Precariously balanced, these are the Brimham rocks in North Yorkshire, part of the top 100 'Geosites' in the UK. Image credit: BBC News.

Science Snap (#33): Earth Science Week

Earth Science Week is an international initiative to promote the great work that goes on in the geoscience community. It encompasses a huge range of topics; from dinosaurs to glaciers, and volcanoes to meteorites. There’s something for everybody. For an overview of how geoscience can have a positive influence on local communities and save lives, […]

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Things I wish I knew when I started my PhD…

As the academic year begins again, new PhD students across the country (and further) are slowly settling into their fresh surroundings. I stayed at the same university when I made the switch to postgraduate research but I still remember feeling quite lost at the start, not knowing what to do or where to be. I’m […]

Science Snap (#18): Tragic Sinabung Eruption

Originally posted on the EGU blog network Last Saturday (1st February 2014) an eruption at Sinabung volcano in Indonesia claimed the lives of 14 people. That death toll has since risen to 16, and could rise further as people battle in hospital with severe burns and other wounds. The volcano has been erupting since September […]

Conference Diaries: VMSG Meeting 2014

Originally posted on the EGU blog network The Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group (VMSG) is a combined specialist group of the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain & Ireland, and the Geological Society of London. Each year they hold a meeting, alternating the venue between different UK university departments. This year marked the 50th anniversary of […]

“I’m a scientist, get me out of here…!”

Having had just over a week to recover I can finally begin to look back on what were two incredible weeks of “I’m a scientist, get me out here” excitement! To the uninitiated, think academia meets X-Factor in a science communication and outreach fiesta. The premise is simple – school students ask science questions, scientists […]

What’s up in Bolivia?

Originally posted on the EGU blog network To many, Bolivia is just an unassuming landlocked country in South America, perhaps most famous for its coca tea obsession and ‘gap yah’ alpaca wool sweaters. But to a number of enthused volcanologists it is a near-perfect playground. In the southwest of the country, sitting at 6008 m […]

Science Snap (8): White Island erupts!

Originally posted on the EGU blog network White Island is a small volcano roughly 30 miles off the coast of the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand. It is part of the Taupo Volcanic Zone, which is also home to the impressive Lake Taupo, a flooded caldera that formed in an eruption (a ‘super-eruption’ if you […]

Science Snap (3): Earth’s biggest volcano?

The newly discovered submarine Tamu Massif (pictured below), approximately 1500 km east of Japan, has been proposed as the world’s largest volcano. At ~450 km x 650 km it dwarfs Mauna Loa of Hawaii by a factor of 50 in its spatial extent, and is comparable in size to Olympus Mons on Mars (as well […]

Living the life 2: socials, sports and salvation

Most people enjoy a drink with friends, or taking part in some of their favourite exercise. And PhD students are no different (at least in that respect…). In fact, the flexibility of most PhD programs allows us to enjoy these simple pleasures more than your average Joe (or Jill).

Living the life 1: Things are going great…

Friend: “How are things?” PhD Student: “Meh…” When muttered to most PhD students* those three words often conjure up thoughts of contempt and general dissatisfaction. However, what most of us seem to forget is that regardless of how any work may be progressing, we actually have one of the best jobs going.