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. Please note the closing date for 2015 applications is no later than 1st May 2015 and a copy of the application form can be downloaded here.

    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.


    2015 Conference Presentations

    Chris Cornford - Quantifying the Variscan – a basin modelling attempt (The Scott Simpson Lecture)

    Mike Barr - How do you tell the difference between sandstone from the Crackington Formation and that from the Bude Formation in buildings?

    David Birks et al. – Development of a low enthalpy energy system in the Clyst Sandstone Exeter

    Colin Bristow - A proposal for an archive of photographs to be set up, showing features of geological interest in the china clay pits

    Tony Brown et al. - The Burtle Beds Revisited: New dates and palaeoenvironmental interpretations

    Robert Buchanan - New P-T constraints on peak metamorphism and crustal melting during emplacement of the Lizard Complex: implications for the petrogenesis of the Kennack Gneiss

    Anita Carey - Water/Substrate Interactions and the Bioaccessibility of Arsenic, Cadmium and Lead at the Devon Great Consols former mining-area, Southwest England

    Alan Cattell - New Information on the Severnside Levels

    Kristian Drivenes et al. - Fluid and quartz evolution during ascent and emplacement of the Land’s End granite

    Ella Egberts et al. - Quaternary landscape change and hominin occupation in the Avon Valley, Hampshire

    Ramues Gallois - The position of the Permo-Triassic boundary in Devon

    Malcolm Hart et al. - Squid ‘ear bones’ (statoliths) from the Jurassic succession of South-west England

    Malcolm Hart et al. - Foraminifera from the Fowey Estuary, Cornwall

    Callum Hatch et al. - The origin of the late-Variscan lamprophyres of South-west England

    Robin Hazel - Groundwater in the Cardinham Water catchment, a tributary of the Fowey system

    Frank Howie & Adrian Lea - Dean Quarry Gabbro – playing a key role in the UK’s renewable energy strategy

    John Mather et al. - Manganese mineralisation and mining in Permian rocks near Exeter

    Charlie Moon - Tellus SW, initial tales from a user: lamprophyres, granites, elvans and mineralisation

    Kevin Page - A new integrated stratigraphical study of the candidate Global Stratotype Section and Point (GSSP) for the base of the Oxfordian Stage of the Jurassic System near Redcliff Point, Weymouth, Dorset, England, UK

    Luke Palmer & Hylke Glass - Comparison between implicit and explicit modelling at Blackpool China Clay Pit, St Austell

    Chris Paul et al. - Unusual iridescent ammonites from the Charmouth Mudstone Formation east of Lyme Regis, Dorset

    Chris Paul et al. - New records of fossils from near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    Louis Penfound-Marks & Robin Shail - Early Devonian rift-related felsic igneous rocks in the western Looe Basin

    David Roche & Deryck Laming - Difficult ground conditions in faulted Permian strata for gas pipeline tunnel beneath the Exe estuary between Lympstone and Powderham

    Sarita McVicar Wright et al. - Resolving the regional context of the Corbyn’s Head Member using automated mineralogy

    Richard Scrivener et al. - Ar40/Ar39 evidence for the age of the Torbay Breccia Formation, Torquay, south Devon: implications for chronostratigraphy and the history of felsic igneous activity in the region

    Doreen Smith - Observations over a period of 30 years in several historic and modern excavations in the Chalk around Frampton, Dorset

    Ian Smith et al. - A new section in Late Devonian cephalopod-rich pelagic sediments in South Devon and the context of the Late Devonian mass extinction phase in SW England

    Rachel Tierney et al. - Targeting kaolin deposits with discrete fracture networks

    Chris Yeomans et al. - The Tellus south-west survey: an assessment of preliminary applications and future research potential


    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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