Running from Dorian: a cruise experience to remember

As many PhD students in physical geography will attest, the fieldwork is always the most exciting and fun part of the research process. So when I started my PhD on the Younger Dryas, and how it is recorded in marine and terrestrial records, I didn't have high hopes for getting any marine-based fieldwork. While it …

Continue reading Running from Dorian: a cruise experience to remember

MSc Quaternary Science 2015-2016: Christopher Francis

...and from geomorphology to sedimentology and chronology.  Chris has chosen to complete his MSc. degree on a part-time basis over two years.  During this time he has also worked in the labs at Royal Holloway as an research assistant, gaining additional valuable work experience, some of which he has taken forward into this dissertation project. Enjoy his …

Continue reading MSc Quaternary Science 2015-2016: Christopher Francis

MSc Quaternary Science 2015-2016: Josephine Hornsey

From palaeoecology we move to geomorphology!  In this latest instalment, Jo Hornsey provides us with a brief insight into her field and lab research which is being conducted in conjunction with the British Geological Survey.  Jo was also lucky enough to be awarded funding from the Quaternary Research Association in order to help support her …

Continue reading MSc Quaternary Science 2015-2016: Josephine Hornsey

Top 10 Highlights of the INTegrating Ice core, MArine and TErrestrial records training course

by Rachel Devine (1st year NERC DTP student, Royal Holloway University of London) For those who don’t know, INTIMATE stands for INTegrating Ice core, MArine and TErrestrial records, just to get that one out of the way. In Quaternary Science, the INTIMATE network aims to better understand the mechanisms and impact of climate change by …

Continue reading Top 10 Highlights of the INTegrating Ice core, MArine and TErrestrial records training course

MSc Quaternary Science 2015-2016: Richard Clark-Wilson and Joshua Pike

Continuing the theme of student projects, we will, over the next few weeks, be featuring short blog posts from our 2015-2016 MSc. Quaternary Science cohort.  These will give a flavour of the topics they are working on, methods they are applying and why these are important. This week sees Richard Clark-Wilson and Joshua Pike summarise …

Continue reading MSc Quaternary Science 2015-2016: Richard Clark-Wilson and Joshua Pike

Tills in Tunstall; reconstructing ice sheet flow from glacial sediments

This is a blog post written by Jenna Sutherland - Quaternary Science MSc. student 2014-2015 I have just completed my MSc in Quaternary Science here at Royal Holloway. The main focus of my dissertation research was to understand the dynamic response of an ice sheet to past environmental change since this is frequently poorly understood. …

Continue reading Tills in Tunstall; reconstructing ice sheet flow from glacial sediments

Field work at Rostherne Mere, Cheshire

Being my first blog for the CQR, I’ll start by introducing myself .  I’m Alison MacLeod, Lecturer in Physical Geography in the department but for the next three years I have a full-time research position funded by the Leverhulme Trust.  I also run a 3rd year lecture course on Glacial Environments.  The main focus of …

Continue reading Field work at Rostherne Mere, Cheshire

Shell secrets: Using freshwater snails to understand past climates

   by Jenni Sherriff (PhD Student) Freshwater gastropod and bivalve shells from the River Thames. A large part of my research involves crushing shells. This is not due to a personal vendetta against freshwater molluscs, but because the chemistry of the shells themselves have the potential to provide important climatic information about the environments in …

Continue reading Shell secrets: Using freshwater snails to understand past climates