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Durham University

Department of Earth Sciences

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New Earth Science Blog

How has lockdown affected our department of Earth Sciences? In this first blog post, we take a look at how staff and students have been affected by this difficult time, what challenges they face, and how they have been coping. More about

(28 May 2020)


Should we wear face masks?

Face Mask

Claire Horwell in our Department of Earth Sciences and Fiona McDonald in the Faculty of Law at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia, consider the mixed messages behind face mask use during the Covid-19 pandemic.

(6 May 2020) » More about Should we wear face masks?


Microplastic ‘garbage patches’ on the seafloor controlled by ocean currents

One of our researchers, Florian Pohl has helped record the highest level of microplastics ever found on the ocean floor – with up to 1.9 million pieces in an area of just one square metre.

(1 May 2020) » More about Microplastic ‘garbage patches’ on the seafloor controlled by ocean currents


Patience Cowie - Durham Alumna

It is with great sadness that we record that Patience Cowie passed away on April 7th 2020. She graduated with a degree in geology from Durham in 1985. She was most recently a Professor at University of Bergen, Norway. Patience was an inspiring structural geologist who made major contributions to studies of fault scaling, extensional basin evolution and active faulting.

We extend our condolences to her husband Leo Zijerveld and daughters Esther and Saskia.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patience_Cowie

(14 Apr 2020)


Earth Science research fellow Dr Phil Heron has been selected as a N8 New Pioneer.

(27 Jan 2020) » More about Earth Science research fellow Dr Phil Heron has been selected as a N8 New Pioneer.


Yaoling Niu becomes an AGU Fellow

Yaoling became an American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fellow at the annual meeting in San Francisco on December 11th, an honour bestowed on just 0.1% of AGU’s 60,000 members each year.

(13 Dec 2019) » More about Yaoling Niu becomes an AGU Fellow


Madeleine Humphreys Awarded ERC Consolidator Grant

Madeleine has been awarded a highly prestigious European Research Consolidator grant for her STEMMS project: Storage and eruption of mushy magma systems.

(12 Dec 2019) » More about Madeleine Humphreys Awarded ERC Consolidator Grant


Yaoling Niu: Globally Influential Geoscientist

Yaoling Niu

Yaoling has been honoured as a 2019 Highly Cited Researcher by the Web of Science. This recognizes the world's most influential researchers of the past decade, demonstrated by the production of multiple highly-cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in Web of Science. Many congratulations Yaoling!

Durham researchers named among world’s best

(19 Nov 2019)


Charlotte Adams wins Energy Champion Award

At the gala ceremony of the 20th Energy Institute (EI) Awards in London last week, Charlotte Adams won the EI’s ’s prestigious Energy Champion Award for her work on geothermal energy.

(12 Nov 2019) » More about Charlotte Adams wins Energy Champion Award


Earth Sciences Star in Impact Awards

The department was very much centre-stage in the University’s 2019 Impact and Engagement Awards.

(12 Nov 2019) » More about Earth Sciences Star in Impact Awards


PhD Presentation Award for Jack Lee

Jack Lee

(28 Oct 2019) » More about PhD Presentation Award for Jack Lee


Naming of the RRS Sir David Attenborough

Sir Richard Attenborough Ship

On Thursday 26th September Professor Christine Peirce attended the naming of the RRS Sir David Attenborough at the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead. Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge, together with Prince William and Sir David himself, did the honours smashing a bottle of champaign against the ship's hull. Professor Peirce has been appointed to lead the at-sea fitness for science trials of the marine geology and geophysics instrumentation when the vessel makes it to sea next year.

 

(1 Oct 2019)


2019 Energy & Fuels Joint Award for Excellence in Publication

Award for Excellence

The Energy & Fuels Joint Award for Excellence in Publication recognizes a notable article that has been published in the American Chemical Society’s journal Energy & Fuels during the previous 5 years. 

(6 Sep 2019) » More about 2019 Energy & Fuels Joint Award for Excellence in Publication


Double Medal Success for our Volcanologists

Madeleine and Fabian

At the 27th General Assembly of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) in Montreal this summer, two members of our department were awarded honours for their academic accomplishments in the Earth Sciences and in volcanology in particular.

(6 Sep 2019) » More about Double Medal Success for our Volcanologists


Fieldwork Bursary from the Yorkshire Geological Society

Tegan Allan fieldwork

Thanks to winning a Fieldwork Bursary of £250 from the Yorkshire Geological Society, Durham Earth Sciences student Tegan Allen is able to undertake extended field-scale trials of a mine water clean-up technology at Cwmystwyth mine in mid-Wales

(16 Aug 2019) » More about Fieldwork Bursary from the Yorkshire Geological Society


Analyte Excite + 193nm Eximer Laser Ablation system (Teledyne Photon Machines)

The department has improved the capability of the geochemistry laboratories by the recent delivery of an Analyte Excite + 193nm Eximer Laser Ablation system (Teledyne Photon Machines). Coupled to our existing Thermo Scientific X-Series 11 ICP-MS this will enable the elemental analysis of solid samples of sizes of 20um and less allowing for great spatial resolution. The instrument will initially be used to develop methods tracking and quantifying magma oxidation state and equilibrium melt composition, using minerals such as amphibole and apatite. Other application areas include: Environmental and geological analysis, including, elemental concentrations isotope ratios and fluid inclusion and Paleo environment reconstruction.

(19 Jul 2019)