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Department of Earth Sciences

Earth Sciences News

Geopressure2015 – A huge success for Durham

In April CeREES (and the Department of Earth Science) hosted an international conference at Durham University, entitled, “Geopresssure2015 – The Life Cycle of a Well’. The Conference, which ran from 14th – 16th April 2015 in the University’s Calman Learning Centre, focused on pore fluid and fracture pressure in hydrocarbon exploration. 

(6 May 2015) » Geopressure2015 – A huge success for Durham


Professor Bob Holdsworth appointed as an ‘Anniversary Ambassador’ by NERC

During 2015, Bob will be meeting politicians, stakeholders and the general public, to promote the geoscience and environmental advances of NERC-funded science in the 50 years since the research council was formed.

(5 May 2015) » Professor Bob Holdsworth appointed as an ‘Anniversary Ambassador’ by NERC


Prof. Christine Peirce elected to the Council of the Geological Society

Department of Earth Sciences Professor Christine Peirce has been elected to the Council of the Geological Society of London in the recent ballot. Prof. Peirce and the six other candidates receiving the most votes will go forward to the Annual General Meeting on 3 June 2015 for election as Council members. 

(https://www.geolsoc.org.uk/About/Governance/Election-Results-2015) 

(5 May 2015)


Prof. Christine Peirce elected Vice President (Geophysics) of the Royal Astronomical Society

(5 May 2015)


Most of Britain’s national parks don’t have the “right rocks” for fracking

Most of Britain’s national parks are unsuitable for fracking due to their geology, according to experts at Durham University.

 

(30 Apr 2015) » most of Britain’s national parks don’t have the “right rocks” for fracking


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)