BUFI news and events

The latest news and posts about past and future events involving our students.

2015

  • PhD successes

    Well done to our students below who have recently completed their PhDs. We wish them every success in their future careers.

    Congratulations to Dr Edward Joy who successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled Dietary mineral deficiencies in Sub-Saharan Africa. Edward was supervised by Louise Ander and Michael Watts at BGS and Prof Martin Broadley, Prof Colin Black and Dr Scott Young at the University of Nottingham. Edward now has a post doctorate position at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

    Congratulations to Dr Sarah Smith who successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled The impact of hyper-alkali fluids from a geological radioactive waste repository on the biological and physical characteristics of the host rock environment. Sarah was supervised at BGS by Jo Wragg and Julia West and at the University of Manchester by Jon Lloyd. Sarah is now working as a Post Doctorate Research Associate on a NERC Security of Supply of Minerals project at Bangor University.

    Congratulations to Dr Nia Blackwell who successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled The biogeochemistry of iron precipitates from abandoned coal mines in the South Wales coalfield: a study using hydrology, stable isotope geochemistry and microbiology. Nia was supervised by Jenny Bearcock and Barbara Palumbo-Roe at BGS and William Perkins at Aberystwyth University. Nia is now working for Qioptiq UK in the Space Technology Department.

    Congratulations to Dr Brioch Hemmings who successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled Hydrogeophysics of a restless volcano. Brioch was supervised by Andrew Hughes, Sue Loughlin and Alan MacDonald at the BGS and Jo Gottsmann at the University of Bristol. Brioch is now working as a Post Doctorate Research Associate in Computational Volcanology on the VUELCO (Volcanic unrest in Europe and Latin America) project.

    Congratulations to Dr Andrey Barsky who successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled Carbon capture and storage; Factors influencing public attitude. Andrey was supervised by John Rees and Mike Stephenson at BGS and Brigette Nerlich at the University of Nottingham.

  • BUFI Science Festival 2015
    Well done Jamie Boyd for winning the top prize, Best Overall Poster, at our annual Science Festival held on Wednesday 24th June.
  • PhD Congratulations
    Congratulations to BUFI student Richard Cooper who successfully defended his PhD thesis 'Investigating organo-mineral suspended sediment dynamics as controls on phosphorus export from instrumented agricultural test catchments' without any corrections, a great achievement! Richard was supervised by Barry Rawlins at BGS and Professor Kevin Hiscock and Dr Tobias Krueger at the University of East Anglia. Richard has already published four papers from his thesis and has a fifth on the way. Richard is now working as a Senior Research Associate at UEA on the DEFRA funded River Wensum Demonstration Test Catchment project.
  • A BUFI student does it again!
    Congratulations to ex-BUFI student Steve Hollis who has won the prestigious President's Award from The Geological Society. Steve is the fourth BUFI student to win this award in the last five years. Steve completed his PhD in 2012 in collaboration with BGS and the University of Southampton. He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with CSIRO Earth Science and Resource Engineering in Perth, Australia. Other BUFI winners of the President's Award include; Matthew Pound (2013), Carys Bennett (2012) and Michele Paulatto (2011). The Awards, instituted in 1980 by Professor Perce Allen, are conferred upon geoscientists who are within ten years of their first degree in geoscience or a cognate subject and who have made a notable early contribution to the science. The awards will be presented at a ceremony in London on 3rd June 2015 https://www.geolsoc.org.uk/awards.
  • Save the date!
    Our annual BUFI Science Festival for 2015 will be held on Wednesday 24th June. We are pleased to announce that our Guest Speaker this year will be Ana Attlee who is the co-founder and Managing Director of Project Maya. Ana is a scientist who has embraced social media to communicate her science and gives training courses on how to use social media for research impact.
  • PhD congratulations
    Congratulations to all our students who completed their PhDs in 2014. Take a look at the diverse range of projects they have undertaken in collaboration with BGS on our BUFI alumni page.
  • Rachel Lamb presented some of her PhD research on paleo-environments in the Quaternary of the Central North Sea at the QRA annual general meeting at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh in January. Rachel is investigating the evolution of the North Sea Basin throughout the Quaternary (2.59 Ma to present) through the use of basin wide 3D seismic data with particular focus on the onset of glaciation during the earliest Quaternary. The early Quaternary in the North Sea has had relatively little investigation from both the academia and commercial industry despite the fact that rapid sedimentation means the North Sea has the potential to be a huge and continuous climatic archive of the last two and a half million years. The scope of the project meant that the 2015 QRA AGM ‘The Quaternary of the North Sea Basin and the Adjacent Areas’ was a hugely important platform for presenting Rachel’s research to the wider academic community. During the 3 day conference she gave an oral presentation as well as a poster presentation as first author and was named as second author on two other posters.
  • Publications to kick off 2015
    Well done to our BUFI student Edward Joy and ex-BUFI student Samuel Parry on their latest publications with BGS staff Louise Ander and Simon Kemp.

    Joy, E.J.M., Broadley, M.R., Young, S.D., Black, C.R., Chilimba, A.D.C., Ander, E.L., Barlow, T.S., Watts, M.J., 2015. Soil type influences crop mineral composition in Malawi. The Science of the total environment 505, 587-595. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.10.038

    Parry, S.A., Hodson, M.E., Kemp, S.J., Oelkers, E.H., 2015. The surface area and reactivity of granitic soils: I. Dissolution rates of primary minerals as a function of depth and age deduced from field observations. Geoderma 237, 21-35. doi:10.1016/j.geoderma.2014.08.004

  • PhD opportunities for 2015
    PhD opportunities with the British Geological Survey (BGS) for 2015 are now being advertised. All our PhDs are in collaboration with a Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP).

2014

  • Fieldwork course – October and November 2014
    The British Geological Survey will be running a NERC-funded Advanced Skills Training Course this October and November concerning: Multidisciplinary fieldwork training in a professional geoscience environment

  • Change of date — Science Festival 2014
    Our Annual BUFI Science Festival will now be held on Monday 16th June not as previously adverstised (Thursday 19 June). We are delighted to announce that Professor Iain Stewart will be our Keynote Speaker. We look forward to seeing lots of posters communicating your science and entries into the Press Release competition. More details will follow soon.

  • Date for your diary — Workshop — 'How to get the most out of your collaboration with BGS' February 2014
    We are planning a one day workshop at our BGS Keyworth headquarters in February 2014 (date to be confirmed). This is an interactive training day focusing on student/supervisor relationships, creativity and time management amongst other things. If you are interested in attending please contact the BUFI team.

2013

  • Induction Day October 2013
    We held an Induction Day at our BGS, Keyworth headquarters on 29 October 2013 for students who had recently started their PhD studies. The Agenda included a welcome and a tour of the BGS Keyworth facilities including several laboratories, the library and the 3D visualisation suite. Students had the opportunity to talk with a current BUFI student Sarah Smith (Project S203, Minerals and Waste Science Area) who shared her experiences so far of collaborating with BGS.

  • Workshop — 'How to get the most out of your collaboration with BGS' April 2013
    We held a one day workshop at our BGS Keyworth headquarters on 10th April 2013. This was an interactive training day focusing on student/supervisor relationships, creativity and time management amongst other things.

  • Science Festival winners 2013
    We held a one day workshop at our BGS Keyworth headquarters on 10th April 2013. This was an interactive training day focusing on student/supervisor relationships, creativity and time management amongst other things.

  • Induction Day January 2013
    We held an Induction Day at our BGS, Keyworth headquarters on 14 January 2013 for students who had recently started their PhD studies. Students were welcomed and given a tour of the BGS Keyworth facilities including several laboratories, the library and the 3D visualisation suite. Students had the opportunity to talk with a current BUFI student who shared her experiences so far of collaborating with BGS.

2012