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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."

Read more about John Reekie MA 1899-1982


The Reekie Memorial Prize was awarded in 2018 by the Part II Examiners to James Kershaw (Emmanuel)

James writes:

"The Kranea Basin is a small sedimentary basin of Eocene age, situated in the Pindos mountains of Northern Greece. The area mapped was centered on Mikrolivado, a village with only 56 inhabitants, no shops, but (thankfully) a highly recommended and very reasonably-priced 4-star hotel. The basin unconformably overlies a tectonically disrupted sequence of the Pindos ophiolite, and is itself overlain by the deposits of the much larger Mesohellenic Trough to the east.  Ophiolitic pillow basalt, sheeted dykes and harzburgite are exposed mostly on higher ground, with the basin unconformity exposed in a river transect. The basin fill passes from limestone and serpentine-rich fan-conglomerates – akin to modern deposits forming in the Gulf of Corinth -  into sands and shales of a turbidite sequence, while post-Eocene faulting makes for complex and often entirely unconstrained contact relations. The project was a fantastic experience, and I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to visit a remote and beautiful part of Greece, in the company of great friends and an extremely welcoming local community."


James Kershaw Reekie prize winning map


 Reekie Memorial Prize Winners


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

2015 recipients

Matthew Chadwick, Daniel Thorpe, Chris Matthews, Josh Kellie, David Sohr, Matt Ball & Tom Perkins

Geological Mapping of the Mamonia Complex in southwest Cyprus

2015 Mapping class recipients
Mapping the Mamonia Complex

2014 recipients

Laura Briggs, Krishan Patel & Holly Zhang

Geological Mapping of the Isle of Kerrera, Western Scotland

2014 Mapping class recipients
Geological map of South Kerrera, Inner Hebrides