Meet the… Volcanologist

Name: Isabelle Taylor Age: 24 Year of Study: 2 Research Groups: I am part of the Volcanology research group in Earth Sciences and the Earth Observation group in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics. I am also part of NERC’s Centre for the Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tectonics (COMET). What exactly do you... Continue Reading →

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Meet the… metamorphic petrologist

Name: Anna Bidgood Year of study: 2nd Department: Earth Sciences Research group: The Hard Rock group What are you researching:  Continental subduction - specifically the India-Asia collision. How is a continent subducted? How does it return to the surface? And what processes occur during its history? Why should we care about it: Plate tectonics is a fundamental process happening on the... Continue Reading →

Meet the… Geologist

Name: Brooke Johnson Age: 34 Year of Study: 2nd Department: Earth Sciences Research Group: Chemical Sedimentology What are you researching: I am attempting to quantify the effects of fluctuating oxygen levels (aka unstable redox) in marine environments on the ecosystems within them them, over very long timescales. Cold water can hold more dissolved oxygen than warm water; this is why polar... Continue Reading →

Meet the… Igneous Petrologist/ Volcanologist

Name: Frey Fyfe Age: 23 Year of Study: 2 Research Group: I’m part of the Volcanology groups at Oxford University and the Natural History Museum in London. What are you researching: My research deals with trying to understand how volcanoes at subduction zones produce major explosive eruptions. Most of the time these volcanoes sit there quietly, gently releasing gas and... Continue Reading →

Meet the…. Sedimentary Geochemist/ Palaeoclimatologist

Name: Ritwika Sengupta Age: 23 Year of study: 2nd Year Department/research group: Earth Sciences What are you researching: My project involves studying sphaerosiderites, which are small iron carbonate spheres. These form in wetlands such as bogs and can be found throughout the geological record. You might be wondering why I chose to study this particular mineral… Sphaerosiderites... Continue Reading →

Meet the… Quaternary Scientist

Name: Kaja Fenn Age: 31 Year of study: Second year DPhil Department: School of Geography and the Environment Research Group: Landscape Dynamics research cluster What are you researching: I am working on Quaternary loess (dust) deposits, with the aim of determining both the time at which they were deposited and their source. The Quaternary Period is part... Continue Reading →

Meet the… Lion Biologist

Name: Genevieve Finerty Age: “One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age.” – Oscar Wilde. Just kidding, I’m 30… Or am I? Year of study: 2nd Year Research Group: Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), Department of Zoology What are you researching: My research focuses on how lions move through and interact with their landscape... Continue Reading →

Meet the… Seismologist

Name: Harriet Godwin Age: 24 Year of study: 2 Department: Department of Earth Sciences Research Group: Seismology Group What are you researching: In my research, I use the seismic waves generated by earthquakes to image the Earth’s interior. These waves travel through different parts of the Earth with different speeds, and that speed is related to the physical... Continue Reading →

Meet the… Volcanologist

Name:  Rebecca Elizabeth Smith Age: 24 Year of study: 2 Department: Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art  What are you researching: I am investigating the relationship between deglaciation, and the frequency and magnitude of volcanic eruptions in southern South America. To do this, I am assessing both visible and invisible (cryptic) ash (tephra) horizons in lake cores in Chile and Argentina. I use the glass-shard geochemistry of the tephra to... Continue Reading →

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