Arola Moreras Marti, a first year PhD student in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, was awarded the prize for best poster at the inaugural meeting of the Scottish Planetary Science Network in the National Museum Scotland, Edinburgh in March 2017. Arola’s poster was titled ‘Lithotrophic communities and biosignatures in geothermal environments in Iceland: an analogue for Mars life’. Arola’s prize was a £50 voucher for a book shop which she plans to spend on more astronomy books.
Congratulations to Jessica Crumpton-Banks who won the prize for the best poster at the UK Postgraduate Research in Earth and Marine Science conference last week. Jess is studying the how changes in the Southern Ocean affect seawater pH and atmospheric CO2 over geological time. The Southern Ocean is a current source of CO2 to the atmosphere but this ‘leak’ may have stemmed in glacial periods, reducing atmospheric CO2. Jess received a £100 prize, donated by the Marine Sciences Group, which she plans to spend on books and also gets a mention in the Geoscientist magazine.
Roxana Shafiee, a final undergraduate in BSc (Hons) Earth and Environmental Sciences, won the prize for best student oral presentation at the Flow Country conference in Thurso at the end of October. She was presenting research on the local climatic impact of forest-to-bog restoration in the blanket peatland of Caithness and Sutherland. Roxana completed the research last summer under the University Laidlaw Undergraduate Internship in Research and Leadership scheme and she competed against PhD students to take the conference prize. Congratulations to Roxana.
Cristina Evans, a second year postgraduate student who is researching the dynamics of water availability to riparian trees, was awarded the Robert Campbell Postgraduate Prize in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences (DEES), in recognition of outstanding progress in research and for significant contributions to the research community during 2014-15. Robert Campbell was a research student in DEES who sadly died in August 2013. This award for research postgraduates in the Department was established in his memory.
The photograph shows Cristina being presented with the award by Professor Peter Cawood (Head of Department) in front of a flourishing oak tree at Andrew Melville Hall, planted there in memory of Rob by the students he cared for while serving as an assistant warden.