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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