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Department of Earth Sciences

Earth Sciences News

PhD Opportunity

We are pleased to announce that an exciting opportunity has arisen for a fully-funded, four year PhD studentship to start in October 2017 - more details can be found here.

(21 Jul 2017)


First real-time measurements of Earth's surface displacement during major earthquake

A team of researchers led by the Department of Earth Sciences has collected the first real-time measurements of Earth’s surface displacement during a major earthquake, as published in the journal Scientific Reports

(6 Jul 2017) » First real-time measurements of Earth's surface displacement during major earthquake


Exploring geothermal energy potential

Researchers at the University’s Durham Energy Institute (DEI) are exploring the Earth’s geothermal energy potential

(4 Jul 2017) » Exploring geothermal energy potential


Drilling for Shale Gas in Lancashire

Andy Aplin commented on Cuadrilla's current drilling activities in Lancashire in Big Issue North. The article can be found here.

(15 May 2017)


Brooke Owen Fellowship Success!

We are very pleased to report that the Brooke Owen Fellowship has chosen Alexandra (Sasha) Warren, one of our Level 2 students, to spend 10 weeks on an internship with the XPRIZE Foundation in California this summer.

"The Brooke Owens Fellowship Program is a highly competitive, paid internship and mentorship program designed to honor the memory of beloved space industry pioneer and accomplished pilot, Brooke Owens, by inspiring and training exceptional undergraduate women seeking a career in aviation or space exploration”.

Sasha was awarded the Fellowship based on her academic performance and interest in planetary geology.

(1 Feb 2017)


Mysterious sea creature part of a new family

One branch on the tree of life is a bit more crowded today as a team of scientists have revealed what a bizarre group of cone-shaped sea creatures actually are, as reported in Nature.

(12 Jan 2017) » mysterious sea creature part of a new family


Mysterious sea creature part of a new family

One branch on the tree of life is a bit more crowded today as a team of scientists have revealed what a bizarre group of cone-shaped sea creatures actually are, as reported in Nature.

(12 Jan 2017) » mysterious sea creature part of a new family


Distinguished Geologic Career Award in the Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology and Volcanology (MGPV) Division

We am very pleased to report that the Geological Society of America has chosen Jon Davidson to receive the 2017 Distinguished Geologic Career Award of its Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology and Volcanology (MGPV) Division. This award recognizes geologic work and places contributions as a geologist, first and foremost, with particular emphasis on field-observations.

Along with his AGU Fellowship award, which his wife Donna collected on Wednesday at the AGU Fall Meeting, this means that both of North America’s largest professional/learned geoscience societies have honoured Jon’s career this year.

http://community.geosociety.org/mgpvdivision/awards/dgca

(21 Dec 2016)


Inhalation of air pollution and volcanic ash, together, may cause a potentially-toxic response

There are many cities around the world located near active volcanoes. Whilst inhaling volcanic ash is a potential health concern, many communities are already inhaling deleterious air pollutants in urban locations (e.g., from vehicle exhaust), yet the combined effect of breathing in both types of pollutants is unknown.

(15 Dec 2016) » Inhalation of air pollution and volcanic ash, together, may cause a potentially-toxic response