Geography, geology and environment at Brighton

National recognition for our work

Work being led by scientists Professor Huw Taylor and Dr James Ebdon, based in our Geography, Geology and Environment division, won national recognition at the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2015 held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on 28 November. The project was ‘Highly Commended’ at the THE awards in the International Collaboration of the…

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El Niño linked to 19th century droughts

Article by Professor David Nash, published in the Argus 27 November, 2015. New research has established a long-term link between El Niño and droughts in southern Africa where crops are already under threat. Research led by the University of Brighton, published online in the journal Climatic Change, used historical newspapers and materials written by colonial authorities…

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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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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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Times Education Awards nomination

Huw Taylor and James Ebdon, of the Aquatic Research Centre based in our school, are in the running for the International Collaboration of the Year Award (sponsored by Shakespeare Martineau) in this year’s Times Higher Education (THE) Awards. James and Huw were commissioned by UNICEF to work with colleagues at the University of Malawi to…

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Rewarding Excellence

Our very own Dr Graeme Awcock has won the Inspirational Teaching Award at the 2015 University of Brighton Students Union’s Excellence Awards. Now in its fifth year, the awards highlight the efforts of people students feel make the most positive impact on their university experience. Individual staff recognition at the event shone a spotlight on…

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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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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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