BUFI news and events

The latest news and posts about past and future events involving our students.

2016

  • Expanded – our BUFI alumni
    Take a look at our expanded BUFI alumni page which now includes past students back to our first successful completions in 1998. We have a staggering 130 plus students for you to browse by completion year to see the breadth and depth of PhDs that BGS has supported. Following an internet based investigation in early 2016 we have found out what most of our past students were doing to provide a snapshot of the diverse roles they have in both academia and industry. We know from feedback from some past students that they put their success in their careers down to having completed their PhD with support from BGS which is great news for us!
  • Ex-BUFI student Stefan Lachowycz awarded prestigious scholarship

    Ex-BUFI student Stefan Lachowycz (BGS supervisor, Katy Mee), who completed his PhD earlier this year, has been awarded a Fulbright-Lloyd's of London scholarship to continue studying at the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism of the Carnegie Institution in Washington DC for a year from September 2016. Stefan will investigate temporal changes in volcanic hazards and risk by statistical analysis of data from monitoring of active volcanoes.

    Stefan has produced some excellent work from his PhD, which has already led to a number of publications and with more to follow. Working with Stefan has also strengthened links with Oxford University, in particular with his co-supervisors, David Pyle and Tamsin Mather, and may lead to future opportunities for supervising PhD students.

    Talking about his PhD his BGS supervisor, Katy Mee, said, 'I would like to express my sincere congratulations and thanks to Stefan for all his hard work on this project and the contribution his work has made to our understanding of temporal variations in arc volcanism, particularly in South America. His work has already produced some important publications and he will, no doubt, continue to make excellent contributions to this field.'

    Press release

  • BUFI student Dan Middleton hits the news

    BUFI student Dan Middleton hit the news in May after a press release 'Toxic arsenic exposure discovered in Cornish private water supplies'. This generated articles in the Daily Express, and BBC news online. Dan also did an interview with his BGS supervisor, Dr Michael Watts, on BBC Cornwall (available until 08/06/2016 and starts at about 20 minutes 20 seconds). Dan is in his final year of his research 'Geogenic arsenic attributable health risks in UK and the European Union' his supervisor at the University of Manchester is Professor David Polya. The research behind this news is in Dan's published papers 'Urinary arsenic profiles reveal exposures to inorganic arsenic from private drinking water supplies in Cornwall, UK' in Nature.com Scientific Reports DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep25656 and 'Prolonged exposure to arsenic in UK private water supplies: toenail, hair and drinking water concentrations', Environmental Science; Processes & Impacts. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C6EM00072J.

  • DTP training – Principles and practice of stable isotope geochemistry in earth and environmental geosciences

    The British Geological Survey and the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre in Glasgow will be running this short course. The aim of the two day course is to allow non-experts to gain an understanding of the use of stable isotopes in earth and environmental geosciences, through lectures, workshops and hands-on lab work. Further details of course content, dates and how to apply are provided in the links below:

    Course details 2016 – Glasgow
    Course details 2017 – Keyworth

  • Save the date BUFI Science Festival 2016 - Edinburgh

    We are excited to publicise the date of the 2016 BUFI Science Festival which will be held on Friday 17th June. The event will be held for the first time in Scotland at the Edinburgh Conference Centre, Heriot-Watt University, the new home of BGS Scotland. We are delighted to announce that our Guest Speaker this year will be Professor Paul Younger of the University of Glasgow and Chair of the BGS Advisory Committee. Professor Younger will give a talk on 'Speaking truth to power or untruth to the powerless? Some dilemmas of geoscientific integrity in public engagement'.

  • Award of NERC Advanced Training Short Course

    BGS have been awarded a NERC Advanced Training Short Course on:

    Multidisciplinary fieldwork and modelling skills for the mining industry.

    The course will include field deployment of several instrument technologies including spectroscopy, portable XRF, portable XRD and ground LiDAR. It is aimed at doctoral and early career researchers and will enable them to experience the work flow used in the planning, capture and interpretation of field data. The training will be delivered in two parts:

    1. At BGS Keyworth Office: Initial reconnaissance, campaign planning, interpretation and analysis of remotely sensed data.
    2. On the Greek island of Milos: Training in a range of field observation and instrumentation techniques and the generation of a statistically–based prospectivity map.

    The training will also develop skills in leadership, significant team working, task delegation and an appreciation of the social, community and environmental issues associated with mineral exploration and extraction.

    The course is open to UK–based Doctoral and Early Career researchers, but will prioritise NERC funded PhD students. Further details on the course and an application form are below:

    Course details

    Application form

    Completed forms should be returned to Ann Evans by 20th May 2016.

    There are a total of 24 spaces on the course and if you are given a place, all course fees and travel and subsistence will be paid by NERC. Any questions about the course please contact Jon Naden.

  • PhD congratulations
    Well done to BUFI student Jack Lacey for successfully defending his PhD thesis entitled "Late Quaternary Palaeoenvironmental Reconstruction from Lake Ohrid". Jack was supervised by Melanie Leng at BGS and Matt Jones at the University of Nottingham. Jack has already published several papers from his thesis. We are not saying goodbye as he is now working as a Stable Isotope Apprentice at BGS.

2015

  • BUFI students on GeoBlogy
    Want to know what our BUFI PhD students do? Many of our students have written for the BGS GeoBlogy and we have linked all their stories from our new BUFI web page 'BUFI students on GeoBlogy'. Take a look at our new page and read about the research our students do including their field work in some amazing places!
  • PhD opportunities for 2016 – now open
    PhD opportunities with the British Geological Survey (BGS) for 2016 are now open. All our PhDs are in collaboration with a Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) or Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT). There are seven hosted studentships available and over 20 CASE studentships on offer.
  • PhD successes

    Well done to our students below who have recently completed their PhDs. We wish them every success in their future careers.

    Congratulations to Dr Edward Joy who successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled Dietary mineral deficiencies in Sub-Saharan Africa. Edward was supervised by Louise Ander and Michael Watts at BGS and Prof Martin Broadley, Prof Colin Black and Dr Scott Young at the University of Nottingham. Edward now has a post doctorate position at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

    Congratulations to Dr Sarah Smith who successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled The impact of hyper-alkali fluids from a geological radioactive waste repository on the biological and physical characteristics of the host rock environment. Sarah was supervised at BGS by Jo Wragg and Julia West and at the University of Manchester by Jon Lloyd. Sarah is now working as a Post Doctorate Research Associate on a NERC Security of Supply of Minerals project at Bangor University.

    Congratulations to Dr Nia Blackwell who successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled The biogeochemistry of iron precipitates from abandoned coal mines in the South Wales coalfield: a study using hydrology, stable isotope geochemistry and microbiology. Nia was supervised by Jenny Bearcock and Barbara Palumbo-Roe at BGS and William Perkins at Aberystwyth University. Nia is now working for Qioptiq UK in the Space Technology Department.

    Congratulations to Dr Brioch Hemmings who successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled Hydrogeophysics of a restless volcano. Brioch was supervised by Andrew Hughes, Sue Loughlin and Alan MacDonald at the BGS and Jo Gottsmann at the University of Bristol. Brioch is now working as a Post Doctorate Research Associate in Computational Volcanology on the VUELCO (Volcanic unrest in Europe and Latin America) project.

    Congratulations to Dr Andrey Barsky who successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled Carbon capture and storage; Factors influencing public attitude. Andrey was supervised by John Rees and Mike Stephenson at BGS and Brigette Nerlich at the University of Nottingham.

  • BUFI Science Festival 2015
    Well done Jamie Boyd for winning the top prize, Best Overall Poster, at our annual Science Festival held on Wednesday 24th June.
  • PhD Congratulations
    Congratulations to BUFI student Richard Cooper who successfully defended his PhD thesis 'Investigating organo-mineral suspended sediment dynamics as controls on phosphorus export from instrumented agricultural test catchments' without any corrections, a great achievement! Richard was supervised by Barry Rawlins at BGS and Professor Kevin Hiscock and Dr Tobias Krueger at the University of East Anglia. Richard has already published four papers from his thesis and has a fifth on the way. Richard is now working as a Senior Research Associate at UEA on the DEFRA funded River Wensum Demonstration Test Catchment project.
  • A BUFI student does it again!
    Congratulations to ex-BUFI student Steve Hollis who has won the prestigious President's Award from The Geological Society. Steve is the fourth BUFI student to win this award in the last five years. Steve completed his PhD in 2012 in collaboration with BGS and the University of Southampton. He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with CSIRO Earth Science and Resource Engineering in Perth, Australia. Other BUFI winners of the President's Award include; Matthew Pound (2013), Carys Bennett (2012) and Michele Paulatto (2011). The Awards, instituted in 1980 by Professor Perce Allen, are conferred upon geoscientists who are within ten years of their first degree in geoscience or a cognate subject and who have made a notable early contribution to the science. The awards will be presented at a ceremony in London on 3rd June 2015 https://www.geolsoc.org.uk/awards.
  • Save the date!
    Our annual BUFI Science Festival for 2015 will be held on Wednesday 24th June. We are pleased to announce that our Guest Speaker this year will be Ana Attlee who is the co-founder and Managing Director of Project Maya. Ana is a scientist who has embraced social media to communicate her science and gives training courses on how to use social media for research impact.
  • PhD congratulations
    Congratulations to all our students who completed their PhDs in 2014. Take a look at the diverse range of projects they have undertaken in collaboration with BGS on our BUFI alumni page.
  • Rachel Lamb presented some of her PhD research on paleo-environments in the Quaternary of the Central North Sea at the QRA annual general meeting at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh in January. Rachel is investigating the evolution of the North Sea Basin throughout the Quaternary (2.59 Ma to present) through the use of basin wide 3D seismic data with particular focus on the onset of glaciation during the earliest Quaternary. The early Quaternary in the North Sea has had relatively little investigation from both the academia and commercial industry despite the fact that rapid sedimentation means the North Sea has the potential to be a huge and continuous climatic archive of the last two and a half million years. The scope of the project meant that the 2015 QRA AGM ‘The Quaternary of the North Sea Basin and the Adjacent Areas’ was a hugely important platform for presenting Rachel’s research to the wider academic community. During the 3 day conference she gave an oral presentation as well as a poster presentation as first author and was named as second author on two other posters.
  • Publications to kick off 2015
    Well done to our BUFI student Edward Joy and ex-BUFI student Samuel Parry on their latest publications with BGS staff Louise Ander and Simon Kemp.

    Joy, E.J.M., Broadley, M.R., Young, S.D., Black, C.R., Chilimba, A.D.C., Ander, E.L., Barlow, T.S., Watts, M.J., 2015. Soil type influences crop mineral composition in Malawi. The Science of the total environment 505, 587-595. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.10.038

    Parry, S.A., Hodson, M.E., Kemp, S.J., Oelkers, E.H., 2015. The surface area and reactivity of granitic soils: I. Dissolution rates of primary minerals as a function of depth and age deduced from field observations. Geoderma 237, 21-35. doi:10.1016/j.geoderma.2014.08.004

  • PhD opportunities for 2015
    PhD opportunities with the British Geological Survey (BGS) for 2015 are now being advertised. All our PhDs are in collaboration with a Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP).

2014

  • Fieldwork course – October and November 2014
    The British Geological Survey will be running a NERC-funded Advanced Skills Training Course this October and November concerning: Multidisciplinary fieldwork training in a professional geoscience environment

  • Change of date — Science Festival 2014
    Our Annual BUFI Science Festival will now be held on Monday 16th June not as previously adverstised (Thursday 19 June). We are delighted to announce that Professor Iain Stewart will be our Keynote Speaker. We look forward to seeing lots of posters communicating your science and entries into the Press Release competition. More details will follow soon.

  • Date for your diary — Workshop — 'How to get the most out of your collaboration with BGS' February 2014
    We are planning a one day workshop at our BGS Keyworth headquarters in February 2014 (date to be confirmed). This is an interactive training day focusing on student/supervisor relationships, creativity and time management amongst other things. If you are interested in attending please contact the BUFI team.

2013

  • Induction Day October 2013
    We held an Induction Day at our BGS, Keyworth headquarters on 29 October 2013 for students who had recently started their PhD studies. The Agenda included a welcome and a tour of the BGS Keyworth facilities including several laboratories, the library and the 3D visualisation suite. Students had the opportunity to talk with a current BUFI student Sarah Smith (Project S203, Minerals and Waste Science Area) who shared her experiences so far of collaborating with BGS.

  • Workshop — 'How to get the most out of your collaboration with BGS' April 2013
    We held a one day workshop at our BGS Keyworth headquarters on 10th April 2013. This was an interactive training day focusing on student/supervisor relationships, creativity and time management amongst other things.

  • Science Festival winners 2013
    We held a one day workshop at our BGS Keyworth headquarters on 10th April 2013. This was an interactive training day focusing on student/supervisor relationships, creativity and time management amongst other things.

  • Induction Day January 2013
    We held an Induction Day at our BGS, Keyworth headquarters on 14 January 2013 for students who had recently started their PhD studies. Students were welcomed and given a tour of the BGS Keyworth facilities including several laboratories, the library and the 3D visualisation suite. Students had the opportunity to talk with a current BUFI student who shared her experiences so far of collaborating with BGS.

2012