Research news and awards

Latest news about our research. Project progress and collaboration. Awards and achievements.


Julian Henderson

Prof Julian Henderson from the Department of Archaeology, University of Nottingham, has been appointed as Visiting Research Associate within the Centre for Environmental Geochemistry, British Geological Survey. Julian's research interests include understand the sources and roles of geological and environmental materials such as sand, plants or clays in the production and trade of ancient materials including glass and pottery and investigating the impact of ancient mining and material production on the environment both in the past and in the present with Prof Jane Evans and Dr Simon Chenery (BGS).



10 December 2014

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Update following the NERC Council meeting on the 4th of December regarding Ownership and Governance.


10 December 2014

Russ Evans

It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Russ Evans (Dr J R Evans) who sadly passed away on 1 December after a brave battle with cancer. We have lost a valued colleague and our thoughts are with his family.



3 December 2014

AGI award winner
We're proud to announce our staff and projects received several nominations and awards at the Association for Geographic Information Awards for Geospatial Excellence presented by Prof Iain Stewart (University of Plymouth).


19 November 2014

BGS staff member Sev Kender
Congratulations to Dr Sev Kender from the Centre of Environmental Geochemistry who has won a NERC-IODP small grant to work on reconstructing deep Pacific Ocean circulation since the Oligocene. The project will analyse Nd isotopes in fossil fish teeth collected during IODP Exp. 351 to the Philippine Sea.


7 November 2014

Dr Jonathan Dean
Congratulations to Dr Jonathan Dean who has been appointed as a Post Doctoral Research Associate (at the BGS and in association with the School of Geography) on NERC Standard Grant: A 500,000–year environmental record from Chew Bahir, south Ethiopia: testing hypotheses of climate-driven human evolution, innovation, and dispersal. Jonathan is currently working as an Isotope Apprentice within the BGS and will transfer to this new post in March 2015.


7 November 2014

BGS staff member Angela Lamb
Congratulations to Dr Angela Lamb on her appointment as Honorary Research Fellow within the Department of Archaeology, University of Nottingham. Angela’s appointment is due to her role in heading stable isotope-archaeology collaborations within the Centre for Environmental Geochemistry and her research with Dr Naomi Sykes and Dr Holly Miller on the AHRC grant: Changing Scientific and Cultural Perspectives on Human-Chicken Interactions.


7 November 2014

Dr Simon Chenery
Congratulations to Dr Simon Chenery on his appointment as Honorary Research Fellow within the Department of Archaeology, University of Nottingham. Simon has worked on pottery, flints and teeth with archaeologists across the UK. His current research collaboration with Prof Julian Henderson and Prof Jane Evans is on provanancing and understanding the geochemical characteristics of source materials for Middle Eastern ancient glasses.


7 November 2014

Naomi Sykes
Congratulations to Dr Naomi Sykes from the Department of Archaeology, University of Nottingham who has been appointed as a Visiting Research Associate within the Centre for Environmental Geochemistry, British Geological Survey. Naomi works closely with Dr Angela Lamb and Prof Jane Evans on a variety of isotope-based zooarchaeology projects including the recently awarded AHRC grant: Changing Scientific and Cultural Perspectives on Human-Chicken Interactions.


7 November 2014

BGS staff member Robert Ward
Congratulations to Rob Ward (Director of Science for Groundwater, BGS) on his appointment as Honorary Professor within the School of Geography. Rob is responsible for managing an integrated programme of research addressing groundwater protection, management and impacts of environmental change at the BGS. His personal research interests include assessing the risks to groundwater from shale gas exploitation, groundwater pollution by nitrates and emerging contaminants, the impacts on groundwater from extreme climate-driven events, and developing better links between science outcomes and policy/decision making.


24 October 2014