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THEME 3 RESEARCH ENABLING FUND - REPORTS
The following members received Theme 3 Research Enabling Funds to support conference attendance, research support and workshop activity. Read their reports for more information on their experiences.
Conference attendance reports:
Susan Fitzer, University of Glasgow - Gordon Research Conference, New Hampshire, USA, July 2014 report.
Oana Iacob, University of Dundee - European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Austria, May 2014 report.
Marie Porter, SAMS - Ocean Sciences, Hawaii, February 2014 report.
Orly Razgour, University of Stirling - Spatial Ecology & Conservation 2, Birmingham, June 2014 report.
Donald Slater, University of Edinburgh - International Symposium on Contribution of Glaciers & Ice Sheets to Sea Level Change, Chamonix, France, September 2014 report.
Craig Smeaton, University of St Andrews - European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Austria, May 2014 report.
Research support reports:
Catherine Cole, University of St Andrews - Support to carry out a pilot study at BMS, St Andrews, September 2014 report.
Damon Davies, University of Edinburgh - Attendance at Glacier & Ice Sheets in the Climate System Summer school, Karthaus, Italy, September 2014 report.
Susan Fitzer, University of Glasgow - Analysis support for seawater samples, July 2014 report.
Neil Fraser, University of Edinburgh/SAMS - Research visit to Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA, April 2014 report.
Craig Smeaton, University of St Andrews - Research vessel hire support, September 2014 report.
Crystal Smiley, University of Glasgow - Sample analysis support, August 2014 report.
Andrew Tedstone, University of Edinburgh - Attendance at Glacier & Ice Sheets in the Climate System Summer school, Karthaus, Italy, September 2014 report.
Workshop activity reports:
Donald Slater, University of Edinburgh - 'Investigating Controls on Flow Variability in Greenland Tidewater Glaciers' workshop, June 2014 report.
POOLS ENGAGEMENT IN EUROPEAN RESEARCH (PEER) AWARDS - REPORTS
SAGES awarded SFC Pools Engagement in European Research (PEER) grants to members during 2013/14. The following Theme 3 members received funds to support European engagement. Read their reports for more information on their experiences.
Prof. William Austin, University of St Andrews - £2700 grant to host an ITN workshop with European Micropalaeontologists to promote a new European research collaboration during September 2014 report.
POSTDOCTORAL & EARLY CAREER RESEARCHER EXCHANGE (PECRE) AWARDS - REPORTS
SAGES awarded SFC Postdoctoral & Early Career Researcher Exchange (PECRE) grants to members during 2013/14. The following Theme 3 members received funds to support research exchange. Read their reports for more information on their experiences.
Dr. Orly Razgour, University of Stirling - £670 grant for research exchange with CEFE, Montpellier, France in March 2015 report.
Dr. Dan Goldberg, University of Edinburgh - £3005 grant for research exchange with ANL, Chicago & MIT, Boston, US in August 2014 report.
Dr. Gareth Izon, University of St Andrews - £5110 grant for research exchange with Department of Geology, University of Maryland, USA in October 2014 report.
Dr. Harry Oduro, University of St Andrews - £3290 grant for research exchange with University of Maryland & Carnegie Institute in March 2014 report.
Dr. Marie Porter, SAMS - £3100 grant for research exchange with Oregon State University, Corvallis in March 2014 report.
Dr. Christian Schroeder, University of Stirling - £3620 for research exchange with ESRF, Grenoble, France in July 2014 report.
Dr. Matteo Spagnolo, University of Aberdeen - £3700 grant for research exchange with Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas, Austin in April 2014 report.
Dr. Rob Bingham, University of Aberdeen - £5k grant for research exchange with Pennsylvania State University in June 2013 report.
Dr. Jaime Toney, University of Glasgow - £4k grant for research exchange with Yale University in April 2013 report.
5TH SURGE MEETING
The 5th SURGE (Scottish Universities' Research in Glacial Environments) meeting was hosted by the School of Geographical & Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow on 22 April 2014. Please read the report for further information on this successful and popular event.
The 6th SURGE meeting will be held at SAMS in November 2014.
MELANIE DOUARIN (formerly a SAGES funded PhD student) UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH - PUBLICATIONS
Melanie's Theme 3 related articles on "Changes in fossil assemblage in sediment cores from Mingulay Reef Complex(NEAtlantic):Implications for coral reef build-up" and "Growth of north- east Atlantic cold-water coral reefs and mounds during the Holocene: A high resolution U-series and 14C chronology" have been published in Deep Sea Research Part II and Earth & Planetary Science Letters.
SCOTTISH GLACIOLOGY SURGES AHEAD
Wednesday 2nd February saw the second meeting of SURGE (Scottish Universities Research in Glacial Environments) take place in the pleasant surroundings of the Old Library in the Geography Department at the University of Edinburgh. SURGE is a SAGES-funded initiative set up to encourage discussions and collaborations between researchers working in Scotland in fields related to ice and snow.
As was pointed out, the 'U' in SURGE is mainly there to ensure a good acronym, and so the meeting was attended not only by researchers from most leading Scottish universities but also strong contingents from the British Geological Survey (BGS) and the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) in Oban. This led to a diverse and interesting range of 15-minute presentations describing research in parts of the globe including the Alps, Antarctica, Greenland, Iceland and here in Britain. Later, a special session on the Glimmer/CISM ice sheet model from Drs. Nick Hulton and Magnus Hagdorn gave a good introduction to an existing state-of-the-art modelling tool that could be of use to much of the SURGE audience.
Towards the end of the day Prof. Geoffrey Boulton and Dr. Doug Mair led discussions on the big issues in glaciology, and what SURGE should try to achieve in the future. Among the main conclusions emerging were that the big questions in glaciology can't be fully addressed by looking at ice and snow alone, but require researchers to consider the interactions of frozen water with bedrock, sediment, the atmosphere, oceans and even volcanoes. In this light, it was agreed that one of the benefits of a network like SURGE is that researchers get exposed to areas of cryospheric research that they may not usually consider, raising the possibility of interdisciplinary collaborations. This was further enhanced when a large number of the attendees carried on more informal discussions over drinks and a meal late into the evening.
With over 40 scientists in attendance, the meeting proved that glaciology has a strong presence in Scotland. It is hoped that SURGE will continue to gain strength through the connections formed at the meeting, and an online forum that will soon be set up to enable further discussion and allow researchers to publicise their work among interested parties. The next SURGE meeting will be hosted by the University of Dundee in the autumn.
If you would like any further information about SURGE or are interested in attending the next meeting please contact Tim Reid
SAGES - COASTAL & SEA LEVEL WORKSHOP
Alastair and Sue Dawson hosted a successful Coastal and Sea Level Workshop in Dundee on the 27th April 2010. For further details of the event and outcomes please click on the link for a report Coastal and Sea Level Workshop