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Reekie Memorial Prize

In 2004, a group of John Reekie's former Geology students resolved to commemorate his life and inspirational teaching by founding an annual Geology Prize in the Department of of Earth Sciences, a place he always loved.

"We dedicate the John Reekie Memorial Prize to a man who shaped and changed our lives. The Prize is to be awarded every academic year, commencing in 2005, for the best fieldwork report submitted as part of the requirements for the Bachelor Degree."

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The Reekie Memorial Prize was awarded in 2019 by the Part II Examiners to Andrew Sheat (Emmanuel).

Andrew writes:

"The area mapped was around the towns of Old and New Bonaventure, which are small fishing villages in rural Newfoundland. With rugged coastlines, serene lakes and vast forests, the surroundings are spectacular. The stratigraphy is dominated by sedimentary lithologies around 580 million years old, several of which have an igneous component from nearby volcanic activity. Shallow marine turbidite successions conformably underlie a glacial diamictite, which was deposited during a period of extensive glaciation across a large area. This is followed by further turbidites, reflecting a marine regression. Deposition occurred on the southern margin of the Iapetus ocean, and the area has complex deformation due to the closing of this ocean in the Acadian orogeny. I had an incredible time in Newfoundland, and I am glad I had the opportunity to visit and get to know the area, making lasting friends and experiencing the local culture."


 Reekie prize winning map


 Reekie Memorial Prize Winners


Andrew Sheat

Emmanuel The Geology of the area surrounding Bonaventure, Newfoundland, Canada

James Kershaw

Emmanuel The Geology of the Kranea Basin, Northern Greece, and its relationship to Pindos Ophiolite

Carrie Soderman

St John's Geology of Change Islands, Newfoundland

Emily Mason

Peterhouse The Geology of the Orcières Complex, French Alp
2015 Charlotte Jackson Jesus College Geology of the Chanaillet Ophiolite and the Lago Nero-Replatte Thrust Sheet, Montgenevre, France
2015 Matthew Varnam Christ's College The Geology around Villaminin, North Western Spain
2015 Matty O'Toole-Howes Trinity College The Geology of Northern Uto, Sweden
2014 Simon Matthews St Catherine's College The Fronalp Region, Glarus Alps, Switzerland
2013 Hannah Snellgrove Gonville and Caius The Geology of Southern Unst, Shetland Islands
2012 Joanna Hall Gonville and Caius Geology of the Waitetuna wstuary and Otonga hills area, Raglan, Waikato State New Zealand
2011 Tim Middleton Jesus College Geology of the part of the Crowsnest Pass, Alberta, Canada
2011 Alicia Davies Queen's College The Geology of Crowsnest Pass, Alberta, Canada
2010 Nicola Pocock Clare College The Geology of the Cape and Karoo Basins, 5km SE of Laingsburg South Africa
2009 David Neave Queen's College The Geology of the Vue des Alpes Region Southeast of La Chaux-de-Fonds, Neuchatel Canton, Switzerland
2008 Kirsty Dawkes Clare College Geology East of Matjiesfontein, Lainsburg Karoo, South Africa
2007 Robert Myhill Peterhouse The Geology of the Vourinos Ophiolitic Sole, Northern Greece
2006 David Wilson Jesus College Geology of the Broadford area, Isle of Skye

John Reekie

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Class of 2005 Award

The Class of 2005 mapping fund was set up by the graduating year group of 2005.

The fund was set up to award contributions to the Part II undergraduate mapping projects. Each year, the 2005 graduates decide which mapping groups to support based upon the students' completed applications forms.

"We as a group really appreciated the geology field trips and the friendliness of the department. We therefore felt it was appropriate to set up this alumni fund. Although it is only modest, we hope that it will grow through time and each leaving year group will consider setting up a similar fund."

Class of 2005

The Class of 2005 back: John Elliott, Jamie Knibbs, Niall Sayers, Jon Farrant, Dan Hobley, Jake Hall, Tom Russon, Andy Wilson; front: Helena Warrington, Bernadette Symons, Virginia Hooper, Caroline Sindrey, Sam Large, Sarah Lyle, Jo Ellis, Katie Whitters, Natalie Parker, Laura Teskey, Kirsty Harrison; not in photo: Anna Bebington, Ruth McKnight, Corin Hughes, Fran Barrigan.

2016 recipients

Alice Boyd, Bethany Jackson, Tessa Lee, Lauren Broadfield

Geological Mapping of the Iglesiente-Sulcis region of south-western Sardinia

2016 class gift report
Celebrating the last day of mapping


Nick Tubbs, Charlie Eardley, Fabian Braeuer, William de Falbe

Geological Mapping of Ornö, an Island in the Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden

Team - geological mapping of Ornö
The team, sat on banded gneiss. Left to right: Charlie, William, Fabian, and Nick

Class of 2008 Award

The Class of 2008 Award is a Mapping Project Fund managed by the Class of 2008. The fund awards a single annual award to a group of students to contribute to the cost of their Mapping Project.

2018 recipients

Mapping in Kvamshesten Basin, Norway - Lucy Allington, Jess Payne, Chris Hewetson and Hannah Marsden

'Despite the weather being typical for western Norway, we thoroughly enjoyed our mapping projects, quickly getting used to lunch in the storm shelter and becoming very attached to our waterproofs! The exposure was incredible, and the scenery was frequently breath-taking, so much so that it took a while to get used to the lack of waterfalls and mountains back home, though I think we were all quite happy to not walk up any hills for a while!.'

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Visit to Jostedalsbreen glacier
The four of us enjoying a visit to Jostedalsbreen glacier on one of our days off towards the end of the trip.





Dave Thompson Award

The Dave Thompson Award is a Mapping Project Fund managed by the Class of 2010, in memory of the late Dave Thompson. The fund confers an annual award of £500 to a student mapping group. In addition the fund makes an annual gift to the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences.

2018 recipients

Mapping in Crowsnest Pass, Rocky Mountains, Canada - Lucy Crocker, Timo Wilken, Mary Murray and Daniel Sefton

'The area provided varied and challenging terrain: most of the exposure was on the ridges which meant a lot of climbing, and the paths shown on our base maps were not consistent with most of the paths actually present in the area. Navigating through dense, young forest and across scree slopes provided an exciting challenge, though we ended up doing many long field days to make up for the time it took to get anywhere that was not accessible via a path.'

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Hillcrest Mountain, Crowsnest Pass
Hillcrest mountain and the adjoining hills, viewed from the south. The anticline is faintly visible on the furthest spur, while the scar near the top of the green ridge to its right indicates the location of a large excavated coal seam.




Report on Crowsnest Pass mapping project 2018

Report by recipients of the Dave Thompson Award in 2018

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Report on Kvamshesten Basin mapping project 2018

2018 report by recipients of the Class of 2008 Award

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