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Fresher's Induction Week

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The schedule for the 22nd - 28th Sept 2014 Freshers' Induction Week Programme at UCL Earth Sciences

International Carbon Conference 2014

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Carbon Conference 2014

The International Carbon Conference took place in Reykjavik, Iceland, from 25–29 August 2014, with field trips to Hellisheiði Geothermal Plant and Eyjafjallajökull volcano.

TomCaT Job Opportunity

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ToMCaT - UCL Earth Sciences
Research Associate in First-Principles Geochemical Studies of Aqueous Fluids Under Pressure

The post focuses on simulating carbonated aqueous fluids under pressure using first-principles molecular dynamics in order to better understand mantle fluids.

Deep Carbon Summer School

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DCO Summer School

Meeting Report: Deep Carbon Observatory Summer School 2014

The first Deep Carbon Observatory Summer School took place from 13-18 July 2014 at Big Sky Resort, MT, USA, with field trips into Yellowstone National Park, WY, USA. 

Alpha & Lomonosov Ridge Expedition 2014

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Steaming into the wind

Dr Mike Kaminski is a shipboard scientist on the Alpha Ridge-Lomonosov Ridge Expedition (ALEX 2014) organized by the Alfred Wegner Institute (AWI), Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research to carry out geoscientific investigations in the central Arctic Ocean.  This 10 weeks long expedition, onboard the German icebreaker R/V Polarstern, aims to conduct geophysical site surveys and collect piston cores for future IODP drill sites that are already in the planning stage. 

Oxygen burrowed away

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Multicellular animals probably evolved at the seafloor after a rise in oceanic oxygen levels. In 2013, Graham Shields-Zhou and his Chinese colleague Maoyan Zhu proposed that when these animals began to rework (bioturbate) the seafloor for the first time close to the Precambrian-Cambrian boundary, they triggered a negative feedback that reduced and stabilised global atmospheric and ocean oxygen levels. 

2014 Sino-UK Summer School

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Nanjing Summer School

The 2014 Sino-UK Coevolution of Life and the Planet Summer School, which was held in Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology (NIGPAS), Chinese Academy of Sciences, from 5th July to 11th July, has ended successfully. More than 40 participants took part from Maryland University (USA), University College London (UK) and 12 Chinese institutions.

Nordic Noir: Secrets of the Ash.

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Nordic Noir: Secrets of the Ash

Listen to Dr Richard Wall discuss the use of geological information to set the scene for modern crime novels on the Nordic Noir Book Club podcast.

Micropaleontology - special edition.

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Mike Kaminski and Laia Alegret (a former postdoc at UCL, now a Professor at the University of Zaragosa) have published a thematic volume of "Micropaleontology", containing the results of papers presented at the Ninth International Workshop on Agglutinated Foraminifera (IWAF-9).

Senior Promotions

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Senior Promotions

Warmest congratulations to Paul Upchurch and Ian Wood on their promotions to Professor of Palaeobiology & Professor of Crystallography respectively. We also would like to congratulate Dr  Pieter Vermeesch on his promotion to Reader in Geochronology.

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