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Department of Geography

Durham students successful in winning national awards

(21 April 2009)

  • Dorothy Sanders, a second year undergraduate in Geography, is the recipient of a £1,000 Monica Cole Research Grant award from the Royal Geographical Society. The grant will support Dorothy in her dissertation research this summer into the uptake of heavy metal pollutants from the now abandoned Zveãan smelter at the Trepca Mine Complex, Kosovo. Dorothy is also the recipient of a UNDP internship in Kosovo.
    Her research will lend insight into the potential exposure of the local population to pollution from the mine site, and suggest appropriate methods for future mitigation.
  • Two Geography students have been jointly awarded the prize for the best presentation at the student conference of the UK Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPsoc).
    Georgie Bennett (M.Sc. by research supervised by Dave Evans and Patrice Carbonneau) spoke on: Assessing glacier retreat and morphometric change at Kvíárjökull, Iceland and Rob Parker (M.Sc. by research supervised by Nick Rosser, Alex Densmore and Dave Petley) presented a talk entitled: Investigating controls on the spatial distribution of landslides triggered by the Wenchuan Earthquake, Sichuan Province, China.
  • Tamlynn Fleetwood, a PhD student in human geography, has been awarded a Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Slawson Award of £1000 to support her fieldwork in South Africa on youth identities and education.
  • Ed Garrett, a Masters student in physical geography, has been awarded the 2009 Geographical Club Award from the RGS/IBG and Geographical Club. The award of £1000 will fund his fieldwork in China on Holocene monsoon intensity.
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