The Cascades: A carbonate geochemist’s point of view

Originally posted on the EGU blog network Recently, I was lucky enough to visit a fellow Bristol Earth Sciences PhD student in Vancouver, Washington for a weekend of volcano-spotting (and hiking) in the Cascades. As a non-volcanologist, I was just excited to get some fresh air, good weather and great company for a few days […]

Science snaps (2): Soufrière Saint Vincent

Originally posted on the EGU blog network Soufrière Saint Vincent is youngest volcanic centre on the Caribbean island of St Vincent. A stratovolcano some 1,230m in height, La Soufrière has erupted five times in the last three hundred years, most notably in 1902 when 1,680 people were killed. The explosive volcanism here is the surface […]

Blue remembered hills

Into my heart on air that kills From yon far country blows: What are those blue remembered hills, What spires, what farms are those? A.E. Housman, A Shropshire Lad XL, 1896 I’m going to make a bold statement here, but in my opinion, Shropshire* should be crowned the geological capital of the UK. *If you […]

The Apolline Project – Illuminating the Dark Side of Vesuvius

Guest blogger and Bristol PhD student Emma Johnston combined her passion for archaeology and volcanology during her summer months working on the Apolline Project, Italy. Here she tells us about her experience of excavating a Roman bathhouse on the northern slope of Vesuvius.

From rocks to riches

A lot of people think that doing an Earth Science PhD involves looking at rocks. Most of the time they’d be wrong (experimental petrology = making pretend rocks; geochemistry = water; geophysics = computers; palaeontology = colouring in), but just occasionally, I do get to play with the real thing. From sample pick-up to analysis, […]

Postcards from afar

You may have noticed that the blog has undergone a bit of a revamp. Our new header images have been supplied by some intrepid travellers from our PhD cohort. Find out a bit more about them below!

So, are you looking forward to your holiday?

“So are you looking forward to your holiday?”  “It’s not a holiday, its field work” “But you’re going to Bahamas…It must be a holiday?”