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Professor Philip Barker
Professor Philip Barker from the Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, has been appointed as Visiting Research Associate with the British Geological Survey. Prof. Barker will hold this honorary position with the British Geological Survey alongside his post and ongoing research projects at the University of Lancaster.


BGS roundel
NERC proceeds to the next stage of its review of the ownership and governance of the British Geological Survey.


Professor Colin Snape
Professor Colin Snape, Director of Energy Technologies Research Institute, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham has been appointed as Visiting Research Associate with the British Geological Survey.


Sven Könitzer
In early December 2013, Sven Könitzer was granted a doctorate for his PhD research, jointly funded by the British Geological Survey and the University of Leicester, Primary biological controls on UK Lower Namurian shale gas prospectivity: A step towards understanding a major potential UK unconventional gas resource.


Professor Sarah Davies
Professor Sarah Davies, of the University of Leicester, has been invited to be a visiting research associate with the British Geological Survey.


ECORD logo
On 7 September 2013 the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD) launched a challenging two-month expedition to the Baltic Sea. On-board the drilling vessel Greatship Manisha is a team from BGS.


BGS staff member Helen Bonsor
Helen Bonsor has won a silver medal as part of the Scotland team in the World Long Distance Mountain WRMA competition in Poland. Helen finished 7th overall in the women's race in a time of 4h:01m:32s. This is a fantastic performance on her international debut.


Professor  Melanie Leng
Professor Melanie Leng will join the NERC Peer Review College (NERC PRC) as a core panel member from 1 January 2014. The core panel members have lead responsibility for attending moderating panel meetings to ensure consistency within and between different panel areas and funding schemes.


Moss bank
A new study of plants and soils in Antarctica shows fundamental changes related to global warming. The research is a result of a collaboration between two NERC Institutes (British Antarctic Survey and British Geological Survey) and the Universities of Cambridge and Exeter.


Dr Robert Thomas receiving the Coke Medal
Dr Robert Thomas has won the 2013 Coke Medal for 'Services to Africa'. The Coke Medal, awarded annually by the Geological Society, is given to scientists for their contributions to geology.


Prof. Melanie Leng
A review article on the use of isotope geochemistry in lake sediments as a means of understanding past climates remains one of the top downloaded articles in the environmental change journal Quaternary Science Reviews.


Dragon's back perspective
Our research reveals that the changing shape of a hillslope can reveal whether a landscape is growing due to erosion driven by tectonic processes beneath, or is in a state of decay.


Mike Stephenson
Mike's new book 'Returning Carbon To Nature' looks at carbon capture and storage as part of the carbon cycle and climate change, and at coal and its place in future energy.


BGS roundel
The British Geological Survey (BGS), along with other centres in the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), has been assessed to determine the excellence and impact of its research.


Groundwater modelling
We are seeking the views and metadata requirements of environmental modellers, model users, and those providing data sets for use in modelling.


Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS)
A BGS SuDS paper has won a highly commended award at the 2013 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence.


The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has approved a grant of £1.2 m to a UK team including researchers at the British Geological Survey (BGS) to investigate the influence of past climatic changes on human evolution in Africa.


Photograph of the William Smith Building
The British Geological Surveys owner Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is calling for evidence on potential ownership and governance structures for its research centres.


Patrick Bell accepting award
The Esri UK Annual Conference 2013 was held on May 21st. Patrick Bell, representing the BGS smartphone development team, was awarded 'Best Conference Presentation' for his talk in the mobile track entitled 'Geology apps, maps and augmented reality'.


Core logging
A new initiative to visualise the subsurface of Singapore is underway at the British Geological Survey (BGS). The BGS is working with the Singapore Building and Construction Authority (BCA) to build a 3D geological model of Singapore to help make the best future use of underground space. Amongst lots of different activities to support this work, the BGS was recently involved in an industry focused event at the BCA Academy in Singapore from 16-18 April 2013.


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