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Collapse of civilizations worldwide defines youngest unit of the Geologic Time Scale

The Late Holocene Meghalayan Age, newly-ratified as the most recent unit of the Geologic Time Scale, began at the time when agricultural societies around the world experienced an abrupt and critical mega-drought and cooling 4,200 years ago. This key decision follows many years of research by Quaternary scientists, scrutinized and tested by the subcommissions of the International Commission on Stratigraphy under the chairmanship of Professor David Harper, Durham University, UK.

(6 Jul 2018) » More about Collapse of civilizations worldwide defines youngest unit of the Geologic Time Scale


Earth Sciences Research Debated in Westminster

Research being undertaken by Dr Charlotte Adams and Prof Jon Gluyas was the subject of a debate held in Westminster recently. This research considers the potential of abandoned coal mines in the UK for decarbonising heat demand.

(6 Jul 2018) » More about Earth Sciences Research Debated in Westminster


Richard Swarbrick Awarded the Geological Society's Petroleum Group Medal

Congratulations to Richard Swarbrick, who received the Geological Society of London’s 2018 Petroleum Group Medal at a ceremony at the Natural History Museum on June 21st. The award recognised Richard's fundamental research into overpressure mechanisms and development of predictive technology leading to safer drilling of wells.

Richard was a member of the department's academic staff for 13 years, during which time he led the GeoPOP (GEOsciences Project into OverPressure) research consortium and set up the spinout company GeoPressure Technology, which became part of the Ikon Science Group in 2006. Richard now has his own consultancy and is Chairman of the Department's External Advisory Board.

(25 Jun 2018)


AAPG outstanding oral presentation award

Final year PhD student Sean O’Neill has won the outstanding oral presentation award at the recent AAPG Geoscience Technical Workshop- Pore Pressure and Geomechanics: From Exploration to Abandonment in Perth, Australia. Sean presented his research findings on McKee-13 hydrocarbon well blowout in the Taranaki Basin, New Zealand. His research assesses the causal mechanisms behind the incident and highlights key lessons to be learned. Sean is currently in New Zealand presenting his final PhD research findings on the evolution and distribution pore pressure across the Taranaki Basin at various universities and operating oil companies.

(22 Jun 2018)


Professor Neil Goulty, MA (Oxon), PhD (Cantab)

It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Professor Neil Goulty on the 6th June; a highly regarded and much-admired member of the Department of Earth Sciences for 36 years until his retirement in 2016, to an emeritus but still research active role.

(18 Jun 2018) » More about Professor Neil Goulty, MA (Oxon), PhD (Cantab)


Research In Progress Day 2018 -BP Conference Bursaries

Many thanks to all the speakers at the Research In Progress Day 2018, the judging panel commented on the high quality of all the talks.

First prize (£300):
- Natalia Wasielka
, Diagenetic controls on reservoir quality in carboniferous tight gas sandstones
Joint second prize (£100 each):
- Miles Wilson, Basin compartmentalisation: interpretation and importance in the long-term migration of hydraulic fracturing fluids
- Pavlos Farangitakis, An analogue modelling approach to plate motion variations in rift-transform margin intersections.

Congratulations to Natalia, Miles and Pavlos.

(14 Jun 2018)


Charlotte Adams Awarded the Geological Society’s Aberconway Medal

Congratulations to Charlotte Adams, who received the Geological Society of London’s Aberconway Medal at a ceremony in London on June 7th. The Geological Society of London is the chartered UK professional body for Earth Science and the Aberconway Medal is awarded for excellence in applied geoscience. The award recognises Charlotte's ground-breaking work in extracting heat from water-flooded coal mines. The legacy of mines in the UK, their abundance and their distribution is such that most of the major population centres in the UK could have heat supplied from such mines allowing the UK to improve its energy security while simultaneously decarbonising heat.

(13 Jun 2018)


George Cooper Awarded the Geological Society’s Murchison Fund

Congratulations to George Cooper, who received the Geological Society of London’s Murchison Fund at a ceremony in London on June 7th. The Geological Society of London is the chartered UK professional body for Earth Science and the Murchison Fund is awarded to early career geoscientists who have made excellent contributions to the research of ‘hard' rock geology and its application. George is part of the Volcanology Group and has been recognised for his research into magmatic plumbing systems.

(13 Jun 2018)


Bob Holdsworth Awarded the Geological Society’s Coke Medal

Congratulations to Bob Holdsworth, who received the Geological Society of London’s Coke Medal at a ceremony in London on June 7th. The Geological Society of London is the chartered UK professional body for Earth Science and the Coke Medal was awarded to Bob in recognition of his overall contribution and significant service to geoscience, through administrative, organisational and promotional activities resulting in benefits to the community.

(7 Jun 2018)


Departmental Research In Progress Day

As part of their annual progress review our second-year research postgraduate students will present their work at the Department’s Research In Progress Day. As well as the student presenters and their supervisors and review teams, all PGR students and Department staff are invited to attend.

The 2018 RIP Day will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday, 6 June, in ES230 (TR3), with the following talks scheduled:

(29 May 2018) » More about Departmental Research In Progress Day


The unique challenges of living at sea for 63 days

Richard Hobbs is the co-chief scientist on this cruise to sample Cretaceous rocks to study climate and tectonics off south-west Australia. Vivien Cumming (the writer and producer) did her PhD here in the department.

The unique challenges of living at sea for 63 days

International Ocean Discovery Program Expedition 369

(23 May 2018)


EGU Outstanding Student Poster and PICO Award 2018

Final year PhD student Sarah Clancy has won the highly competitive Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award contest at the EGU General Assembly in Vienna. Sarah presented her recent research on the optimisation of technically recoverable reserves from shale gas production. Her research assessed how to maximise shale gas extraction through optimal horizontal length whilst minimising the potential surface disruption. Sarah will receive her award at the General Assembly in Vienna next year.

(22 May 2018)


National Ocean-Bottom Instrumentation Facility Recommissioned by NERC

The UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has been reviewing all of its services and facilities. One of these - NERC's Geophysical Equipment Facility: Ocean-Bottom Instrumentation Facility (GEF-OBIF) - has been delivered by the Ocean-Bottom Instrumentation Group within the department for the last 15 years. We are delighted to report that the GEF has just been recommissioned by the NERC, who graded it amongst those of the highest calibre, capability and national need within NERC's portfolio. This is a huge achievement set in the context of a range of other facilities being retired or significantly changed in their mode and extent of delivery.

(22 May 2018) » More about National Ocean-Bottom Instrumentation Facility Recommissioned by NERC