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Our GeoBlog gives you some insight into the activities in Geology including research as well as teaching from both staff and our students.

Study Abroad Experience by Owain Morgan  - 3rd year Geology student

Study Abroad Experience by Owain Morgan - 3rd year Geology student

Posted by lcb14 at Aug 05, 2013 11:45 AM |

Owain along with several other students from the Geology Department has chosen to spend the 3rd year of his degree over seas (the current choices are New Zealand or Arizona).

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Reflections on the first year of my PhD by Jack Lacey

Reflections on the first year of my PhD by Jack Lacey

Posted by lcb14 at Jul 25, 2013 12:34 PM |

My PhD looks at using lake sediments to reconstruct Mediterranean climate over the past 2 million years. I study Lake Ohrid, on the Macedonia/Albania border, which is not only Europe’s oldest lake but also one of the world’s most biologically diverse in terms of how many unique species call it home. I investigate past environmental conditions within the larger framework of the SCOPSCO project, which looks at linking evolution and climate over the lake’s extended history.

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Discovering the foundations of our modern terrestrial ecosystem

Discovering the foundations of our modern terrestrial ecosystem

Posted by lcb14 at Jul 18, 2013 12:30 PM |

As August approaches, the ‘Tetrapod World: early evolution and diversification’ (TW:eed) project enters its second year of research. Here, Professor Sarah Davies tells us how a diverse group of scientists are searching for clues about how, and why, aquatic and fish-like tetrapods (the first four-limbed vertebrates) evolved into land-going ‘modern’ tetrapods during a period of time in the Early Carboniferous.

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Three billion years of geological history in 2 weeks (and 4 seasons in 1 afternoon) – the Northwest Highlands field course by Peter Sayce, 3rd year MGeol student

Three billion years of geological history in 2 weeks (and 4 seasons in 1 afternoon) – the Northwest Highlands field course by Peter Sayce, 3rd year MGeol student

Posted by mm489 at Jul 17, 2013 12:06 AM |

If you are ever at a party and find yourself talking to someone who claims that they are “really looking forward to spending two weeks walking around the highlands of Scotland”, you are either talking to a geologist or a waterproof clothing salesman. Well as a geology student I would like to say that the second year field trip to the NW Highlands during Easter was one of the most enjoyable I have ever been on…

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Summer mapping 2013 by 2nd year Geology with Geophysics student Ahmed Al-Hadhrami

Summer mapping 2013 by 2nd year Geology with Geophysics student Ahmed Al-Hadhrami

Posted by mm489 at Jul 03, 2013 10:50 AM |

I have just finished my four-week mapping project in the Isle of Skye. It’s a nice way to end the second academic year before flying back to Oman.

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Summer mapping 2013 by 2nd year Geology with Geophysics student Jess Keeble

Summer mapping 2013 by 2nd year Geology with Geophysics student Jess Keeble

Posted by mm489 at Jul 01, 2013 01:52 PM |

I am currently in the third week of my four week independent field based project in the Lake District. This entails spending two weeks mapping the area and two weeks conducting a geophysical survey. There are a number of things I have learnt during my time here (not all of them geology related!) and I thought I would share a few with you.

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Thoughts on the start of my doctoral research by Leah Nolan

Thoughts on the start of my doctoral research by Leah Nolan

Posted by mm489 at Jun 19, 2013 02:06 PM |

Leah starts her PhD research in the Geology Department in October. Here she describes her first field visit to the picturesque Lathkill Dale in the Peaks where famous Lower Carboniferous limestones out crop...

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From Rocks to Oceans: Biogeochemical Cycling of Silicon and Carbon around the World

From Rocks to Oceans: Biogeochemical Cycling of Silicon and Carbon around the World

Posted by mm489 at Jun 14, 2013 01:26 PM |

Last week the annual conference of Isotopes and Biogenic Silica (IBiS) was held in Helsinki. Here, Professor Melanie Leng tells us why it is so important to study how silicon is cycled around the world and how silica can help to control our climate.

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Drilling into Lake Ohrid’s Deep Past by PhD student Jack Lacey

Drilling into Lake Ohrid’s Deep Past by PhD student Jack Lacey

Posted by mm489 at May 17, 2013 09:57 AM |

I arrived in Macedonia just over a week ago and travelled to Lake Ohrid in the south west of the Former Yugoslavian Republic. The drilling and science team had just completed a 568 meter hole!

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My relationship with Jane by Laurence Phillpot (2nd year undergraduate)

Posted by mm489 at Apr 30, 2013 11:00 AM |

When I first started my degree at the University of Leicester Geology Department I didn’t know anyone, as is the situation with most undergraduate students fresh out of college. However, when I went into the lobby on my first day, there was one face that I recognised from the open day 6 months previously. Her name is Jane, she is tall and sleek and has amazing teeth! She is the type of girl I would love to take home to meet my parents. Oh, did I mention that Jane is a Tyrannosaurus-rex skeleton?

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