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Lava, Ice and Carbon: A truly Icelandic conference

Sep 05, 2014 No Comments by 4489 views

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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Post submission protocol

Apr 09, 2014 No Comments by 81487 views

              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 5 Comments by 5792 views

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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Bonfire Night: When everyone appreciates chemistry

Oct 31, 2013 No Comments by 9541 views

Remember remember the fifth of November; gunpowder, treason and plot… At this time of year children and adults throughout the UK dress up warm and brave the winds and rain in order to watch a human effigy burn on the bonfire while thousands of pounds of fireworks explode in the sky above. For those who […]

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Fun in Florence

Sep 05, 2013 No Comments by 2828 views

My bag’s unpacked, the backlog of emails has been read and sleep deprivation is just about back to normal. I can therefore now look back on what was yet another thoroughly enjoyable and exhausting Goldschmidt conference, and process everything that happened during the week. My main take-home messages include a mental note to self to […]

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The law of straightness

May 09, 2013 1 Comment by 5447 views

In my previous post, ‘A geochemistry ditty’, I penned what is possibly the geekiest poem you will ever come across. I was therefore pleasantly surprised when several people got in touch to say how much they appreciated my artistic license, as they could associate with much of what I’ve been through. This got me thinking […]

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A Geochemistry Ditty

Mar 11, 2013 3 Comments 5102 views

  As I sit here watching my columns drip, I thought I’d put together a little writ. It’s about something that’s not always so plain to see; the hidden world of isotope geochemistry.     It starts with a rock, water or gas that contains an element of interest with a particular mass. You crush, […]

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MINSC pies, mulled wine and a very merry New Year

Jan 07, 2013 No Comments 2603 views

It was the season for carol singing, tree decorating and merry making. This year, however, the highlight of Christmas for me was the fact that I was able to stay in one place and catch my breath after a very hectic few weeks. I realize, of course, that many people see the holiday as an […]

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Moving on

Sep 19, 2012 No Comments 3742 views

  For the fourth time in my career I am starting life at a new institution. Like most academics I’ve had several jobs since completing my PhD and each post has involved a change in surroundings, colleagues and a slight shift in research focus. Moving is generally accepted to be part and parcel of academic […]

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Geochemists Gather at Goldschmidt

Jul 04, 2012 1 Comment 3673 views

Taking its name from one of the great pioneers of geochemistry, Victor Moritz Goldschmidt (1888-1947), the Goldschmidt conference has become a key annual event for geochemists and Earth scientists alike. It provides an opportunity for fresh-faced postgrads to meet like-minded people whose eyes don’t glaze over when they discuss their work, and gives senior academics […]

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