TW:eed Masters Projects kick off with field studies

Posted by mm489 at Jul 23, 2014 09:23 AM |
With the end of term and the arrival of summer. thoughts turn to fieldwork for Sarah Davies, Professor of Sedimentology and Masters students, Hattie and Greg. Last week they headed north to Burnmouth. Glorious weather meant that the bay looked spectacular - geological fieldwork, and sedimentary logging in particular, is so much better in the dry. Here Sarah writes about the fieldwork and the projects.
TW:eed Masters Projects kick off with field studies

Dinner in Chirnside: Clockwise from back left: Maggie, Carys, Greg. Kirsty & Hattie

Hattie and Greg are just starting Masters projects, supervised by Carys Bennett and I, studying the sedimentology and micropaleontology of the Burnmouth section. We have chosen two 10 m sections where known fossil finds require a more detailed examination of the palaeoenvironment. Hattie and Greg are working on the first part of their projects: measuring sedimentary logs and taking samples.

In October, when term starts again, they will start to process the rocks and hunt for the small fossils that are best observed under the microscope. Based on what we have observed to date, they could find some or all of: fish scales, bone fragments, wood, ostracods, gastropods, spirorbids and bivalves but hopefully they’ll discover fauna that we haven’t even seen yet. We will be interested in the variations of fauna and flora and the relationship to how the sediment was deposited and the environment where it was deposited.

We also got together with Carys, Kirsty, another Masters students gaining experience as a field assistant, and Maggie who were out logging and sampling the inland sections. The ‘inland team’ cooked the ‘coastal team’ a delicious curry and Carys and I got our heads together discussing the significance of the new information from the late June TWeed consortium meeting. I left the sunny north to arrive in Leicester in time to attend Jenny Clack’s graduation ceremony for her Honorary Degree. I am really looking forward to hearing what everyone found in the field when they return and roll on the winter, when we start to discover the secrets in the samples. Expect updates from Greg and Hattie during the winter months.

In the meantime, to find out more about the project see @tetrapodworld and find links there to Facebook and our project webpage.

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