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Soapbox Science 2015 - bringing Sciences to the People

The planet Mercury is approximately 48 million miles away, but this summer I’m bringing Mercury to the SouthBank! More...

Published: May 21, 2015 10:26:00 AM


Job Opportunity - Research Associates level.

Applications are invited for two research associates positions in the Mineral Physics group in the Department of Earth Sciences whose aim is to understand the dynamics and evolution of the deep Earth and planets. The research will focus on pre-melting behaviour in iron, in simple metals and in other simple materials. The research will determine whether or not there are significant changes in material properties (such as elastic constants, sound velocities and other thermoelastic properties) just prior to melting. More...

Published: May 15, 2015 10:26:00 AM


The riddle of Earth’s magnetic core

Resistance caused by electrons bouncing off each other in Earth’s molten iron core is essential to explain how the planet’s protective magnetic field is generated, say researchers at UCL, the Carnegie Institution for Science and Rutgers University, USA. More...

Published: May 11, 2015 10:26:00 AM


Alumnus Summer Party

All UCL Earth Sciences alumni are cordially invited to our Alumnus Summer Party on Friday 12th June 2015. The Party will run from 6pm to 11pm and will be held in the Marquee in the UCL Main Quad (access via main entrance on Gower Street). There is no charge, and complimentary drinks and a buffet will be provided. More...

Published: Apr 9, 2015 10:26:00 AM


Our PhD geochemists present their research.

Dr Philip Pogge Von Strandmann and PhD students Rehemat Bhatia and Tianchen He attended the 2015 Geochemistry Group Research in Progress Meeting, which took place at the National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton.

Published: Apr 8, 2015 10:26:00 AM


Mixed-Habit Diamonds

Nitrogen isotope values from mantle diamonds are a commonly used tracer in the quest to track volatiles within the Earth’s mantle through deep time. Interpretations of this isotope data are valid so long as stable isotope fractionation processes in the mantle are understood.

Published: Apr 2, 2015 1:27:00 PM

EU Funds Adrian Jones

ShaleXenvironmenT - EU Funded Research into shale gas.

The consortium, named ShaleXenvironmenT, will examine the potential environmental impacts of exploiting economically important deposits of hydrocarbons in shale formations in Europe. More...

Published: Apr 2, 2015 11:26:00 AM


Postgraduate Taught Prize Winner 2014

In her response to being awarded the MAPS Faculty prize, Lara stated: “I am both thrilled and stunned to receive this prize. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the UCL Hazard Centre and would like to express my gratitude to the staff and fellow students for making it such a great experience. My MSc research project was centred on risk communication during a volcanic emergency and how interdisciplinary methods can be applied to increase the likelihood of successful translation of physical science into an effective emergency response. This is a critical area of applied volcanology as misunderstandings between scientists, emergency managers and the media can transform an emergency into disaster. I would especially like to thank my supervisors for all of their time, guidance and support. I’m excited to be collaborating with them on a paper in the future.” More...

Published: Feb 19, 2015 10:26:16 AM


Prof Tom Barnard

Professor Tom Barnard, who died earlier this year (26th Jan. 2015), was a UCL graduate, and after service in World War II was appointed in 1946 as an Assistant Lecturer in Micropalaeontology at UCL. He was promoted to Professor in 1963, and retired from UCL in 1982.

Published: Feb 9, 2015 12:14:19 PM

NERC: The Long-term Co-Evolution of Life and the Planet

'Long term coevolution of Life and the Planet' is a 4-year programme which is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council as part of the Earth Systems Science theme. The aim of the programme is to promote interdisciplinary research into periods of major environmental and biological change in earth history and to improve our understanding of how these affected the composition of the atmosphere, ocean and the evolution of life. The programme assists in the training of young scientists through project studentships and short courses and engages in various public engagement activities.  More...

Published: Feb 2, 2015 2:00:29 PM