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Department of Earth Sciences

Earth Sciences News

NERC Centre for Doctoral Training in Oil and Gas and NERC IAPETUS Doctoral Training Program

The Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP) invites applications for a number of fully funded PhD studentships starting in September 2017. More information about the exciting projects can be found here.

(16 Jan 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


Understanding the dynamics of an avalanche

Professor Jim McElwaine of the Department of Earth Sciences talks about new research, published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, which has given some of the first detailed measurements of what takes place inside an avalanche. 

(25 Nov 2016) » Understanding the dynamics of an avalanche


Hurricane risk to Northeast USA coast increasing

The Northeastern coast of the USA could be struck by more frequent and more powerful hurricanes in the future due to shifting weather patterns, according to new research.

(23 Nov 2016) » Hurricane risk to Northeast USA coast increasing


First UK 'Teacher at sea' describes her Research Cruise on board the RRS James Cook

The first UK 'Teacher at Sea', Angela Bentley, was a member of the scientific party for Prof. Christine Peirce's last research cruise aboard the RRS James Cook (JC132). 

(21 Apr 2016) » First UK 'Teacher at sea' describes her Research Cruise on board the RRS James Cook


Geological Society of London Young Author Award

Congratulations to PhD Student Cat Hirst, who won the W Dearman Award 2015 for her role in the co-authored paper 'The late field life of the East Midlands Petroleum Province; a new geothermal prospect?' (QJEGH 48 (2) 104-114. 

(15 Mar 2016) » Geological Society of London Young Author Award


Durham-Saudi Aramco Project Success

The Durham University – Saudi Aramco project “Developing Environmentally Friendly Drilling Fluid Additives”, led by Prof. Chris Greenwell & Prof. Andy Whiting, has resulted in Dr John Hall, Environmental Specialist at Saudi Aramco, receiving a commendation and prize for the success of the project in generating a number of patents.

(26 Feb 2016)