Earth Sciences alumni  
Nigel Woodcock Dear alumni

Welcome to the Lent edition of our termly alumni newsletter. We enjoyed hearing from many of you following our first e-news, and meeting those who are involved with departmental activities, including the Sedgwick Club Careers Day in November.

By now you should have received your invitation to the Earth Sciences Alumni Day and Dinner on 9 May. We hope that we will see many of you then. If you have not had the chance to return recently we do hope that you will think of joining us for this biennial event.

Nigel Woodcock
Peter Friend, Svalbard and Edinburgh

Dr Peter Friend
awarded the Polar Medal

We are very proud that Peter has been awarded the Polar Medal for Arctic research and leadership and joins a distinguished list of medal recipients. Peter taught in the department from 1958 to 2000 and remains an active, if retired, member whilst also acting as Chair of the Trustees of the Friends of the Sedgwick Museum.

Friends of the Sedgwick Museum

New reseearth team helps understand earthquakes  

The dying moments of an asteroid’s magnetic field have been successfully captured by a research team led by Richard Harrison, in a study that offers a tantalising glimpse of what may happen to the Earth’s magnetic core billions of years from now.

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Mountainous landscape  

Professor Jean-Philippe Avouac, the first BP Foundation McKenzie Professor of Earth Sciences, will lead the research team developing an innovative approach to understanding the physical processes which generate destructive earthquakes and tsunamis.

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Volcanic eruption  

The volcanic eruption in the Holuhraun area of central Iceland continues with no end in sight. Using the most extensive dataset ever gathered, an international group that includes Bob White and his Cambridge team, have developed a model of how huge magma-filled cracks form underneath volcanic systems and how they spread.

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Earth Sciences Spring  

All Earth Sciences alumni, their partners and families are warmly invited to join us for our 10th Alumni Day on Saturday 9 May 2015. We have a varied and interesting programme of events throughout the day, ending with a wine reception in the Sedgwick Museum and an Alumni Dinner in St John’s College.

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Fitting the continents illustration

2015 marks 50 years since three Cambridge geophysicists – Sir Edward Bullard, Jim E Everett and Alan G Smith – first quantified the fit of the continents on either side of the Atlantic in their widely cited 1965 paper ‘The fit of the continents around the Atlantic’.

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Jean-Philippe Avouac

Jean-Philippe received his award with the 2014 class of Fellows recognised at the AGU Fall Meeting in December.

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Professor Francis Nimmo

Professor Francis Nimmo (St John’s 1990), returns to the department on sabbatical from the University of California. Francis will be working with Richard Harrison (Fitzwilliam 1990) on trying to understand how magnetic fields are generated on asteroids. Francis is also currently thinking about Pluto in preparation for the first-ever close-up images.

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Thorbjorg Agustsdottir fencing

Thorbjorg Ágústsdóttir, geophysics research student and 10 times Nordic fencing champion, has qualified for the 2015 European Games in Baku. Thorbjorg will also represent Cambridge in the Varsity match in March.

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Science Festival 9–22 March
The Sedgwick Museum and the Department have planned a number of events during the 2015 Science Festival, including a series of evening lectures 16 – 18 March and a family laboratory open day on the 21 March. Time Truck will also be opening their doors on 14 March.

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Sedgwick Club Careers Event, November 2014

Sedgwick Club Careers Event
Earth Science graduates, many of whom are alumni, returned to the Department in November for the annual Careers Event. This event gives our current students, both undergraduate and graduate, the opportunity to explore a variety of career paths available to them. Thank you to all of you who took part.

Careers event on YouTubee

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Half Term at the Sedgwick Museum
Meet Mary Anning, fossil hunter extraordinaire and supplier of sea dragons, with storyteller Marion Leeper. Come and see Iggy the Iguanodon in lights and explore the museum after dark.

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Greece Fieldtrip Dec 14

Earth Sciences Fieldwork Blog
Our Part II students have recently returned from their field trip to Greece. Camilla Penney, research student, details the trip from the shores of the Gulf of Corinth to the Gulf of Evia.

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Detail from Marine Beachrocks by J A D Dickson

Marine Beachrocks
J A D (Tony) Dickson’s e-book Marine Beachrocks, available to download from the i-Tunes bookstore, is designed with carbonate petrographers in mind and is illustrated with interactive images and movies.

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The next edition of GeoCam, our printed magazine, will be sent to alumni in Spring. Do please let us know if your contact details have changed, either by contacting Alison Holroyd, Alumni Coordinator, at or by using the link below.

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