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Reekie Memorial Prize

John Reekie

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)

Reekie Memorial Prize 2019

The Reekie Memorial Prize for 2019 was awarded 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."

Geological map of the area surrounding Bonaventure, Newfoundland, Canada, by Andrew Sheat

Previous 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