of physics and/or chemistry experiments adapted for different age group and different levels of understanding.

      These days would include a series of fun experiments with explanations and/or interpretation of results.