Geography, Earth and environment at Brighton

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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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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Diary of a volcano visit. Day 1

Today we made our first visit to the second most active volcano on the planet, Etna. We met our group leader, Boris Bencke, and then ventured to our first site: a 1992 lava flow. Boris talked to us about marvels of mumma Etna and how its behaviour has been changing as of late to more…

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Crystal evolution

I was recently asked by one of our lecturers, Dr Antonios Marsellos, if I would like to take part in some collaborative research involving Dr Marsellos, Dr Kostakis at the University of Sussex and Eddie Loukopoulos a PhD student also at Sussex to study Zircon crystal lattice at an atomic scale. Of course I answered…

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From a placement point of view: My first business trip

Here’s an update from Ella who is on placement with Samsung. You can read more about it by looking in our placement posts. In July my team and I travelled to Jászfényszaru in Hungary, to meet with the Samsung environmental coordinators from Europe. This conference happens once a year in order to discuss relevant environmental…

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Cyprus field trip

Our third year Geology BSc(Hons) students have recently returned from a field trip to Cyprus. Here, Natalia explains what her highlights of the trip were. This picture is of one of the most remarkable moments for me during the Cyprus field trip. In this locality it was possible to see some amazing pillow lavas, with…

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