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Networking and crystallisation sometimes come together

Feb 23, 2015 No Comments 1391 views

One of the first things I did when I started my job in the CO2-react network was to make crystallisation experiments in order to synthesize rare-earth (REE) bearing carbonates. I focused on hydroxylbastnasite (REECO3OH), a mineral of the bastnasite group (REE(CO3)(OH,F)) that is very common in carbonatite deposits and is an important source of light […]

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Wonders of the East

Jan 20, 2015 No Comments 1774 views

It was a surprise and honour to be asked to deliver the EAG Distinguished Lecture Tour 2014, and to be given the opportunity to connect with Geochemists working in Eastern Europe. In recent years my research has focused on applying an isotope geochemistry toolkit to a range of environmental issues, from assessing the links between […]

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Dirty snowballs and our origins

Dec 12, 2014 2 Comments 2436 views

Have you ever imagined how a person with long hair would look floating in the outer space? Ancient Greeks did. When they perceived comets in the sky they imagined them as a face with long hair floating in space. In fact, the word “comet” in Greek means “wearing long hair” or “long-haired star.” Today we […]

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Philae landed on comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko: follow the news!

Nov 11, 2014 No Comments 2066 views

On November 12, 2014 and after 10 years of travel, the European Space Agency (ESA) carried out the first unmanned descent and landing on the surface of a comet’s nucleus. Here you can find some links to follow this mission and get detailed information about Rosetta and Philae.

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Ironing out a few problems at Beamline I08

Oct 23, 2014 No Comments 2567 views

From the 15th to the 19th of October synchrotron veteran Liane G. Benning (University of Leeds), the “iron man” legend Rob Raiswell (University of Leeds) and myself (a PhD student in glaciology at the University of Bristol) joined the I08 beamline A-team of Burkhard Kaulich, Majid Abyaneh and Tohru Araki at the Diamond Light Source, […]

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3 students perspectives on GES-10

Sep 18, 2014 No Comments 1481 views

The Geochemistry of the Earth’s Surface (GES-10) conference took place on 18-22 August in Paris and the EAG proudly supported student attendance by providing grants of 200 Euros per student. Below are the experiences of some of those students. Thanks to the support from the European Association of Geochemistry I was able to attend the […]

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Expedition to the End of the World – a review

Nov 11, 2013 1 Comment 2138 views

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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Goldschmidt 2013 revisited

Sep 17, 2013 No Comments 1680 views

The Goldschmidt blogging team have all had time to travel back to their homes, some even moving to a new country! We’ve put together our highlights from the conference, see them below. Feel free to add your own personal highlights in the comment section at the bottom. Enjoy! Though Goldschmidt2013 happened not even 3 weeks […]

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Thank you and Goodbye – Goldschmidt 2013

Sep 01, 2013 No Comments 1281 views

I’m sure all of the 4000+ delegates would agree that this has been a brilliant edition of Goldschmidt. For me, the science was engaging and the conversations were inspiring. It was both of these, together with the opportunity to hang out with old friends and new, that made #Goldschmidt2013 and incredible meeting. I don’t want […]

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The Old Days

Apr 23, 2013 6 Comments 3812 views

Why do I write this blog? It is to show that the path to where you want to go is not always easy. I was trained as a metamorphic petrologist at the University of Kiel in Germany and as a petrologist/mineralogist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland. In my undergraduate thesis […]

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