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Department of Earth Sciences


Professor Martin H.P. Bott, MA (Cantab), PhD (Cantab), FRS

It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Professor Martin Bott on the 20th October; a highly regarded and much-loved member of the Department of Earth Sciences until his retirement, in 1988, to an emeritus but still research active role that lasted a further 30 years up until his death at the age of 92.

(29 Oct 2018) » More about Professor Martin H.P. Bott, MA (Cantab), PhD (Cantab), FRS

Energy supply research shortlisted for NERC 2018 Impact Award

Durham University research, which has helped open up potential new petroleum reserves to be used as part of the UK energy mix, has been shortlisted for a national impact award.

Professors Bob Holdsworth and Ken McCaffrey, Department of Earth Sciences, noticed unexplained mineral and sediment fills in geological cores taken many years ago off the west coast of Shetland.

(5 Nov 2018) » More about Energy supply research shortlisted for NERC 2018 Impact Award

Defining the formation of strategic metals

The Central African metallogenic belt, which straddles the border between Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, is a critical province not only for copper (Cu) but also cobalt (Co). The latter, which enables batteries to stock energy without overheating, is a global strategic metal for the technological revolution which is mandatory to face and remediate the challenges of climate change.

A critical aspect of mineral exploration is based on the possibility to rely on a robust genetic model which explains how those Cu-Co deposits formed in the Earth history.

(26 Oct 2018) » More about Defining the formation of strategic metals

Avalanche – making a deadly snowstorm

Explosives, snow and a car were used to trigger an avalanche in an episode of BBC2’s Horizon Programme to reveal more about the mystery behind this natural rollercoaster. The experiment was led by avalanche expert, Professor Jim McElwaine, from Durham University’s Earth Sciences department.

(18 Oct 2018) » More about Avalanche – making a deadly snowstorm

Excellence in Doctoral Supervision Award

Congratulations to Dr Stuart Jones who has won an Excellence in Doctoral Supervision Award from Durham University. The award recognises Stuart’s outstanding supervision of doctoral researchers (> 40 students) to completion of their studies and his significant contribution to their welfare and academic progress. The award was supported by nominations from many of his previous and current doctoral students. Stuart will be presented with the award at the Winter Graduation Ceremony in January 2019.

(25 Sep 2018)

Most Cited 2017 Bulletin of Volcanology paper

Congratulations to Antonio Capponi, who has won the Bulletin of Volcanology most cited paper 2017 award, for an early Career Reseacher. Antonio recieved his award at the conference Cities on Volcanoes 10 in Naples on 7 September, for his paper "Recycled ejecta modulating Strombolian explosions".

(25 Sep 2018)