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Durham University

Department of Earth Sciences

News

PhD Opportunties - GeoNetZero CDT

University of Durham (5 approved projects; 2 fully-funded PhD awards available) 

(28 Oct 2020) » More about PhD Opportunties - GeoNetZero CDT


Geophysics research wins international award

Prof. Gillian Foulger

One of our leading academics has been honoured for her outstanding achievements and contributions in geosciences.

(24 Oct 2020) » More about Geophysics research wins international award


My virtual field trip to Spain…

Although our Geology students aren’t able to visit Spain for their usual field trip right now, their tutors came up with a really innovative virtual alternative. 

(16 Oct 2020) » More about My virtual field trip to Spain…


Waste Heat

Sometimes we get lucky even amid the Covid 19 pandemic and opportunities arise. 

Map ofwaste heat across the UK

(18 Sep 2020) » More about Waste Heat


Prof Ed Llewellin wins prestigious Thermo Fisher Award for his work in volcanology

Ed Llewellin Earth Science staff member

(21 Aug 2020) » More about Prof Ed Llewellin wins prestigious Thermo Fisher Award for his work in volcanology


The Earth's deep water cycle

Several current and former staff from Durham’s Department of Earth Sciences were heavily involved in a new study, published in the journal Nature, investigating how the Earth's deep water cycle relates to magmatic productivity and earthquake activity.

(25 Jun 2020) » More about The Earth's deep water cycle


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