Funding For Research

    Fieldwork – in recent years a Fieldwork Research Fund has been established to make small grants (normally a maximum of £500) for new or younger researchers to support fieldwork, survey or museum research visits that are relevant to the Geosciences in South-West England, but not for visits to laboratories or for laboratory analyses. Applicants must be registered, at a UK University, for either an undergraduate or taught postgraduate degree, or for a research degree which is largely self-funded.  Further details of this funding, including the conditions and how to apply and an application form, are circulated by the Ussher Society Secretary to relevant University Departments, usually in the spring of each year.  Please contact the Secretary (secretary@ussher.org.uk) for further information.

    Annual Conference – a number of 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.


    2014 Conference Presentations

    David Manning - Gifts from granite – rethinking the value of a geological stalwart (The Scott Simpson Lecture)

    Jens Andersen - Indium and gallium: metals they never looked for

    Thomas Backhouse - The structural evolution of the Bovey Basin: a revised model

    Mike Barr & Richard Scrivener - Prospectivity of tungsten in southwest England based on Bayes’ theorem

    Tony Brown & Richard Brunning - The River Siger: A Holocene palaeo-tidal meander in the western Somerset Levels
    John Bruce et al. - Some dust geoscience issues in the South West

    Richard Brunning - Salt and reclamation- the Somerset coast in the Romano-British period

    Chris Cornford - A window on the deep water Jurassic and Cretaceous of the Central Atlantic – comparison of the Fuerteventura Basal Complex with our ‘Jurassic Coast’

    Richard Driscoll et al. - An analytical study of uranium minerals from Cornwall, England

    Kristian Drivenes - Quartz-tourmaline orbicules: record of magmatic melt immiscibility in the Land’s End granite

    Ramues Gallois - Possible tetrapod burrows in the Mid Triassic Otter Sandstone Formation at Sidmouth, Devon, U.K

    John Grimes & Tim Grimes - Retrogressive landslide, stabilisation and assessment for further landslide potential below the historic Marisco Castle, Lundy Island

    Malcolm Hart et al. - Mid-Eocene sediments off-shore Jersey and their correlation across Northern France and Southern England

    Frank Howie - The Holocene of north-east Mount’s Bay, south west Cornwall

    Michael Lobb - Terrestrial laser scanning intertidal archaeology in the Severn Estuary

    Phillip Martin et al. - The Toarcian Oceanic Anoxic Event (T-OAE) (Lower Jurassic) in south-west England: new results from Brent Knoll, Somerset

    John Mather & Hugh Prudden - With the odour of a cesspool and bad horseradish; the mineral waters of Daviesville Spa, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset

    Katie Matts - Taphonomy and palaeoecology of a Jurassic ichthyosaur: difference and similarities with modern whale falls

    Sarita McVicar Wright et al. - Provenance studies of heavy minerals from the New Red Sandstone of South-West England using automated mineralogy and geochemistry

    Kevin Page - A new high-resolution ammonite biochronology for the Hettangian Stage (lowest Jurassic) of North West Europe: preliminary results from south-west Britain

    Gregory Price - Early Jurassic isotope variation, Dorset UK

    Autumn Pugh - The recovery of benthic ecosystem dynamics following the Late Triassic mass extinction: Lyme Regis

    John Renouf - A Neandertaler’s dream or a frustration: the possibilities of making a living in the Normanno-Breton Gulf during the last quarter million years

    Robin Shail - Location, location, location: post-Variscan tectonics and granite magmatism in SW England
    Bethany Simons et al. - Critical metal fractionation in the granites of SW England

    Geoff Warrington - The Central Somerset basin revisited


    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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