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Department of Earth Sciences

Earth Sciences News

The world's most deadly volcanoes

The BBC has consulted with Professor Jon Davidson in creating the following article about some of the deadliest volcanic eruptions to have affected humans around the world:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150227-the-worlds-most-deadly-volcanoes

(4 Mar 2015)


Marie Curie Funding Success

Congratulations to Dr. Amy Riches and Dr. Emily Stevenson, who have both won Marie Curie Individual Fellowships to work on projects with Durham Geochemists.

(4 Mar 2015) » Marie Curie Funding Success


NERC Funding Success

Congratulations to Dr. Helen Williams and Prof. Colin Macpherson have been awarded £142,000 for their contribution to the project “Tellurium and Selenium (TeaSe) Cycling and Supply” which has been funded as part of the NERC Research Programme: Security of Supply of (SoS) Minerals.

(4 Mar 2015)


New Kīlauea volcanic health hazard study

A new study to examine how people who live downwind of Kīlauea Volcano cope with volcanic gas emissions, or vog, is currently underway. Led by Dr. Claire Horwell, the study is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. Read the press release here.

(18 Feb 2015) » New Kīlauea volcanic health hazard study


Reduced rainfall in the northern tropics linked to industrial emissions, research suggests

Image of Yok Balum Cave, Belize

Scientists have produced a rainfall record strongly suggesting that man-made industrial emissions have contributed to less rainfall in the northern tropics.

(9 Feb 2015) » reduced rainfall in the northern tropics linked to industrial emissions, research suggests


Tectonic Studies Group Student Success

Two Earth Sciences PhD students were awarded prizes for their contributions at this year's Tectonic Studies Group annual meeting in Edinburgh.

(20 Jan 2015) » Tectonic Studies Group Student Success


Newly Published book by Earth Sciences Senior Lecturer

Introducing Sedimentology by Durham University Earth Sciences Senior Lecturer Stuart Jones is a newly published book from Dunedin Academic Press and is the latest addition to their Geology and Earth Science book collection.

(20 Jan 2015) » Newly Published book by Earth Sciences Senior Lecturer


Prof Mike O’Hara

It is with great sadness that we learned this week that Professor Mike O’Hara passed away on 24 November 2014. Mike was an Honorary Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at Durham and was a huge influence on many generations of petrologists and geochemists around the world. Professor Emeritus David Rickards (Cardiff University) kindly allowed us to post this obituary of Mike.

(28 Nov 2014)


Earth Science into Schools module helps inspire the scientists of tomorrow

A Durham Earth Sciences student explores the full breadth of the undergraduate course by helping children at Trimdon Primary school:

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(13 May 2014)