Is there anything more 'Bristol'? Photo credit: Flickr user Vaidotas Mišeikis

PhD reflections: Charly

Between a Rock and a Hard Place began as an Earth Science PhD blog in February 2013, as a place to ramble on about PhD life and general science topics. Almost two years later, some of the contributors have finished, others have submitted, and the rest are nearing the end. Over the next few weeks, […]

Science snap (7): Thrusting under our noses

Originally posted on the EGU blog network As Earth Science researchers, we are extremely fortunate that fieldwork often necessitates trips to exotic and far-flung places. But sometimes we are guilty of ignoring the riches right on our doorstep. In Bristol, perhaps our greatest geological asset is the Avon Gorge. At the end of the Last […]

The Bristol ‘tsunami’ – flood or fallacy?

30th January 1607*. The day dawns sunny and bright. You are ploughing a field in your smallholding deep in the Somerset Levels. As the sweat drips down your back, you hear a distant rumbling sound but think nothing of it; the wind has been blowing a gale all night. Suddenly, a shout from a neighbour […]

Journey to the centre of the Earth (in BS8)

When asked to explain what I actually do in my PhD, my preferred answer is inevitably “making pretend volcanoes”. No, not the Blue Peter-style baking soda kind, but actually trying to simulate the conditions found beneath active volcanoes, in the laboratory. If you are wondering how this is done, then why not take a blog-tour […]

Bristol from three perspectives

Choosing where to do an Earth Sciences PhD can be a difficult decision. It’s a real balancing act, ideally combining the research strengths of a department, the project in question and the city where you’ll end up living for three years. Here we hear about Bristol from three PhD perspectives: the leaver; the new arrival; […]

The average Bristol Earth Sci PhD student

Just who are the mysterious creatures who spend their days tucked away in the Wills Memorial Building, beavering away at their computers and in underground labs? I set out to find out the answer to this question using a rigorous and unbiased scientific survey*.