2016 News

4/11/2016 - TSG 2017 field trip announced! 

We are happy to announce that the TSG field trip for 2017 will be to California! Check out the upcoming field trips page to see more information!

15/11/2016 - New bursary report! 

Congratulations to James Norcliffe, 2nd year PhD student from the University of Leeds who presented a poster at the 35th International Geological Congress, in Cape Town (South Africa). Details of his experience can be found on our Previous funding awards webpages.

10/09/2016 - Further details of TSG, BGA and VMSG Joint Meeting!

Further details are now up for the TSG/BGA/VMSG joint meeting! Check out our Forthcoming Meetings page for news and links to the new event webpage!

26/07/2016 - TSG, BGA and VMSG team up for 2017 Annual Meeting!

A few weeks ago the 2017 Join Assembly Meeting between TSG, the British Geophysical Association (BGA) and the Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group (VMSG) was announced! Website are still being built for this, but for the early promotional details and first circular, check out our Forthcoming Meetings page!

13/07/2016 – New Bursary award!

Congratulations to James Norcliffe, 2nd year PhD student from the University of Leeds who has been awarded a TSG Travel Bursary. The bursary will contribute towards his attendance at the 35th International Geological Congress, in Cape Town (South Africa) later this year. If you are going, check out his poster “Magmatic segments abandoned during continental breakup – insights into SDR formation”.
James is the second award winner of 2016. Previous prize winners and blogs about their experience can be found on our Previous funding awards webpages.

08/07/2016 – New Bursary report!

Amica Lee, and PhD student from the University of Leeds was successful in securing funding from TSG to attend the EGU recently. Her report of her experiences at the conference, as well as her research poster, can be found on the previous funding awards page.

21/03/2016Bursary blogs updated! 

The bursary reports for Roberto Rizzo (University of Aberdeen) and Simon Oldfield (University of Leeds) are now up. Roberto presented a poster of his work on statistical methods of fracture prediction at the AGU conference, while Simon presented his work on structural forward modelling at the AAPG. Reports by both on their experiences can be found on the previous funding awards page.

01/03/2016 – Bursary award!

Amicia Lee from the University of Leeds has been awarded a TSG conference bursary to attend EGU where she will be presenting a poster about her research in the session TS6.6: ‘Building mountain roots: from geophysical approaches to geological concepts’.

01/03/2016 – More TSG prizes!

Shell prize

The winner of the Shell Prize was Luke Wedmore for his excellent talk “Coulomb stress modelling of an exceptional record of historical earthquakes in the central Apennines, Italy: Lessons for fault interactions and earthquake occurrence”.  Luke is in his 3rd year of his PhD research at the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, University College London.

Sue Treagus Prize for Best Student Poster

The winner of the Sue Treagus Prize for Best Student Poster was Benjamin Jost a second-year PhD student from the Royal Holloway University of London. There were 52 student posters at the conference this year, and Benjamin’s super poster ‘Deformation and metamorphism of Australian basement rocks in the Bird’s Head, West Papua, Indonesia’ was judged to be top of the crop.

Honourable mentions included Brigitte Vogt from the University of Strathclyde for her poster titled “Enormous volumes of pseudotachylites on Barra, Outer Hebrides” and Alexander Minor from KU Leuven for his poster on “Mechanical Twinning and Microstructures in Experimentally Stressed Quartzite”.

Benjamin Jost on fieldwork. Benjamin was awarded the Sue Treagus Prize for Best Student Poster.

Benjamin Jost on fieldwork. Benjamin was awarded the Sue Treagus Prize for Best Student Poster.

Mike Coward Prize for Best Student Talk

Final year PhD student Lucia Perez-Diaz from Royal Holloway University of London was crowned the winner of the Mike Coward Prize for Best Student Talk for her excellent presentation on the ‘Kinematic and paleobathymetric evolution of the South Atlantic’. Honourable mentions include Oxford MSc student Benjamin Fernando, for his presentation on the ‘microstructural evolution of plagioclase during shear zone formation in a lower-crustal gabbro’ and PhD student Matthew Reeve from Imperial College London for his talk on ‘the Stratigraphic Record of Pre-breakup Geodynamics: Evidence from the North Carnarvon Basin, offshore Northwest Australia’.

Lucia with her award for best student talk at TSG 2016!

Lucia with her award for best student talk at TSG 2016!

 


 

26/02/2016 – TSG 2016 prizes awarded!

The TSG awards were announced at the annual meeting held in London in January. These awards support and celebrate the excellent early career researchers within the global TSG community. Well done to all our prize winners, and a huge thank you to our judges.

Ramsay Medal

There were 11 excellent nominations for the Ramsay Medal this year, giving our judges some high quality reading over the festive period! The winner of this prestigious award is Dr Catherine Mottram for her outstanding paper Using U-Th-Pb petrochronology to determine rates of ductile thrusting: Time windows into the Main Central Thrust, Sikkim Himalaya. The judges felt that the publication “introduced a quite novel approach with a wide significance in terms of Himalayan tectonics and a high potential in application to other domed thrust belts” and note that “the paper is exceptionally well-written and well-illustrated, and we particularly appreciated how all assumptions are clearly stated and discussed, and the interpretations and conclusions are critically assessed”.

Since Catherine completed her PhD at the Open University in 2014, she has undertaken a Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Santa Barbara, and she is about start a Killam postdoctoral fellowship at Dalhousie, Canada. Her research aims to directly date the timing of past fault displacements, along fault surfaces in the critical zone responsible for catastrophic seismic events within the largest active mountain belt on Earth, the Himalaya.

Honourable mentions for this award include Dr David Wallis and Matthew Reeves. The judges noted how David’s paper ‘Low effective fault strength due to frictional-viscous flow in phyllonites, Karakoram Fault Zone, NW India’ “reflects a solid and interesting study combining field and microstructural observations with microphysical modelling to produce an observationally constrained rheological model”. David completed his PhD at the University of Leeds in 2014, now holds a post doc position at Oxford University.

The judges felt that Matthew’s paper ‘The growth of non-colinear normal fault systems; What can we learn from 3D seismic reflection data?’ which arose from his MSc research, “presents a very thorough seismic study, exemplary of objective, careful structural geology”. Matthew is still completing his PhD at Imperial College.

Very well done to Catherine, David and Matthew!

Ramsay Medal winner, Dr Catherine Mottram

Ramsay Medal winner, Dr Catherine Mottram

Dave Johnston Mapping Prize

The Dave Johnston Mapping Prize for the best undergraduate student mapping dissertation was awarded to Eva Marquis. Geological mapping of the Finny area, South County Mayo (Western Ireland) formed part of her Geology MESci at Cardiff University. Eva is now a PhD student at the University of Brighton.

The runner up was Fiona Iddon from the University of Leeds and highly commended was Carla Pont (Birkbeck, University of London).

Eva’s mapping area. Beautiful - but where are the rocks?!

Eva’s mapping area. Beautiful – but where are the rocks?!