Funding For Research

    A Fieldwork Research Fund has been established to make small grants (up to a maximum of £500) to support fieldwork, or expenses relating to work directly linked to the south-west area (i.e. to fund geochronology; preparation of thin sections). Applicants must be fully paid-up Members of the Ussher Society or full-time students (who do not need to be Members).  There are separate forms for students (download here) or fully paid up members (download here). If you are a fully paid up student member, please use the student form.

    The fieldwork bursary of up to the value of £500 is available to successful candidates.  It is expected that the successful candidates will offer either a talk or a poster for presentation at the earliest Ussher Society Annual Conference which follows the completion of the project for which they obtained funding.  There is also the expectation that the project-work will be offered for publication in ‘Geoscience in South-West England’, subject to reviewer approval of the manuscript. Please complete all of the fields and return the form to the Ussher Secretary no later than 31st May 2017.

    Annual Conference
    Bursaries are usually available to support full-time students who wish to make an oral or poster presentation at the Society’s Annual Conference held in January of each year. Please contact the Conference Coordinator


    2016 Conference Presentations

    Andy Gale - Southwest England – its contribution to stratigraphy and palaeontology (The Scott Simpson Lecture)

    Chris Andrew et al. - Exploded Plagiostoma shells: macrofossil confirmation of displacive cements in limestones and concretions of Blue Lias Formation (Lower Jurassic) around Lyme Regis

    Alan Cattell - Redcliffe Sandstone revisited

    John Cowley - MINATURA2020 – Mineral deposits of public importance

    Peter Ealey - De La Beche’s 1839 ‘head’ sections in south Cornwall revisited

    Richard Edmonds - Bursting and twisting ledges – Monmouth Beach, Lyme Regis

    Richard Edmonds - Key issues in the management of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, fossil acquisition, and the role that Jurassica has to play

    Hazel Gibson et al. - Communicating the invisible: public perceptions of the geological subsurface

    Tim Harrod - Geology, soils and landscape on the Dartmoor granite around Moretonhampstead and Chagford

    Tim Harrod - A soil map of Northeast Dartmoor

    Malcolm Hart et al. - Foraminifera of the Fal Estuary (Cornwall), including the taxa associated with the maerl beds

    Malcolm Hart et al. - The Western Channel Observatory: benthic foraminifera in the plankton following storms

    Frank Howie - Contrasting Holocene coastal palaeoforest vestiges of Mount's Bay and Daymer Bay, Cornwall

    Samuel Hughes & Robin Shail - The northern contact zone of the Land's End Granite - Late-Variscan tectonic evolution and granite emplacement

    John Macadam - Conservation globally, regionally and locally: an update

    John Mather - Cliff erosion to the east of Sidmouth and the role of groundwater

    Charlie Moon - Newly discovered Antimony occurrences in SE Devon- hot spring deposits?

    Charlie Moon - Saint Kew Dyke: Elvan, lamprophyre or mixed?

    Kevin Page - Ammonite-based correlation of the Lower Toarcian (Lower Jurassic): from the Portuguese GSSP to Somerset, UK

    Kevin Page and William Wimbledon - Fossils and heritage: Conserving a unique resource for future

    Chris Paul - The occurrence of echinoderms in Blue Lias Formation of Devon and Dorset

    Gavyn Rollinson et al. - Trevalgonite and Belowdonite – Hydrothermal replacement of granites in Cornwall?

    Amy Savage - Heavy metal analysis of dust at Wheal Maid tailings lagoon, Cornwall

    Richard Scrivener - Micaceous haematite from north-east Dartmoor: ‘Devonshire Shining Ore’

    Robin Shail et al. - The stratigraphy and structure of the host rocks to the Hemerdon W-Sn deposit - a preliminary view from the periphery

    Peter Wigley - William Smith from Fullers Earth to Google

    William Wimbledon et al. - Portland, Purbeck and Wealden beds: but where is the Jurassic/Cretaceous boundary?

    Chris Yeomans et al. - Re-mapping the composite granite batholith of South West England using Tellus radiometric data


    Ussher People

    If you would like to be included in the list below of members with research interests relevant to the Ussher Society, please e-mail brief details and a link to your webpage or your e-mail to the web editor.

    Tony Brown: research interests across most of the Ussher region including Devon, Dorset and Somerset. Principal themes: (1) Quaternary (incl. Holocene) geological history (2) fluvial geomorphology & sedimentology, (3) environmental archaeology.  http://www.southampton.ac.uk/geography/about/staff/ab1e06.page

    Ramues Gallois: research interests in Triassic to Cretaceous and Quaternary stratigraphy and sedimentology in England and France, and their practical applications. Current themes: (1) Kimmeridgian and Albian successions (2) Quaternary glaciations (3) landslides (4) hydrocarbons (5) ground stability (6) coastal erosion.  http://www.geologist.co.uk

    John Mather: research interests in the history of geology, particularly related to groundwater. Current themes include (1) Spas and mineral springs (2) Water supply (3) Geological travellers in the south-west.  (e-mail: mather@jjgeology.eclipse.co.uk)

    Robin Shail: research interests across most of the Ussher region including Cornwall, Isles of Scilly and Devon. Principal themes: (1) Variscan / post-Variscan tectonics and structural geology, (2) Upper Palaeozoic stratigraphy and sedimentology, (3) granites and mineralisation, (4) coastal landsliding.  http://emps.exeter.ac.uk/csm/staff/rshail


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