Stable isotope facility research in the media 2015

December 2015: Adventures around Mono Lake and Death Valley by ... Jonathan Dean

The land east of the Sierra Nevada

Jonathan Dean is a postdoc at the British Geological Survey. In this post, he travels through the land east of the Sierra Nevada to discover some incredible geology.

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December 2015: Going south part 3: Doing some science! PhD student Rowan Dejardin

The CTD equipment

As described in my previous blogs, I'm travelling south with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) to collect samples from the South Georgia shelf, as part of my PhD (jointly funded by the BGS and the University of Nottingham, and within the Centre for Environmental Geochemistry). Having dropped off a team of scientists and technical staff on the remote island of Signy we started heading north in the general direction of South Georgia. After a day of slow sailing through the brash ice we head in to open waters. Whilst we're going to miss the ice behind, with its attendant penguins and seals, the entry into open water means it will now be possible to undertake some science! Also, a gigantic tabular iceberg, that fills the horizon at times, is soon sighted and keeps us company for much of the day, with other smaller bergs.

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November 2015: Going South Part 2: Signy Relief... by PhD student Rowan Dejardin

Rowan Dejardin

The second instalment from Rowan's PhD field work to South Georgia. Here Rowan describes some of the work undertaken on board and the experience of being on one of the most southerly ships in the world!

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November 2015: New appointment in the Stable Isotope Facility... by Andi Smith

Andi Smith

In early November Andi Smith was appointed as a Stable Isotope Geochemist in the Stable Isotope Facility (SIF) in Keyworth. Here Andi explains a bit more about his new role and some of the work undertaken within the SIF.

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November 2015: Going South Part 1: How to get to the Falkland PhD student Rowan Dejardin

RRS James Clark Ross

Rowan is a PhD student jointly funded by the BGS and Nottingham. As part of his PhD project he has headed to South Georgia with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) to collect ocean sediment samples. Here Rowan gives us the first instalment from his trip...

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November 2015: Royal Society of Chemistry Lecture

Dr Angela Lamb.

On 3rd November Dr Angela Lamb will give a talk entitled ‘The diet of a King: isotope analysis of King Richard III’ to sixth form pupils at the Department of Chemistry, University of Birmingham as part of the Royal Society of Chemistry Education Division Midland Regionprogramme.

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October 2015: Isotope analysis of King Richard III: A diet fit for a King?

Dr Angela Lamb.

On 3rd October 2015 Dr Angela Lamb gave a talk entitled: 'Isotope analysis of King Richard III: A diet fit for a King?' to the Geological Society – East Midlands Group at the British Geological Survey. Please contact Angela for more information.

October 2015: The International Ocean Discovery Program (UK) Student Conference Rowan Dejardin

A group photo of the delegates (and organisers) at the UK-IODP 2015 conference in Newcastle.

In late September 2015 29 PhD students from across the UK headed to Northumberland to learn about the scientific work carried out by the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP). Here Rowan Dejardin tells us more about this student conference...

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October 2015: Top downloaded paper

Journal of Archaeological Science

Congratulations to Dr Angela Lamb and colleagues on their top downloaded open access article on Science Direct since January 2014:

Lamb, A.L., Evans, J.E., Buckley. R., Appleby, J. 2014. Multi-isotope analysis demonstrates significant lifestyle changes in King Richard III. Journal of Archaeological Science, 50, 559-565.

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October 2015: The Urbino Summer School in Paleoclimatology… by PhD students Hennie Detlef and Amy Sparkes

USSP Field Trip.

From 15th July to 1st August, 71 students from all over the world came together in the small town of Urbino, Italy to attend the 12th Urbino Summer School in Paleoclimatology (USSP). Here Hennie Detlef and Amy Sparkes tell us about their experiences of the summer school...

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October 2015: Learning to Drill... by Jonathan Dean

Drilling platform on Lake Prespa.

Jonathan Dean from the Stable Isotope Facility at the British Geological Survey has just returned from a lake drilling training course in the Republic of Macedonia. Here he discusses what he learnt...

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September 2015: 20th QRA Annual International Postgraduate Symposium... by Jack Lacey

Symposium group photo outside the Scott Polar Institute, Cambridge.

In early September, the Quaternary Research Association (QRA) hosted their annual symposium exclusively for postgraduate (PhD and MSc) students at the University of Cambridge. Over 45 delegates from 24 universities presented and discussed their diverse research on the Quaternary (the most recent period of geological time covering the last 2.6 million years) from sites around the world covering ice, land and sea. Here Jack Lacey tells us more about the meeting...

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August 2015: Drilling into the Bowland Shale... by Joe Emmings

Joe in the field acquiring Bowland Shale samples from outcrop with the help of a hand-held core drill.

Joe Emmings is a field geologist and a first year PhD student at the University of Leicester and the BGS. Joe’s PhD research is on the Carboniferous-aged Bowland Shale in the UK. The Bowland shale is a target for shale gas generation through hydraulic fracturing. Joe’s research is not concerned with hydraulic fracturing but he does want to understand more about the origin and type of organic matter contained within the shales, here he tells us more about his project...

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August 2015: Geoscience Work Experience at the BGS... by Sixth Form students Will Atkin and Ellie Glover

From left to right: Ellie, Martha Sefton (another student who was here for two days working with us) and Will in the clean laboratory.

This week, two 6th form students carried out some work experience at BGS in Keyworth. Will Atkin, from Loughborough, and Ellie Glover, from Newcastle upon Tyne, worked within the Stable Isotope Facility. Here they tell us a little bit about what they were up to...

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August 2015: Fieldwork to investigate human induced changes on important Asian wetlands... by Prof Melanie Leng

Suzanne McGowan, Melanie Leng and Ginni Pannizo (left to right taking cores of sediment from Tasik Chini.

Exponential population growth, urban expansion and climate change are changing the quality of freshwaters around the World. In countries such as Malaysia which aims to become a "fully developed" nation by 2020 rapid deforestation, urban development and resource exploitation have put drainage basins under unprecedented pressures. A team from the Centre for Environmental Geochemistry (BGS and the University of Nottingham) went on a site investigation to look at one of Malaysia’s premier wetlands, the famous Tasik Chini site in central Pahang to investigate the current and past water quality status using information preserved in the sediments that have accumulated on the bottom of the lake. Here Melanie Leng tells us more...

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August 2015: Limnogeology and the biggest little city in the world... by Jack Lacey

Jack, Jonathan and Melanie in downtown Reno.

In June, scientists from around the world gathered in Reno, Nevada (USA) for the 6thInternational Limnogeology Congress (ILIC6) to present and discuss their multi-disciplinary research on lake sediment records. Centre for Environmental Geochemistry PhD student Jack Lacey reports on the meeting and tells us about his experience...

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August 2015: Planning the analysis of half a kilometre of African lake mud... Jonathan Dean

Scientists from the UK, Germany and the US are involved in the project

In the end of June, around 20 scientists from the UK, Germany and the US met at the University of Cologne to discuss our new project: the analysis of half a kilometre of sediments taken from Lake Chew Bahir in Ethiopia. We aim to use the sediments to reconstruct how the environment of east Africa has changed over the last 500,000 years…

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July 2015: Caves hold clues to past climate by Laura Deeprose

Laura Deeprose

Often people look at stalagmites and stalactites within caves and admire their strange shapes and fascinating formations. However, the slow and systematic growth of these cave deposits, referred to as speleothems, can also reveal a vast amount of information about climate from hundreds of thousands of years ago to the modern day. Here Laura Deeprose, a PhD student with Lancaster University and the British Geological Survey tells us more about her exciting speleothem research....

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June 2015: Continental drilling and a trip to Minneapolis by Melanie Leng

The St Anthony Falls Laboratory on the shore of the Mississippi in Minneapolis

In early June the International Continental scientific Drilling Program (ICDP) committees met to assess deep drilling of the Earth applications for 2015. The meeting was held at the world famous LacCore (National Lacustrine Core Facility) in Minneapolis. Here Melanie Leng explains a bit about ICDP, the UK’s geoscience community involvement, and her trip to Minneapolis.

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June 2015: Science-Based Archaeology within the Centre for Environmental Geochemistry by Angela Lamb (BGS) and Holly Miller (University of Nottingham)

Angela Lamb introducing the day's agenda

This June the BGS hosted a workshop with the aim of bringing together scientists from BGS and the University of Nottingham to facilitate more collaboration between the institutes on the theme of Science-Based Archaeology.

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May 2015: East Midlands Group talk

Dr Angela Lamb gave a talk entitled ‘The diet of a King: isotope analysis of King Richard III’ at the Geological Society – East Midlands group at the British Geological Survey.

May 2015: University of Warwick talk

Dr Angela Lamb.

On 18 May, Dr Angela Lamb gave a public awareness of science talk entitled talk entitled 'The diet of a King: isotope analysis of King Richard III' at the University of Warwick.

May 2015: ancient links between climate and vegetation by Jonathan Dean

Our home for a week, 6 stories underground, at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis

Dr Jonathan Dean is part of a new multi-million pound project that hopes to shed new light on the possible links between environmental change and the emergence of our species.

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May 2015: sea shells on the sea bed by Henrieka Detlef

Henrieka Detlef

Henrieka Detlef is using shells that are over a million years old to reconstruct the different climatic components of the Bering Sea. She's a first year PhD student at Cardiff University and a BUFI CASE student at BGS studying paleoclimatology and marine geology. Find out from Henrieka why she's so interested in investigating climate systems of the past and how marine sediment cores will unlock the answers.

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April 2015: isotopes and the bones and teeth of King Richard III by Catherine Pennington

Professor Jane Evans (right) and Dr Angela Lamb (left) in their lab in NIGF

Professor Jane Evans and Dr Angela Lamb work in the NERC Isotope Geosciences Facilities (NIGF) at BGS in Keyworth. NIGF is one of the largest isotope laboratories in Europe for studying naturally occurring isotopes.

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April 2015: why learn good science communication? by Jonathan Dean

Jonathan Dean

Our scientists never stop striving to improve their understanding of the world around them. Equally, they never stop learning new ways to better communicate their work and discoveries to the wider world. One such scientist is Jonathan Dean, a postdoctoral research assistant at BGS, who's just back from a two day public engagement course run by NERC. Here Jonathan reflects on the importance of good science communication and the skills learnt on the NERC engaging the public with your research training course.

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February 2015: prehistoric eating habits by Niklas Hausmann

Niklas Hausmann

Niklas Hausmann is working on shells from archaeological sites in Saudi Arabia to reconstruct prehistoric eating habits and environmental change. As part of his PhD he is working within the Stable isotope facility at BGS to analyse his shells for their geochemistry and to get away from the boiling heat of the Red Sea.

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February 2015: Angela Lamb is interviewed in the January issue of Chemistry World

Angela Lamb is interviewed in the January issue of Chemistry World

During her undergraduate geography degree, Angela Lamb attended lectures on topics spanning from moral philosophy and social anthropology to the Earth sciences. But as her degree progressed she found herself more and more drawn to the science side of the subject, and in her final year she specialised in the reconstruction of past climate — palaeoclimatology.

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January 2015: talking isotopes, state side by Ginnie Panizzo

Ginnie and Patrick Frings

Every year, for a whole week in December, 20 000 geoscientists descend on San Francisco for one of the biggest geoscience conferences in the world: the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting. Can you imagine what its like?! Certainly there are fleece wearing, poster-tube-wielding geologists everywhere. Last month the number of delegates reached an all time high at 24 000 people. There were 3000 talks and posters presented each day; here's Ginnie Panizzo and Sarah Roberts to tell us about their American adventure.

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