Holuhraun eruption from the plane

Sep 06, 2014 No Comments by
It is Wednesday morning. I arrive at my office at the University of Iceland after the International Carbon Conference in Reykjavík and quick visit to Oslo. In the hallway I am already going over my to do list in my mind. The first person I meet is Nicole, calling: “We are flying to the eruption! […]
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Lava, Ice and Carbon: A truly Icelandic conference

Sep 05, 2014 No Comments by
Global media attention was drawn to Iceland last week when days of increased seismic activity around Bárðarbunga culminated in the spectacular fissure eruption in the Holuhraun lava field. Just a few hours before this eruption started I and about 80 other geologists were standing next to a similar fissure site that marked the start of […]
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Gold(schmidt) Rush

Jun 13, 2014 No Comments by
One of the nice things about Sacramento is that, unlike LA, it has real rivers, with water in them and levees along them. This week I enjoyed a few beautiful morning runs along the American River, where there is a bicycle path on the levee. I almost felt at home! As there were no oral sessions […]
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Across California

Jun 11, 2014 No Comments by
Goldschmidt in California meant a drive instead of a flight. The route from Pasadena to Sacramento lead us through the Central Valley of California. While living in greater LA we have been well aware of the drought going on in this state, it was still quite sad to see the many fields transformed into desert, and almond plantations […]
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Biosignatures Across Space and Time

May 28, 2014 No Comments by
Last week, the clouds cleared and nearly 100 scientists from six continents descended on rainy Bergen, Norway to share their perspective on the broad topic of life in the universe. The 2014 joint meeting of the Nordic Network of Astrobiology and the Centre of Geobiology was hosted by the University of Bergen. The science sessions […]
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Planetary materials and Astrobiology

May 21, 2014 No Comments by
Have you ever heard of rocks falling from the sky? Rocks that come from space? Those rocks are known as meteorites and they belong to a class of materials called planetary materials. In this class of materials we can also find very small pieces of dust, also coming from space, and known as cosmic or […]
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Beech Hunting in the Land of Fire

May 01, 2014 No Comments

The best thing about working in Earth Sciences is the fieldwork, hands down. From looking at old mines in the Lake District to collecting fossil microorganisms in Trinidad, it’s exciting to get outside and actually see the system you’re studying (my answer might be different if you ask me when I’m stood on a muddy […]

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Post submission protocol

Apr 09, 2014 No Comments

              I write this as a free man. For the last couple of months I have been bound by the single-mindedness and obsession that drives all academics in the lead up to a submission deadline. Although my latest grant application was by all accounts a bit of a beast, […]

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The (Geo)chemistry Christmas Chart

Dec 12, 2013 4 Comments

During my childhood a massive part of the pre-Christmas hype was about who would make it to the coveted number 1 spot in the UK charts. I remember waiting in anticipation to see whether Cliff Richard would strike again, or whether the likes of Mr Blobby or East 17 would beat him to it. I […]

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Expedition to the End of the World – a review

Nov 11, 2013 1 Comment

I’ve been to the cinema again and, like last time, I feel compelled to write about it, encouraging you to see the film I just have. Expedition to the End of the World. Just reading the title evokes the vision of a Phileas Fogg-like adventure, and the film doesn’t disappoint. Expedition to the End of […]

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