News from the Earth Sciences
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
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
'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
Two major grants will enhance the current research in the Goswami lab to reconstruct morphological evolution and modularity across tetrapods. This work will be carried out using advanced biological imaging techniques and quantitative analyses.
Published: Jan 29, 2015 4:33:36 PM
The annual Careers Forum takes place in the Garwood Lecture Theatre, from 6 – 7.30 and is followed by wine etc. in the Rock Room, where you are able to meet the speakers, and also Andy Walsh, the Careers Consultant within the UCL Careers Service who is responsible for Earth Sciences.
Published: Jan 27, 2015 2:52:43 PM
On Friday 9 January the Royal Astronomical Society announced the Society’s medals and awards for 2015. The prizes honour individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to astronomy and geophysics. The recipients will be invited to receive their awards at the 2015 National Astronomy Meeting, which will be held in Llandudno during July. More...
Published: Jan 27, 2015 2:27:16 PM
The Heart Mountain landslide of northwest Wyoming is the largest known
sub-aerial landslide on Earth. During its emplacement more than 2000 km3 of Paleozoic sedimentary and Eocene volcanic rocks slid >45 km
on a basal detachment surface dipping 2°, leading to 100 yr of debate
regarding the emplacement mechanisms. "Even I have a hard time visualizing a mountain moving 50 kilometers, but you can move it if the friction is low enough," said lead
study author Tom Mitchell.
Published: Jan 21, 2015 4:32:48 PM
Despite a well-documented ~40% decline in summer Arctic sea ice extent
since the late 1970’s, it has been difficult to estimate trends in sea
ice volume because thickness observations have been spatially incomplete
and temporally sporadic. While numerical models suggest that the
decline in extent has been accompanied by a reduction in volume, there
is considerable disagreement over the rate at which this has occurred.
Published: Dec 19, 2014 12:12:08 PM
This is an exciting opportunity for students with an interest in the deep Earth to become part of a large consortium of UK and international researchers funded by NERC. More...
Published: Dec 12, 2014 10:15:00 AM
As part of their independent research project two MSci
students, Joe Potten and Rebecca Pearce are taking part in a larger 4-year Chilean-funded project involving Tom Mitchell
(UCL), Jose Cembrano and Gonzalo Yanez ,both from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. This project aims to
focus on the nature and tectono-magmatic significance of transverse crustal
structures in the Andes, with some selected case studies from the Southern
Published: Dec 8, 2014 5:27:00 PM