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Read more at: Cambridge’s global reputation in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences recognised in REF 2021
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Cambridge’s global reputation in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences recognised in REF 2021

12 May 2022

The results from the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) have highlighted the global impact of Cambridge’s research in the field of Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences. The Times Higher Education ranked Cambridge first for Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences in REF 2021. 73% of Cambridge’s overall...


Read more at: Explore the Sedgwick Museum's Two Islands Exhibit

Explore the Sedgwick Museum's Two Islands Exhibit

10 May 2022


Read more at: New electron microprobe installed in microanalysis lab
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New electron microprobe installed in microanalysis lab

27 April 2022

In September 2021 the Department took delivery of a new electron microprobe: a powerful, non-destructive technique that measures the chemical composition of wide-ranging solid materials. Microprobe analysis has been a central analytical tool in Earth Sciences for decades. The upgraded electron source will allow for...


Read more at: Earth Clinic: raising awareness of Earth’s changing climate
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Earth Clinic: raising awareness of Earth’s changing climate

25 April 2022

On Saturday 23 rd April the Sedgwick Museum and Department of Earth Sciences hosted their first joint family event in celebration of Earth Day. The Earth Clinic explored what scientists are doing to understand and help our changing planet — as well as empowering young people to make informed decisions on environmental...


Read more at: Researcher spotlight: Prof Helen Williams
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Researcher spotlight: Prof Helen Williams

5 April 2022

Prof Helen Williams joined the Department of Earth Sciences in 2016 and is currently Professor of Geochemistry. She reflects on her life and work with Erin Martin-Jones. Why are you interested in Earth’s interior? What really fascinates me is how the chemistry of Earth’s interior has changed over time. The surface we live...


Read more at: Dense bones allowed Spinosaurus to hunt underwater

Dense bones allowed Spinosaurus to hunt underwater

23 March 2022

Spinosaurus is the biggest carnivorous dinosaur ever discovered—even bigger than T. rex —but the way it hunted has been a subject of debate for decades. Based on its skeleton, some scientists have proposed that Spinosaurus could swim, but others believe that it waded in the water like a heron. To help solve this mystery...


Read more at: Dr Neil Davies receives Pilkington Prize for teaching excellence

Dr Neil Davies receives Pilkington Prize for teaching excellence

17 March 2022

Dr Neil Davies , who is Lecturer in Sedimentary Geology and Fellow of Churchill College, has been awarded the prestigious Pilkington Prize in recognition of his teaching excellence. It is often said that the best geologist is the one that has seen the most rocks, and Dr Neil Davies has probably seen more than most, having...


Read more at: Research project spotlight: West Antarctic ice sheet responses to climatic changes
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Research project spotlight: West Antarctic ice sheet responses to climatic changes

15 March 2022

The WA rm C limate S tability of W est A ntarctic ice sheet in the last IN terglacial ( WACSWAIN ) project, led by Cambridge Earth Sciences' Professor Eric Wolff , aims to understand the possible collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet during the Last Interglacial (roughly 120,000 years ago). This time period is when...


Read more at: Celebrating International Women’s Day 2022
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Celebrating International Women’s Day 2022

8 March 2022

International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on achievements and progress made, recognize challenges and focus greater attention on women’s rights and achieving equal opportunity status in all walks of life. We look back over a year of research news and blog posts from women in our Department; from graduate students to...


Read more at: Microscopic view on asteroid collisions could help us understand planet formation
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Microscopic view on asteroid collisions could help us understand planet formation

23 February 2022

A new way of dating collisions between asteroids and planetary bodies throughout our Solar System’s history could help scientists reconstruct how and when planets were born. The research, which was led by the University of Cambridge, combined dating and microscopic analysis of the Chelyabinsk meteorite — which fell to...