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Scientists at Durham University scoop prestigious national awards

(13 December 2006)

Two scientists from the Earth Sciences Department at Durham University have won prestigious awards from the Geological Society of London, the Learned and Professional Society for Geoscientists in the UK.

The awardees were Dr Colin Macpherson, who received the Wollaston Fund, and Dr Glenn Milne, the recipient of the Murchison Fund. These awards are made to contributors to the Earth Sciences, who are under the age of 40, on the basis of excellence in published research.

Professor Robert Holdsworth, Chairman of Board of Studies in Earth Sciences at Durham University, said, “This is the second year in a row that Durham staff have scooped two such awards out of the four made each year and it reflects the dedication of the scientists involved and the quality of the academic environment at Durham. We are extremely proud of them both - they are an asset to the department.”

Dr Colin Macpherson has been responsible for the application of new geochemical techniques to understanding the role and origin of fluids and volatiles in many magmatic systems. He has conducted innovative studies using stable and noble gas isotope ratios to understand volatile fluxes into and out of the solid Earth. Colin was a pioneer in the development and use of laser fluorination to investigate oxygen isotope ratio variations in magmatic processes.

Dr Glenn Milne has made important scientific contributions in the area of geophysics by studying how ice sheets interact with the solid (rocky) Earth and the oceans. Two aspects of Glenn’s research that have been particularly well received include the application of the Global Positioning System (GPS) to monitor slow movements of the solid Earth and modelling studies of climate-driven sea-level change.

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