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Department of Earth Sciences

Earth Sciences News

Double success for PhD student Fienke Nanne

Double success for PhD student Fienke Nanne. Fenke has won a £1,000 Geological Society Research Grant to support her research, as well as winning the Best Poster Prize (sponsored by JAAS) at last week’s Research in Progress meeting of the Mineralogical and Geological societies' Geochemistry Group. Congratulations Fienke!

(1 Apr 2015)


Extent of Moon’s giant volcanic eruption is revealed

Scientists have produced a new map of the Moons most unusual volcano showing that its explosive eruption spread debris over an area much greater than previously thought.

(18 Mar 2015) » extent of Moon’s giant volcanic eruption is revealed


Consortium Volcanic Health Hazard study funded

A consortium led by Dr. Claire Horwell (Earth Sciences/IHRR) with Lena Dominelli (SASS), Judith Covey (Psychology), Claudia Merli (Anthropology) and James Mason (School of Medicine) has been awarded £599,939 by The Wellcome Trust and the Department for International Development to conduct a study: A new evidence base for respiratory health interventions in volcanic eruption crises.

(10 Mar 2015)


Photography Competition - 3rd Prize

Congratulations to Geophysics PhD student Emma Gregory, who won 3rd prize in the Faculty of Science Photography Competition

(10 Mar 2015) » Photography Competition - 3rd Prize


BP Funding Success

BP have provided £65,000 for Prof. Bob Holdsworth and Prof. Ken McCaffrey to conduct work relating to the Claire Field, west of Shetland.

(7 Mar 2015)


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