Geography, geology and environment at Brighton

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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Presenting to peers

First year Geology BSc(Hons) and Earth and Ocean Science BSc(Hons) students have just taken part in a research study based around the geology or oceanography of their home area. As part of this module our students attend a poster session presenting their research topics to their peers. It’s an interactive event, giving staff and students…

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The eye of an intern

Would you like to know what it’s like to be on a placement year? Look out for regular updates from Ella Perriton, one of our Environmental Science students to find out how she is getting on in her placement year at Samsung Electronics. I am a 2nd year University of Brighton Environmental Science BSc(Hons) student…

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University scientists help draw up new Ebola hygiene guidelines

The World Health Organisation has adopted new hygiene guidelines to fight the spread of Ebola –with support from the University of Brighton. The guidelines are the result of advice from experts from around the world, led by Professor Huw Taylor, the University of Brighton’s Professor of Microbial Ecology. He headed an international panel of experts…

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A new independent supermarket standing up for how it should be

The final event of our school’s ‘Employabilty November’ took place last night (ok, just into December!). A really stimulating and interesting talk and Q & A with the founders of hiSbe supermarket. The Anslow sisters (Amy & Ruth) outlined the ethical and sustainable stance of the social enterprise, how they came to the point in their careers…

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What is Nature?

As Geographers we all have somewhat different working definitions of nature. One of our first year lectures introduces students to the idea there are different ideas depending on what your starting point is. And it introduces students to our staff in the process! Here are some of the responses to the question, ‘What is nature?’…

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