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.