Geography, Earth and environment at Brighton

A view from the Acropolis

Post by Joseph Hall, Lecturer in Human Geography We have just come back from a fantastic field trip to Greece with our first year Geography and Environmental Science students. As part of the trip we spend a day in Athens exploring contested histories and representations at the Acropolis site and in the Acropolis museum. Students…

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Rural geography field trip

A field trip took place in May 2015 as part of GY258 – Contemporary Rural Geographies module, which is convened by Dr Paul Gilchrist. A small group of students visited Tablehurst and Plaw Hatch Community Farms in Forest Row, East Sussex, to learn about the philosophies and practices of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).We learned about…

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A first taste of fieldwork

Post by Professor David Nash In October, 75 first year students on our BSc Geology, BSc Physical Geography & Geology, and BSc Earth and Ocean Science courses travelled to Fishguard and St David’s in Pembrokeshire for their first taste of geological fieldwork. The trip was led by Dr Norman Moles and Dr Stewart Ullyott, with…

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Field trip dates for your diary

The first fieldtrips of the year are coming up soon. We’ve added dates to the calendar here. You can share photos or posts from your trips here.

Our students make front page news in Italy

Our fieldtrip in Sicily captured the attention of the Italian media while we were there. Five of our group, Rob Arnold, Paddy Nolan, Tom Amey, Richard Higham and Harry Ward were examining the types and origins of waste at Giardini Naxos but also wanted to do something to help improved the environment for beach users…

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Archaeology – my career is in ruins

This year’s Sicily trip introduced two new Archaeology days for the first time. As part of the activities, we visited two sites, Aci Castello which is a rather impressive Norman Castle built above a wave cut platform and Giardini Naxos which is the site of the earliest Greek settlement on the island. The trip to Aci…

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Madonna and Mount Etna

Today we investigated vegetation succession on Mount Etna by stopping at four different lava flows of known ages and sampling the plants found there. The first stop was Madonna di Monpilleri. It was the oldest lava we would work on, dating from 1669. The site supported many different plant species with strange names (Soapwort, Broom,…

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A day of two halves

Today consisted of using various different methods to estimate river water discharge. The group was split into two after Ray Ward had given the morning lecture. One set of students with Ray and another with myself (Rob). Ray’s group were using 3 different methods which included, the velocity float method using our specially calibrated flotation…

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Diary of a volcano visit. Day 2, sampling the Sicilian coastline

Today one of our groups went to four sites along the Sicilian coastline to assess whether these sites were suitable for the award of a Blue Flag. We were lucky to see some beautiful sunshine on the coast, but the sea was the roughest it’s been in recent years. This made conditions challenging for water quality sampling….

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Diary of a volcano visit. Day 1, heading through the clouds

After our stirring morning lecture we had a lunch stop, scoffing down arancini and very nice coffee, fueling up for the afternoons activities! The first stop for the afternoon took us further up Etna and into the snow line. This as you can imagine, led to numerous snow balls being lobbed between students (and staff…)….

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