Research news and awards

Latest news about our research. Project progress and collaboration. Awards and achievements.


Dr Jonathan Dean

Congratulations to Dr Jonathan Dean on his appointment as Honorary Research Fellow within the School of Geography, University of Nottingham. Jonathan’s appointment is due to his collaborations within the Centre for Environmental Geochemistry, in particular with Dr Matthew Jones and Prof Sarah Metcalfe on climate change in Turkey.



21 April 2015

Debbie White

Debbie White who was awarded the RSC Water Science Forum Poster Prize for Best Poster at the "Emerging contaminants in waters and soils, practical considerations: Sampling, analysis and consequences" conference. Her poster, co-authored by Dan Lapworth, Marianne Stuart and Peter Williams, was titled, “Profiling micro-organic contaminants in groundwater using multi-level piezometers”.



18 March 2015

Dr Clement Uguna

Welcome to Dr Clement Uguna who has joined BGS as a Research Fellow within Organic Geochemistry and the Centre for Environmental Geochemistry. Clement is investigating the mechanism of shale gas formation and how gas is stored within shale rocks in unconventional reservoirs by using high water pressure pyrolysis technique to simulate shale gas generation as a function of temperature and pressure over geological time scales. This is to improve our understanding of the mechanism of shale gas formation and how it is stored within shale rocks.



27 February 2015

Mike's book, Shale Gas and Fracking
Mike Stephenson's new book 'Shale gas and fracking: the science behind the controversy' looks at the geology and environmental aspects of shale gas from the European and American perspective, debunking the ‘bad science’ on both sides of the argument and making clear the science that does matter so that people can make an informed choice. The science that does matter is peer-reviewed and published and therefore independent. In the book Mike reviews and explains in a simple and compelling narrative the key papers and studies that form the background to the debate. Mike sets this science within the general context of the geological processes that are involved. Buy the book from Amazon


18 February 2015

Julian Henderson

Prof Julian Henderson from the Department of Archaeology, University of Nottingham, has been appointed as Visiting Research Associate within the Centre for Environmental Geochemistry, British Geological Survey. Julian's research interests include understand the sources and roles of geological and environmental materials such as sand, plants or clays in the production and trade of ancient materials including glass and pottery and investigating the impact of ancient mining and material production on the environment both in the past and in the present with Prof Jane Evans and Dr Simon Chenery (BGS).



10 December 2014

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Update following the NERC Council meeting on the 4th of December regarding Ownership and Governance.


10 December 2014

Russ Evans

It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Russ Evans (Dr J R Evans) who sadly passed away on 1 December after a brave battle with cancer. We have lost a valued colleague and our thoughts are with his family.



3 December 2014

AGI award winner
We're proud to announce our staff and projects received several nominations and awards at the Association for Geographic Information Awards for Geospatial Excellence presented by Prof Iain Stewart (University of Plymouth).


19 November 2014

BGS staff member Sev Kender
Congratulations to Dr Sev Kender from the Centre of Environmental Geochemistry who has won a NERC-IODP small grant to work on reconstructing deep Pacific Ocean circulation since the Oligocene. The project will analyse Nd isotopes in fossil fish teeth collected during IODP Exp. 351 to the Philippine Sea.


7 November 2014

Dr Jonathan Dean
Congratulations to Dr Jonathan Dean who has been appointed as a Post Doctoral Research Associate (at the BGS and in association with the School of Geography) on NERC Standard Grant: A 500,000–year environmental record from Chew Bahir, south Ethiopia: testing hypotheses of climate-driven human evolution, innovation, and dispersal. Jonathan is currently working as an Isotope Apprentice within the BGS and will transfer to this new post in March 2015.


7 November 2014