Following in the Footsteps of Neanderthals: Summer Fieldwork at Shanidar Cave

By Emily Tilby, PhD Student in the Department of Archaeology Last summer I was lucky enough to take part in a season of excavations at Shanidar Cave in the foothills of the Zagros Mountains in Kurdistan, northeastern Iraq, as part of an ongoing project investigating the chronology, environmental context and hominin use of the Cave …

Engaging with Science Policy: What does a House of Commons select committee do?

By Victoria Honour 2nd year PhD The Halls of Power. Westminster. Whitehall. Parliament. The Houses. Democracy… Before this Spring I read the news on BBC, knew the names of some senior MPs, and skim read a manifesto before voting. I would have classed myself as having a standard level of political interest. Ultimately, I was …

Smash and Grab: Two Men’s Attempt at Fieldwork in Iceland.

By Euan Mutch In a world where the power of nature is misunderstood, and rocks don’t collect themselves. Two clueless igneous geologists must travel to the mysterious land of fire and ice to unravel the hidden secrets of the mantle. They must scale mountains, ford ferocious torrents, fight the elements and evade local law enforcement …

Hawaiian Horoscope: Readings from the Ion Probe

By Lois Salem, 3rd year PhD I look at the chemistry of crystals and their melt inclusions to understand how the mantle melts, how different processes affect the melt such as crystallisation, exsolution, diffusion and mixing, and model their chemical signature to inform our understanding of how and why volcanoes erupt. In particular my PhD …