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Papers – accepted
Allen, M.B. (2009). Roles of strike-slip faults in continental deformation: examples from the active
Arabia-Eurasia collision. In: The Evolving Continents: Understanding Processes of Continental
Growth (eds Kusky, T. and Xiao, W.J.), Geological Society Special Publication.
Field, M., T.M. Gernon, A. Mock, A. Walters, R.S.J. Sparks & D.A. Jerram (2009). Variations of
olivine abundance and grain size in the Snap Lake kimberlite intrusion, Northwest Territories,
Canada: A possible proxy for diamonds. Lithos.
Humphreys, E.R.. & Y.L. Niu, (2009). On the composition of ocean island basalts (OIB): The
effects of lithospheric thickness variation and mantle metasomatism, Lithos.
Jerram. D.J; Alex Mock; Matthew Field; Graham R Davis & Richard J Brown (2009). 3D crystal
size distributions: a case study on quantifying olivine populations in kimberlites. Lithos.
Nelson, C.E. Dougal A. Jerram & Richard W. Hobbs (2009). Flood basalt facies from borehole
data: implications for prospectivity and volcanology in volcanic rifted margins. Petroleum
Geoscience (note PhD student paper).
Watts, A. B., M. Rodger, C. Peirce, C.J. Greenroyd, & R.W. Hobbs (2009). Seismic structure,
gravity anomalies and flexure of the Amazon continental margin, NE Brazil, Journal of
Geophysical Research doi:10.1029/2008JB006259.
Papers – published
Holohan, E.P., Troll, V.R., Errington, M., Donaldson, C.H., Nicoll, G. & Emeleus, C.H. (2009).
The Southern Mountains Zone, Isle of Rum, Scotland: volcanic and sedimentary processes upon an
uplifted and subsided magma chamber roof. Geological Magazine, 146, 1-19.
Nabovati, A., Llewellin, E.W. & Sousa, A.C.M., (2009). A general model for the permeability of
fibrous porous media based on fluid flow simulations using the lattice Boltzmann method.
Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing 40, 860-869.
Nelson, C.A., Jerram, D.A., Single, R.T. & Hobbs, R.W. (2009). Understanding the facies
architecture of flood basalts and volcanic rifted margins and its effect on geophysical properties. In:
Varming, T and Ziska, H. (eds) Faroe Islands Exploration Conference: Proceedings of the
2nd Conference. Annales Societatis Scientiarum Færoensis, supplementum 48, 84-103.
(note PhD student paper).
Song, S.G., Y.L. Niu, L.F. Zhang, C.J. Wei & J.G. Liou, (2009). Tectonic evolution of early
Paleozoic HP metamorphic rocks in the North Qilian Mountains, NW China: New perspectives,
Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 35, 334-353.
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Song, S.G., L. Su, Y.L. Niu, G.B. Zhang, & L.F. Zhang, (2009). Two types of peridotite in North
Qaidam UHPM belt and their tectonic implications for oceanic and continental subduction: A
review, Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 35, 285-297.
Zhang, G.B., L.F. Zhang, S.G. Song & Y.L. Niu, (2009). UHP metamorphic evolution and
SHRIMP geochronology of a meta-ophiolitic gabbro in the North Qaidam, NW China, Journal of
Asian Earth Sciences, 35, 310-322.
Awards and promotions
Dave Selby has been promoted to a Senior Lectureship with effect from October 1st 2009.
Bob Holdsworth has been awarded a NERC KE Fellowship for 3 years effective from October
2009. This is a 0.5FTE appointment. He will represent the interests of both the DEI and IHRR.
David Sagy has been awarded “The Norman H. Foster Memorial Grant”, which is awarded annually
to a qualified graduate student through the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Grants-in-Aid Program. The granted funds will be used to support David’s fieldwork on fault and
fracture patterns developed within Chalk units exposed at Flamborough Head, UK.
PESGB Svalbard Field Trip: Jo Morris has been chosen to attend a PESGB Council run field trip to
Svalbard, Norway. The PESGB offered a limited number of places to postgraduate students with an
external cost per person of £5500. The trip will be led by Erling Siggerund of SGS with the aim of
studying the onshore geology that has direct relevance to the offshore petroleum systems. Due to
remoteness of the region the trip will take place on a boat that will sail around the islands to look at
some spectacular outcrops that range from Carboniferous rift basins to Eocene turbiditic deposits.
Fieldtrip - In April, David Damby (IHRR/Earth Sciences PhD student) travelled to Ladakh
(Northern Indian Himalayas) to carry out fieldwork as part of Claire Horwell's NERC-funded
project on desert dust particles and health. He was accompanied by Dr Adam Durant (Cambridge
University). Together, they carried out particle collection (on filters and from deposits), air quality
monitoring and personal exposure assessment. Ladakh is well known for its remote,
unindustrialised location yet many of the population around Leh suffer from debilitating lung
disease which is thought to be caused by seasonal dust storms. The particles will be studied for their
crystalline silica content and for surface features which might make the dust particularly toxic.
Talks and presentations
Two Durham Earth scientists, Dr Lisa Baldini and Dr James Baldini, were featured in a Channel 4
News piece on June 2, 2009, entitled ‘Can stalagmites predict climate change?’. These researchers,
along with Dr Colin MacPherson, also at Durham, are reconstructing Polish palaeoclimate and the
North Atlantic Oscillation over the past 20,000 years using stalagmites from Niedzwiedzia (Bear)
Cave, Kletno, Poland, as part of Lisa Baldini’s Marie Curie Research Fellowship. The news piece
can be viewed on the Channel 4 News Home Page or via the link:
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Dougal Jerram was invited to give a keynote talk on 'flood basalts and volcanic rifted margins' at
the DFG funded SAMPLE Colloquim (South Atlantic Margin Processes and Links with onshore
Evolution), in Munich, 4th May.
The following presentations were made at the EGU General Assembly, Vienna, 19-24th April.
Maurice Tucker on the occasion of the presentation of the Jean-Baptiste Lamarck Medal for
Outstanding Contributions to Sedimentology: Limestones - the love of my life - sun, sea, cycles.
Manzo, E., Perri, E. & Tucker, M.E. Environmental vs microbial control on Ca-carbonate
precipitation in fluvial tufa (NW Calabria-Italy)
Manzo, E., Mawson, M., Perri, E. & Tucker, M.E. Tufa in Northern
England: depositional facies, carbonate mineral fabrics and role of biomineralization.
Alex Gonzalez Nakazawa started work with OBIC in May. He completed his BSc in Electronic
Engineering at the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico in 1999.
In 2002, he completed the MSc in Electronic Instrumentation Systems at UMIST in Manchester and
was awarded the PhD in Electronic Engineering at the University of Manchester in 2007. From
August 2007 to March 2009, he worked as an RFID applications engineer at RFIQ Solutions Ltd in
Manchester, developing Radio Frequency Identification systems. He will be working in OBIC
improving the current generation of Ocean Bottom instruments and developing the next generation
Visiting Fellow Dr Sarbani Patranabis-Deb from the Department of Geology, Indian Statistical
Institute, Calcutta is studying Precambrian limestones with Maurice Tucker.
Elena Manzo, from Calabria, is working with Maurice Tucker on tufas there and in Northeast
Elisabetta del Bello, a first year PhD student from the University of Bologna and INGV Rome, is
visiting until the end of the month. Betta's PhD will investigate strombolian eruption mechanisms.
Whilst she is here she and Ed Llewellin will work to develop the physical and conceptual
framework for her studies, and carry out lab work here and in Lancaster.