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Upcoming event 18-22 August 2014

14C in the Environment Conference

Inaugural Radiocarbon in the Environment Conference.

Queens University Belfast

The Inaugural Radiocarbon in the Environment Conference will be hosted by Queens University Belfast. Information and registration details can be found on the event poster.

Abstract proposals deadline: 30 April 2014.

Abstract submissions can be submitted at Queens University Belfast website

New Member July 2014

SAGES is pleased to welcome the following new member;

Harriett Richardson, a Knowledge Exchange Officer at Glasgow has joined Theme 2.

Graduate School New Member June 2014

SAGES is pleased to welcome the following new member to the Graduate School;

Christopher Lyon, a PhD student at Dundee has joined Themes 4,1,3 & CESD.

New Members June 2014

SAGES is pleased to welcome the following new member;

Dr. Catherine Cole is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews, she has joined Theme 3.

Upcoming event 19 June 2014

SAGES Theme 1 Landscape Dynamics workshop

Weathering in the Urban Environment: Bridging the Gaps Workshop

University of Glasgow

Full information and registration details for this SAGES funded event, co-convened by Callum Graham, Larissa Naylor, Martin Lee (University of Glasgow),and John Hughes (University of West of Scotland) can be found on the event flyer

Upcoming event 19 June 2014 10:30am - 6:00pm

SAGES workshop

North Atlantic/European climatic controls on landscape evolution during the Littel Ice Age

University of Aberdeen

Full information and registration details for this SAGES funded event, co-convened by Craig Frew,(University of Aberdeen),and Rob Wilson (University of St Andrews) can be found in the Events section of the website.

Upcoming event 16th & 17th June 2014

Research Ventures 2014

The Lighthouse, Glasgow

Full information for this SAGES funded event can be found in the Events section of the website.

Upcoming event 9 June 2014 11:30am - 4:30pm

SAGES Theme 3 workshop

Investigating controls on flow variability in Greenland tidewater Glaciers

University of Edinburgh

This SAGES funded event will be co-convened by Donald Slater, Prof. Peter Nienow (University of Edinburgh) and Neil Fraser (SAMS).

Upcoming event 5 & 6 June 2014

SAGES Theme 4 workshop - 'Sustainable Adaptation: A SAGES network of expertise'

Dundee - West Park

Full information and registration details for this SAGES funded event, co-hosted by Prof. Ioan Fazey (Dundee), Dr. Alexandre Gagnon(UWS), Dr. Shona Russell & Dr. Clare Moran (University of St Andrews), Ruth Wolstenholme (SNIFFER) and Ragne Low (ClimatexChange) can be found on the event invite.

Upcoming event 22 May 2014

Workshop

Classical and Bayesian approaches to the modelling of geochronologies.

University of Aberdeen

This event is open to all SAGES members but may be of particular relevance to Theme 1 members especially palaeoecologists who regularly work with radiocarbon dates placed through stratified profiles (sediment cores, open sections, etc).

Place are limited and will be offered on a 'first come, first served basis'. Please refer to the flyerfor more information and contact Dr. James Schofield to register

Registration deadline: 19 May 2014.

Theme 3 Funding opportunities 20 May 2014

SAGES Theme 3 (Atmosphere, Oceans & Climate) has funds available for research support expenses. Please refer to the Opportunities area of the website for further details including the application criteria and process.

Application deadline - 4pm, Monday 9 June 2014.

New Members May 2014

SAGES is pleased to welcome the following new members;

Dr. Nicola Allison is a Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews, she has joined Theme 3.

Dr. Andrea Burke is a Lecturer at the University of St Andrews, she has joined Theme 3.

Dr. Massimo Bollasina is a Lecturer in Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, he has joined Theme 3.

Theme 2 Conference support award - Report May 2014

Michael Galante, SAGES Graduate School member from the University of Edinburgh received an award of £500 to attend the Forest Change Conference in Friesing, Germany. To find out more about his experience please read his report.

Upcoming event 8 May 2014

Multi-resolution spatial methods for large data sets

School of Mathematics & Statistics

University of Glasgow

Professor Doug Nychka from NCAR will be visiting the School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Glasgow as the 2014 Mitchell lecturer from 5-9th May.

Thursday 8th May, 3pm room 203, Mathematics building

Multi-resolution spatial methods for large data sets

Spatial data is ubiquitous and a basic problem is to reconstruct surfaces from irregular observations or measurements and to quantify the uncertainty in the estimates. Standard statistical methods break when applied to large data sets and so alternative approaches are needed that balance changes to the statistical models for increases in computational efficiency. A useful method expands the field in a set of compact basis functions and places a Gaussian Markov random field latent model on the basis coefficients. The impact is that evaluating the model likelihood and computing spatial predictions is feasible even for tens of thousands of spatial observations on a single computational core (e.g. a laptop). Moreover, by varying the support of the basis functions and the correlations among basis coefficients it is possible to entertain multi-resolution and nonstationary spatial models that exploit the rich structure often found in large data sets.

Please email Maths-stats events to register

Upcoming event 6 May 2014

Uncertain weather, uncertain climate

School of Mathematics & Statistics

University of Glasgow

Professor Doug Nychka from NCAR will be visiting the School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Glasgow as the 2014 Mitchell lecturer from 5-9th May.

Tuesday 6th May, 3pm room 203, Mathematics building

Uncertain weather, uncertain climate

What will the weather be tomorrow? How cold was it 500 years ago?

The first question has a clear relevance to our daily lives and the second is necessary to understand variation in our Earth's climate. Answers to both of these questions rely on statistical methods that combine observations with geophysical models to understand our physical environment. Annual temperatures many centuries in the past can be estimated without the benefit of having direct measurements from thermometers. Should we be skeptical of scientific attempts to do this? This lecture will present statistical methods for scientific problems where observational information is limited and characterizing the uncertainty in the results is important. These methods, known as Bayesian hierarchical models, have become a mainstay of data analysis for complex problems and besides being used in the geosciences have wide application in other areas of science.

This talk will be followed by a welcoming reception in the common room, you are welcome to attend, please email Maths-stats events to register.

SAGES/SFC FUNDS AVAILABLE! April 2014

The Scottish Funding Council has provided additional funds for SAGES members in the following schemes;

Scheme 1 - Pools Engagement in European Research (PEER)

Scheme 2 - Postdoctoral and early career researcher exchanges with Europe, North America, China & India (PECRE)

Please refer to the SAGES plan for PEER & PECRE funds 2014 document for further details.

To apply for funding, send a completed application form to SAGES Administrator, Carol Thomson.

Application deadline: 31 May 2014.


Theme 3 Grant awards - Research Visit Support April 2014

We are pleased to announce SAGES Theme 3 has supported the following research visit;

Neil Fraser, a PhD student at the SAMS was awarded £1243 to support his research visit to Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore during 2014.

A report on Neil's research experience will be published on the website in due course

Theme 2 - PECRE Research report April 2014

Dr. Ruth Falconer, a member of SAGES Terrestrial Carbon theme from the University of Abertay, was awarded a Postdoctoral and Early Career Researcher Exchange grant from the Scottish Funding Council in association with SAGES for £3717. This grant funded a research exchange trip to Michigan State University in 2014.

The research objectives were: to develop a new thread of research with an existing collaborator, and to extend her collaborative network at MSU to the Mathematics and Computing department.

For further information on this research, read Ruth's report

Grant success - PEER Awards April 2014

We are pleased to announce the following awards of "Pools Engagement in European Research" grants from the Scottish Funding Council in association with SAGES in response to our recent application call - new funds are available, see above for details.

Professor Mark Inall, SAMS was awarded £3150

This exchange will involve several European partners, with Professor Inall participating as an investigators on the Horizon 2020 Optimizing and Enhancing the Atlantic Observing System of Systems” call.

Professor William Austin, University of St Andrews was awarded £348

During this ITN exchange with several European partners, Professor Austin will be involved in drafting a proposal for an ITN-H2020 project on “Integrating Ice Core, Marine, Terrestrial and Modeling data using isotopes over the last glacial cycle”.

Reports will be published on the website on completion of these exchanges.

Grant success - PECRE Awards April 2014

We are pleased to announce the following awards of "Postdoctoral & Early Career Researcher Exchanges" grants from the Scottish Funding Council in association with SAGES in response to our recent application call - new funds are available, see above for details.

Dr. Josie Geris, University of Aberdeen was awarded £3800

Dr. Geris will visit Boise State University with the aim of gaining and exchanging knowledge on how to improve our understanding of soil-vegetation water interactions and their controls on water storage and supply.

Dr. Eirini Politi, University of Dundee was awarded £2958

Dr. Politi will visit the University of Quebec. This exchange will provide training for Dr. Politi in the use of LUWI and test its general utility in a range of new scales and landscapes using GloboLakes data and extensive field data provided by Prof Prairie and colleagues at the University of Quebec.

Dr. Daniel Goldberg, University of Edinburgh was awarded £3005

Dr. Goldberg will visit the Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago. He will work with Jean Utke, the lead developer of the (open-source) software, in order to substantially increase the computational efficiency when investigating ice sheet data assimilation.

Dr. Orly Razgour, University of Stirling was awarded £2780

Dr. Razgour will visit CIBIO, University of Porto. The objectives of this visit are to develop both genomic and ecological modelling resources that will enable us to better predict the effects of future climate change on biodiversity.

Dr. Gareth Izon, University of St Andrews was awarded £5110

Dr. Izon will visit the University of Maryland. The proposed project will generate high-­resolution geochemical records of atmospheric and marine chemistry in c.2.5 billion year old sedimentary rocks to investigate the coupling between biogeochemical sulphur and methane cycling on the early Earth.

Dr. Harry Oduro, University of St Andrews was awarded £3290

Dr. Oduro will visit the University of Maryland and the Carnegie Institute, Washington. The aim of this visit is to process sediment core and pore water for organic-inorganic sulphur isolation, molecular characterisation of S-lipids/lignin biopolymer, and sulphur isotope fingerprinting (32S, 33S, 34S, 36S) at the Stable Isotope Laboratory.

Dr. Michael Singer, University of St Andrews was awarded £2200

Dr. Singer will visit the University of Lyon. The aim of this visit is to collect essential proof-of-concept data on the relevant end-member water sources that are contributing to xylem flow in our riparian trees and which eventually become incorporated into tree-ring cellulose.

Reports will be published on the website on completion of these exchanges.

Grant success - PECRE B&I Awards April 2014

We are pleased to announce the following awards of "Postdoctoral & Early Career Researcher Exchanges with Business & Industry" grants from the Scottish Funding Council in association with SAGES in response to our recent application call - new funds are available, see above for details.

Dr. Richard Payne, University of Stirling was awarded £12,121

Dr. Payne will work with partner organisations, FCS/FR, SNH & SEPA on the consequences of Peatland restoration.

Dr. Richard Shanks, SUERC was awarded £12,728

Dr. Shanks will work with Pantechnik, France. The project is to develop a revolutionary new ion source for application in accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS). This project aims to develop a new-generation ECR (electron cyclotron resonance) ion source for AMS, which would produce positive ions with an almost 100% efficiency.

Reports will be published on the website on completion of these exchanges.

Vacancy April 2014

The University of St Andrews has a short term (6 weeks) vacancy for a Temporary Laboratory Assistant, futher details can be found in the Opportunities section of the website.

Upcoming event 22 April 2014

SAGES SURGE 2014 meeting

SAGES Scottish Universities Research in Glacial Environments 2014 meeting

University of Glasgow

The 5th meeting on SURGE will be hosted by the School of Geographical & Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow. Information and registration details can be found on the event poster.

Registration deadline: 28 March 2014.

New Members April 2014

SAGES is pleased to welcome the following new members;

Dr. Ramon Pellitero-Ondicol is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Aberdeen, he has joined Themes 1 & 3.

Dr. James Rae is a Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews, he has joined Theme 3.

Theme 3 Funding opportunities March 2014

SAGES Theme 3 (Atmosphere, Oceans & Climate) has funds available for research enabling activity. Please refer to the Opportunities area of the website for further details including the application criteria and process.

Application deadline - 4pm, Monday 14 April 2014.

Graduate School New Members March 2014

SAGES is pleased to welcome the following new member to the Graduate School;

Jennifer Williams is a PhD student at the University of Dundee, she has joined Theme 4.

New Members March 2014

SAGES is pleased to welcome the following new members;

Dr. Cristian Simonetti is Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen, he has joined Theme 4.

Dr. Shasta Marrero is a Research Associate in the Global Change Research Institute at the University of Edinburgh, she has joined Theme 1.

Dr. Eileen Tisdall is a Lecturer in Environmental Sciences at the University of Stirling, she has joined Themes 1 & 4.

Grant success February 2014

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Larissa Naylor of the University of Glasgow has been awarded a "Postdoctoral & Early Career Researcher Exchanges with Business & Industry" grant from the Scottish Funding Council in association with SAGES for £13,672.

This grant will fund a 10 month exchange with ARUP. The primary aim of this exchange will be to demonstrate the potential benefits of geoscience-engineering collaborations. The work will focus on green engineering as a means of reducing human impacts on coastal and estuarine systems.

A report will be published on the website on completion of the exchange.

Theme 2 Grant awards - Conference Support February 2014

We are pleased to announce the following members made successful applications to the 2nd call of SAGES Theme 2 Conference support scheme;

Michael Galante, a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh was awarded £500.00 to support his attendance at 'Forest Change 2014' held in Freising, Germany during April 2014.

Dr. Kate Heal of the University of Edinburgh was awarded £170.00 to support her conference attendance at the 'Joint SRUC/SEPA Biennial Conference' held in Edinburgh during April 2014.

Dr. Leena Vihermaa of the University of Glasgow was awarded £500.00 to support her conference attendance at the 'European Geosciences Union General Assembly' held in Vienna, Austria during May 2014.

Reports on their conference experience will be published on the website in due course

Theme 2 Grant awards - Field Research Support February 2014

We are pleased to announce the following member made a successful application to the 2nd call of SAGES Theme 2 Field Research support scheme;

Hazel Long, a PhD student at the University of Glasgow was awarded £500.00 to support her field research at the 'Kangerlussuaq International Science Support Facility' Greenland during June 2014.

A report on Hazels field research experience will be published on the website in due course

Theme 3 Grant awards - Conference Support February 2014

We are pleased to announce the following members made successful applications to the SAGES Theme 3 Conference support scheme;

Dr. Susan Fitzer of the University of Glasgow was awarded £250.00 to support her attendance at the 'Gordon Research Conference - Ocean Global Change Biology' held in New Hampshire, USA during July 2014.

Oana Iacob, a PhD student at the University of Dundee was awarded £250.00 to support her conference attendance at the 'European Geosciences Union General Assembly' held in Vienna, Austria during May 2014.

Dr. Marie Porter of SAMS was awarded £250.00 to support her conference attendance at the 'Ocean Sciences Conference' held in Hawaii during February 2014.

Dr. Orly Razgour of the University of Stirling was awarded £125.00 to support her conference attendance at the 'Ecological Genetics Group Meeting' in Newcastle during April 2014.

Donald Slater, a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh was awarded £250.00 to support his conference attendance at the 'International Glaciological Society International Symposium on Contribution of Glaciers and Ice Sheets to Sea Level Rise', held in Chamonix, France during May 2014.

Craig Smeaton, a PhD student at the University of St Andrews was awarded £250.00 to support his conference attendance at the 'European Geosciences Union General Assembly' held in Vienna, Austria during May 2014.

Reports on their conference experience will be published on the website in due course

Theme 3 Grant awards - Workshop Support February 2014

We are pleased to announce the following member made a successful application to the SAGES Theme 2 Workshop support scheme;

Donald Slater, a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh was awarded £500.00 to support his workshop on 'Investigating controls on flow variability in Greenland tidewater glaciers'. Further details of this workshop will be added to the events section of the website in due course.

New Members February 2014

SAGES is pleased to welcome the following new members;

Dr. Eirini Politi is a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the University of Dundee, she has joined Themes 1 & 2.

Dr. Noel Gourmelen is a Lecturer in Remote Sensing of the Cryosphere at the University of Edinburgh, he has joined Themes 1 & 3.

Dr. Gareth Izon is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of St Andrews, he has joined Themes 2 & 3.

Dr. Coralie Mills is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of St Andrews, she has joined Themes 1, 2 & 3.

Professor Timothy Ingold is the Chair in Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen, he has joined Theme 4.

Upcoming event February 2014

CBESS & MASTS are running a "Field techniques in the coastal margin" training course in Morecambe Bay on 24 - 28 February 2014.

The training course will take attendees through the process of planning and conducting a major field campaign. This will include experimental design, data collection and analysis, logistics and safety in the field.

Please refer to the CBESS /MASTS training flyer for more information or contact Meriem Kayoueche-Reeve at St Andrews for enquiries.

Upcoming event 12 February 2014

SAGES Theme 1 workshop

SAGES HANOA - 'Geomorphological change and the 'lost harbours' of the Middle Ages'

University of Edinburgh

Full information and registration details for this SAGES funded event, co-convened by John Preston, Andy Dugmore (University of Edinburgh), Jim Hansom (University of Glasgow) and Tom Dawson (University of St Andrews) can be found on the event flyer.

Theme 2 media report January 2014

Professor Wilfred Otten, a member of SAGES Terrestrial Carbon theme and his team at SIMBIOS, University of Abertay use an X-ray computed tomography (CT) scanner and 3D print plastic models of soil samples to understand the secrets of soil.

The following article from the BBC 'Model helps reveal soils secrets' provides more information.

Theme 1 media report January 2014

Dr. Martin Kirkbride, a member of SAGES Landscape Dynamics theme carried out research using cosmogenic 10Be dating techniques to study the formation of corries in the Cairngorms. In association with Dr. Jez Everest (BGS) and the Cosmogenic Isotope Analysis Facility at SUERC their research indicates a glacier may have survived in the Cairngorms as recently as the 18th Century.

The following article from the BBC 'Scotland had a glacier up to the 1700s, say scientists' provides more information.

New Members January 2014

SAGES is pleased to welcome the following new members;

Dr. Kiran Tota-Maharaj is a Lecturer in Environmental Engineering at the University of Abertay, he has joined Themes 2 & 4.

Dr. Susan Fitzer is a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the University of Glasgow. she has joined Theme 3.

Dr. Leena Vihermaa is a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the University of Glasgow, she has joined Theme 2.

Professor Mike Billett is a Professor of Biogeochemistry & Environmental Change at the University of Stirling, he has joined Theme 2.

Dr. Christopher Coates is a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the University of Stirling, he has joined Theme 3.

Dr. Orly Razgour is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Stirling, she has joined Theme 3.

Theme 1 Grant awards - Conference Support December 2013

We are pleased to announce the following members made successful applications to the SAGES Theme 1 Conference support scheme;

David Ashmore, a PhD student at the University of Aberdeen was awarded £250.00 to support his attendance at the 'International Glaciological Society International Symposium on Contribution of Glaciers and Ice Sheets to Sea Level Rise', held in Chamonix, France during May 2014.

Dr. Josie Geris of the University of Aberdeen was awarded £250.00 to support her conference attendance at the 'American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting' held in San Francisco, USA during December 2013.

Jason Lessels of the University of Aberdeen and Andrew Tedstone a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh were both awarded £220.00 to support their conference attendance at the 'American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting' held in San Francisco, USA, during December 2013.

Callum Graham a PhD student at the University of Glasgow was awarded £220.00 to support his conference attendance at the 'International Association for Engineering, Geology & the Environment conference' held in Turin, Italy during September 2014.

Richard Streeter at the University of St Andrews, James Blaikie and Melanie Kingsbury, PhD students at the University of Stirling were all awarded £250.00 to support their conference attendance at 'QRA50', held in London during January 2014.

Rebecca Barclay and Helena Stewart, PhD students at the University of Stirling were both awarded £220.00 to support their conference attendance at 'QRA50', held in London during January 2014.

James Lea a PhD student at the University of Aberdeen was awarded £153.40 to support his conference attendance at 'QRA50', being held in London during January 2014.

Reports on their conference experience will be published on the website in due course

Theme 1 Grant awards - Workshop Support December 2013

We are pleased to announce the following members made successful applications to the SAGES Theme 1 Workshop support scheme;

Craig Frew, a PhD student at the University of Aberdeen was awarded £500.00 to support his workshop on 'Understanding North Atlantic landscape-climate Interactions during the Little Ice Age'. Further details of this workshop will be added to the events section of the website in due course.

John Preston, a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh was awarded £500.00 to support his workshop on 'Geomorphological change and the 'lost harbours' of the middle ages'. Further details of this workshop will be added to the events section of the website in due course.

Callum Graham, a PhD student at the University of Glasgow was awarded £500.00 to support his workshop on 'Stone Weathering in the Urban Environment: Bridging the Gap'. Further details of this workshop will be added to the events section of the website in due course.

Theme 2 Grant awards - Conference Support December 2013

We are pleased to announce the following members made successful applications to the SAGES Theme 2 Conference support scheme;

Archana Juyal, a PhD student at the University of Abertay was awarded £400.00 to support her attendance at the 'European Geosciences Union General Assembly' held in Vienna, Austria during May 2014.

Dr. Sonja Schmidt of the University of Abertay was awarded £400.00 to support her conference attendance at the '20th World Congress of Soil Science' held in Jeju, Korea during June 2014.

Antony Phin, a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh was awarded £220.00 to support his conference attendance at the 'SRUC/SEPA Biennial Conference' held in Edinburgh, UK during April 2014.

Reports on their conference experience will be published on the website in due course

Theme 2 Grant awards - Country Support December 2013

We are pleased to announce the following members made successful applications to the SAGES Theme 2 Country support scheme;

Dr. Timothy Hill, University of St Andrews and Dr. Yit Arn Teh, University of Aberdeen were awarded £700.00 to support their visit to the Malaysia Palm Oil Board, to establish a project to evaluate the environmental impact and global warming potential of oil palm plantations on tropical peatlands. Further details of this research will be added to the website in due course.

Graduate School New Members December 2013

SAGES is pleased to welcome the following new member to the Graduate School;

Archana Juyal a PhD student at the University of Abertay, she has joined Theme 2.

New Members December 2013

SAGES is pleased to welcome the following new members;

Emanuel Blei is a Research Assistant at the University of Edinburgh, he has joined Theme 2.

Dr. Simona Hapca is a Lecturer in Applied Statistics at the University of Abertay, she has joined Theme 2.

Upcoming event December 2013

A course on "Data Analysis in R" by Dr. Bruce McAdam will be held at the University of Stirling from 2 December 2013 - 6 December 2013.

This week-long course will take you through the whole process of collecting, analysing and publishing data using the R statistical package and language.

Please refer to the MASTS Data Analysis in R flyer for more information and the registration process.

Upcoming event December 2013 - March 2014

The School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Glasgow is running a series of short NERC workshops and courses between December 2013 and March 2014. Further details and application process can be found below:

Statistics for Environmental Evaluation: Quantifying the environment - Advanced Workshop

Statistics for Environmental Evaluation: Quantifying the environment Course

NERC-funded Spatio-temporal modeling workshop

NERC-funded Functional data analysis workshop

SAGES / SFC RESEARCH FUNDS AVAILABLE! November 2013

The Scottish Funding Council has provided additional funds for SAGES members in the following schemes;

Scheme 1 - Pools Engagement in European Research (PEER)

Scheme 2 - Postdoctoral and early career researcher exchanges with Europe, North America, China & India (PECRE)

Scheme 3 - Postdoctoral and early career researcher exchanges with business and industry.

Please refer to the SAGES SFC Funding opportunities document for further details.

To apply for funding, send a completed SAGES SFC Funds application form to SAGES Administrator, Carol Thomson.

Application deadline: 31 January 2014.


PECRE Research report November 2013

Dr. Robert Bingham, a member of SAGES Landscape Dynamics theme from the University of Aberdeen, was awarded a Postdoctoral and Early Career Researcher Exchange grant from the Scottish Funding Council in association with SAGES for £5K. This grant funded a research exchange trip to Pennsylvania State University in June 2013. The main aims of the visit were to develop a research collaboration with members of the internationally leading Ice and Climate group based in Geosciences at Pennsylvania State University (PSU), and obtain insights into how this group has successfully exploited industrial support for academic glacial geophysical research.For further information on this research, read Rob's report.

Grant success November 2013

We are pleased to announce that Professor Maggie Cusack of the University of Glasgow has been awarded a "Pools Engagement in European Research" grant from the Scottish Funding Council in association with SAGES for £2670. This grant will fund a trip to the University of Burgundy which will focus on processing transcriptome data resulting in a publication. This support will enable a new collaboration to be established which is essential to bring about the best prospects for a successful EU application on biomineral protein evolution. A report will be published on the website on completion of the research.

Grant success November 2013....

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Andrew Hein of the University of Edinburgh has been awarded a "Postdoctoral & Early Career Researcher Exchanges" grant from the Scottish Funding Council in association with SAGES for £2400. This grant will fund a trip to the Quaternary Research Center, University of Washington, Seattle to carry out research on cosmogenic nuclides. A report will be published on the website on completion of the research.

Grant success November 2013....

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Richard Payne of the University of Stirling has been awarded a "Postdoctoral & Early Career Researcher Exchanges" grant from the Scottish Funding Council in association with SAGES for £3195. This grant will fund a research trip to Universite de Franche-Comte and other locations in France and Switzerland. This visit will enable new research to be carried out leading to a journal paper. It will also develop new collaborative research proposals with European colleagues. A report will be published on the website on completion of the research.

Grant success November 2013....

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Ruth Falconer of the University of Abertay has been awarded a ""Postdoctoral & Early Career Researcher Exchanges with Business & Industry" grant from the Scottish Funding Council in association with SAGES for £11434. This grant will fund a trip to Soil Essentials Precision Farming Solutions in Angus, Scotland to investigate the use of webGL and openCL technologies for web mapping. A report will be published on the website on completion of the research.

New Members November 2013...

SAGES is pleased to welcome the following new members;

Jason Lessels is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Northern Rivers Institute at the University of Aberdeen, he has joined Themes 2 & 1.

Dr. Josie Geris is a Research Fellow in the Northern Rivers Institute at the University of Aberdeen, she has joined Theme 1.

Dr. Daniel Goldberg is a Lecturer in Glaciology at the University of Edinburgh, he has joined Theme 3.

Dr. Kirsty Crocket is a Lecturer in Palaeoceanography, Biogeochemistry & Earth Science at SAMS, she has joined Theme 3.

Dr. Richard Streeter is a Lecturer in Environmental Geography at the University of St Andrews, he has joined Theme 1.

Graduate School New Members November 2013...

SAGES is pleased to welcome the following new members to the Graduate School;

Donald Slater a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh has joined Theme 3.

Neil Fraser a PhD student at SAMS has joined Theme 3.

Theme 1 Funding opportunities November 2013...

SAGES Theme 1 (Landscape Dynamics) has funds available for research enabling activity. Please refer to the Opportunities area of the website for further details including the application criteria and process.

Theme 2 Funding opportunities November 2013...

SAGES Theme 2 (Terrestrial Carbon) has £4000 of funds available for research enabling activity. Please refer to the Opportunities area of the website for further details including the application criteria and process.

Theme 1 Research Paper November 2013...

Dr Michael Singer,a member of SAGES Landscape Dynamics theme from the University of St Andrews, carried out research on the " Enduring legacy of toxic fan via episodic redistribution of California gold mining debris."

This paper has been published on the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences website and has received a lot of attention from the worlds media. To find out more please read the article in our Theme 1 - links to research area of our website.

Graduate School upcoming event November 2013

The Environment Young Entrepreneurs Scheme(environment YES) is an excellent opportunity for members of the SAGES graduate school to engage in an exciting NERC-sponsored initiative and we would like to draw it to your attention. The free workshop event, which is being held in Scotland between 6-8 November, 2013 provides an excellent opportunity to enhance your graduate training and CV.

Please consider putting your name forward?

SAGES are currently working in partnership with the MASTS graduate school to deliver a day’s training with the support of the SAMS Business Development team and we are happy to support any SAGES graduate school members wishing to attend this pre-Environment YES event, which will be held at SAMS (near Oban). A team from SAMS won the same event in 2009!

Interested, please contact SAGES Administrator, Carol Thomson who will co-ordinate a list of team members on behalf of SAGES.

Upcoming event 6-7 November 2013

The Postgraduate Research in Marine and Earth Sciences Conference will take place at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton on 6 & 7 November 2013. Please refer to the PRMES13 flyer for more information and registration details.

Upcoming event 5 November 2013

A talk on "Sediment transport and sedimentation along the Amazon valley" by Tom Dunne, University of California Santa Barbara will be held at 1pm at the University of St Andrews in the Forbes Room, Irvine Building. If you require further details please contact: Michael Singer.

Upcoming event 1 November 2013

As part of the SAMS Autumn Seminar Series 2013, an opportunity to hear from a member of the European Commission speaking about the Blue Growth Agenda within Horizon 2020. Please refer to the SAMS Seminar Series poster for more information, or contact Joanne Allday at SAMS.

Society (Theme 4)Award October 2013....

Former SAGES funded PhD graduate Dr. Marta Bruno Soares (NANTES) and current Theme 4 Leader Dr. Alexandre Gagnon(UWS) have received an award from the Emerald Literati Network - 2013 Awards for Excellence.

Their paper "Conceptual elements of climate change vulnerability assessments: a review" was chosen as a "Highly Commended Award winner"

Every year Emerald invites each journal’s Editorial Team to nominate what they believe has been that title’s Outstanding Paper and up to three Highly Commended Papers from the previous year (2012).The award winning papers are chosen following consultation amongst the journal’s Editorial Team, many of whom are eminent academics or practitioners. This paper was selected as it was one of the most impressive pieces of work the team has seen throughout 2012.

Research opportunities October 2013...

British Council grants - to develop overseas partnerships

British Council is launching the British Council Researcher Links initiative, in partnership with various research and higher education organisations from around the world. Researchers that reside in the UK can apply for funding to spend up to 3 months at a university or research institution in one of the nineteen partner countries, and those residing in one of the partner countries can apply for funding to come to the UK.

Further details can be found on the British Council website

Deadline for applications: 23:59 GMT 24th November 2013

PECRE Research report October 2013....

Dr Jaime Toney, a member of SAGES Terrestrial Carbon and Atmosphere, Oceans & Climate themes from the University of Glasgow, was awarded a Postdoctoral and Early Career Researcher Exchange grant from the Scottish Funding Council in association with SAGES for £4K. This grant funded a research exchange trip to Yale University in April 2013. The aim of the visit to Yale University was to draw on Mark Pagani’s success in high impact journal writing (>11 Science & Nature articles since 2000) and expertise in linking compound-specific, carbon isotopes to quantitative estimates of atmospheric pCO2. For further information on this research, read Jaime's report.

Vacancies October 2013....

The University of Aberdeen is leading a NERC funded 4 year study of tropical rainforests in Southeast Asia. BALI - or the Biodiversity And Land-use Impacts on Tropical Ecosystem Function consortium - is the name of the research collaboration which also involves the Universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Lancaster, Liverpool, Oxford, York, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the Natural History Museum. It also brings together a host of international organisations from Malaysia, Japan, Brazil and the USA.

This research is aligned with SAGES Theme 2 - Terrestrial Carbon research activities with several members of SAGES affiliated staff involved in the project.

Vacancy details can be found in the Opportunities section of the website.

Additional information can be found on the University of Aberdeen website and an article published in The Scotsman

Grant success October 2013....

We are pleased to announce that SAGES affiliated PhD graduates; Claudia Mansilla and James Blaikie of the University of Stirling have been awarded a "Theme 1 Small project funding" grant from SAGES for £580.00. This grant will support their research "The Last glacial-interglacial transition in southernmost Patagonia - Tephrochronology" in obtaining major element analyses of a number of tephra samples as part of their chronology building work to provide excellent palaeoenvironmental records for southern and central Patagonia.

Training opportunities October 2013...

MASTS - NERC funded Sea ice field training course

Sea ice field training: deployment of sensor and implement technology for data collection and monitoring in a critical and vulnerable environment. NERC has funded a course to provide training in sea ice physics, chemistry and biology, and deployment of instrumentation to sample and monitor the hostile yet critical and changing sea ice environment.

The course is open to research students or early-career researchers in the environmental sciences, and to other interested parties (NERC-funded applicants will be prioritised).

Please refer to the Application form for further details.

Applications to be sent to Andrew Brierley - St Andrews

Further details can be found on the The University of St Andrews website

Closing Date: 1 December 2013

Research opportunities October 2013...

Royal Academy of Engineering - Research exchanges with China and India

The scheme enables engineering researchers at UK Higher Education institutions to travel to a Chinese or Indian institution and/or China or India-based researchers to spend time at a UK institution, with the aim of strengthening relations between leading partners in these countries and allowing researchers to gain international experience and access world-class expertise. All applications must be received by 5pm on Monday 18th November 2013. For queries, please email Catherine Lawrence

Further details can be found on the Royal Academy of Engineering website

Graduate School New Members October 2013...

SAGES is pleased to welcome the following new members to the Graduate School;

Craig Smeaton a PhD student at St Andrews has joined Themes 2 & 3.

Angela Roberts a PhD student at St Andrews has joined Theme 3.

Riccardo Arosio a PhD student at SAMS has joined Themes 1 & 3.

Laura McHardie a PhD student at Aberdeen has joined Themes 1 & 4.

Damon Davies a PhD student at Edinburgh has joined Themes 1 & 3.

Jill McColl a PhD student at Glasgow has joined Themes 2 & 3.

Melanie Kingsbury a PhD student at Stirling has joined Theme 1.

Joss Ratcliffe a PhD student at Environmental Research Institute, UHI has joined Theme 2.

Isotein Ikiroma-Owiye a PhD student at UWS has joined Theme 4.

John Preston a PhD student at Edinburgh has joined Theme 2.

New Members October 2013...

SAGES is pleased to welcome the following new members;

Dr. Jing Yao is a Research Fellow in the Centre for GeoInformatics at the University of St Andrews, she has joined Theme 4.

Dr. Alexander Thomas is a Lecturer in GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh, he has joined Themes 1 & 3.

Dr. Janet Fisher is a Chancellors Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, she has joined Theme 4.

Dr. Edward Mitchard is a Chancellors Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, he has joined Theme 2.

Upcoming event 7 - 8 October 2013

The University of Abertay Dundee will host a workshop on 3D Imaging: Applications in Geosciences on 7 - 8 October 2013 as part of the EPSRC funded network: Porus Media - Processes and Mathematics (PMPM). Further details can be found on the PMPM website

Registration and abstract submission has been extended until the 9th of September 2013. Registration is FREE, but places are limited, more information can be found at 3D Imaging workshop website.

We have secured international speakers including Dr. Dorthe Wildenschild (USA), Prof. Hans-Joerg Vogel (Germany), Dr. Anders Kaestner (Switzerland), Prof. Cino Viggiana (France), Dr. Branko Bijeljic (London) and Prof. Philippe Baveye (USA), more details including a provisional program and abstracts will be announced soon on the workshop website.

Upcoming event 3 October 2013

The Glasgow City of Science annual "Question of Science dinner" will take place at the Glasgow Science Centre on Thursday 3 October 2013. The event will be hosted by comedian and scientist Dara O Briain. Please refer to the brochure for more information and booking contact details.

New Member September 2013...

SAGES is pleased to welcome the following new member;

Dr. Harry Oduro is a Lecturer in Organic Geochemistry & Earth System Processes at the University of St Andrews, he has joined Theme 3.

Grant success September 2013....

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Sonja Schmidt of the University of Abertay has been awarded a "Postdoctoral and Early Career Researcher Exchange" grant from the Scottish Funding Council in association with SAGES for £1766.25. This grant will fund research exchange and collaboration with members of AgroParisTech and Bioemco in France. The objective of the research is to get a better understanding on the role of fungi on soil organic matter dynamics.

Grant success September 2013....

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Marie Porter of the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) has been awarded a "Postdoctoral and Early Career Researcher Exchange" grant from the Scottish Funding Council in association with SAGES for £3100.00. This grant will fund research exchange and collaboration with Oregon State University. The key aim of the research is to write a paper discussing the hypothesis that seasonal changes in prevailing weather patterns in the Celtic Sea cause a switch between up and down welling at the shelf-break.

Grant success September 2013....

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Christian Schroeder of the University of Stirling has been awarded a "Postdoctoral and Early Career Researcher Exchange" grant from the Scottish Funding Council in association with SAGES for £3620.00. This grant will fund research exchange and collaboration with the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), Grenoble, France. This research will investigate the (bio)geochemical iron cycle and its links to other elemental cycles such as carbon, sulphur or phosphorus by characterising reactive iron species in solid, sediments, and in the water column.

Upcoming event 25 September 2013

SUERC @ 50 Community event will take place at SUERC, Scottish Enterprise Technology Park, East Kilbride on Wednesday 25 September 2013. Please refer to the SUERC @ 50 document for more information and registration details.

New Member September 2013...

SAGES is pleased to welcome the following new member;

Dr. Philippa Ascough is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Environmental Geochemistry at SUERC, she has joined Themes 2 & 3.

New Members September 2013...

SAGES is pleased to welcome the following new members;

Dr. Andy Hein is a Chancellor's Research Fellow and Manager of Edinburgh's Cosmogenic Nuclide Laboratory at University of Edinburgh, he has joined Theme 1.

Dr. Larissa Naylor is a Geography teaching assistant at University of Glasgow, she has joined Themes 1, 3 & 4.

Richard Shanks is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the AMS Laboratory at SUERC, he has joined Theme 1.

PECRE Research report August 2013....

Dr Bente Foereid, a member of SAGES Terrestrial Carbon theme from the University of Abertay, was awarded a Postdoctoral and Early Career Researcher Exchange grant from the Scottish Funding Council in association with SAGES for £4560.00. This grant funded a research exchange trip to CEBAS-CSIC, Murcia Spain in January 2013. The research focused on "Photodegradation in nitrogen turnover in a semi-arid area". For further information on this research, read Bente's report.

Grant success August 2013....

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Matteo Spagnolo of the University of Aberdeen has been awarded a "Postdoctoral and Early Career Researcher Exchange grant from the Scottish Funding Council in association with SAGES for £3700.00. This grant will fund research exchange and collaboration with members of the internationally leading Land Surface Dynamic group based in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Texas. This research will focus on the study of subglacial bedforms across different geomorphological disciplines.

New Members August 2013...

SAGES is pleased to welcome the following new member;

Veronica Morales a Postdoctoral Research Associate at SIMBIOS, University of Abertay has joined Theme 2 and CESD.

Honorary professorship award August 2013....

We are pleased to announce William Austin, an expert in marine geoscience and Director of the SAGES Graduate School, has been awarded an honorary professorship by the University of Highlands and Island for his work at the Scottish Marine Institute (SAMS). SAGES would like to congratulate Bill on this well deserved honour. Further details can be found on the SAMS website

New Members August 2013...

SAGES is pleased to welcome the following new member;

Sonja Schmidt a Lecturer in Environmental & Soil Sciences at University of Abertay has joined Theme 2.

Graduate School New Members July 2013...

SAGES is pleased to welcome the following new member to the Graduate School;

Lewis Drysdale a PhD student at SAMS has joined Theme 3.

Grant success July 2013....

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Ruth Falconer of the University of Abertay has been awarded a "Postdoctoral and Early Career Researcher Exchange grant from the Scottish Funding Council in association with SAGES for £3717.00. This grant will fund research exchange that will develop a new area relating to bacterial dynamics and soil processes building on the extensive experience in measuring bacteria-structure relationships at Michigan University and benefiting from the access that MSU members have to APS synchrotron in Chicago.

Grant success July 2013....

We are pleased to announce that Professor Andrew Hursthouse and Dr. Alexandre Gagnon of the University of the West of Scotland have been awarded a "Pools Engagement in European research" grant from the Scottish Funding Council in association with SAGES for £2,122.00. This grant will fund a workshop with European collaborators to explore opportunities for green infrastructure (GI) focused RTD projects in Horizon2020.

The Geographer Summer 2013....

The summer 2013 edition of The Geographer has been co-edited by the SAGES Director, Professor Trevor Hoey and Mike Robinson, the RSGS Chief Executive. This edition is based around the carbon theme and details SAGES work in this area. View this edition

LRG Dissertation Awards July 2013....

Former SAGES funded PhD graduate Dr. Helen Murray (SEPA) has received a dissertation prize in the category "Practical science and planning" from the Landscape Research Group for her paper on "Assessing the impact of windfarm-related disturbance on streamwater carbon, phosporous and nitrogen dynamics: A case study of the Whitelee catchments". Helen was supervised by Professor Susan Waldron (School of GeoSciences, University of Glasgow), Dr. Kate Heal (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh) & Dr. Hugh Flowers (School of Chemistry, University of Glasgow). The prize consists of £500 plus a years subscription to "Landscape Research Journal" and "Landscape Research Extra". Congratulations! Further details of the award scheme can be found on the Landscape Research website

Research Ventures Program, University of Glasgow 17-19 June 2013

SAGES members attended the Research Ventures Program alongside members of other pooling organisations. The workshop was a great success, delegates high-points included hearing from other academics who have been successful in bridging the gap between academia and industry, the course was well organised with some excellent speakers. Full program details can be found here

Graduate School New Members Summer 2013...

SAGES are pleased to welcome the following new members to the Graduate School;

Abdul Hoque a PhD student at University of Aberdeen has joined Theme 3.

James Lea a PhD student at University of Aberdeen has joined Themes 1 & 3.

Verity Flett a PhD student at University of Dundee has joined Themes 1 & 3.

David Yawson a PhD student at University of Dundee has joined Themes 1, 3 & 4.

Antony Phin a PhD student at University of Edinburgh has joined Theme 2.

Rebecca Barclay a PhD student at University of Stirling has joined Theme 1.

Angela McAvoy McClumpha a PhD student at University of Stirling has joined Themes 1 & 3.

Sibonakaliso Mpala a PhD student at University of the West of Scotland has joined Theme 4.

New Members Summer 2013...

SAGES are pleased to welcome the following new members;

Alessio Cibati a visiting Researcher at University of Abertay has joined Theme 2.

Karen Alexander a Postdoctoral Researcher at SAMS has joined Theme 4.

Aubrey Zerkle a Lecturer in Geobiology at University of St Andrews has joined Theme 3.

Christian Schroeder a Research Fellow at University of Stirling has joined Themes 2 & 3.

Richard Payne a Research Fellow at University of Stirling has joined Themes 1 & 2.

Graham Muir a Postdoctoral Research Associate at SUERC has joined Theme 3.

Brian Quinn a Lecturer in Ecotoxicology has joined Theme 3.

Grant Success - Yit Arn Teh March 2009...

Yit Arn Teh of the University of St Andrews has been awarded a £116K grant by the UK Population Biology Network (UKPopNet). If you would like more details about the project 'Biophysical drivers of methan ebullitiom in northern peatlands' please contact Yit by clicking on this link.

Biochar: An Emerging Technology for Climate Change Mitigation? February 2009...

The Scottish Centre for Carbon Storage, University of Edinburgh together with the UK Biochar Research Centre for Researchers,will be hosting a workshop and reception on 1st April 2009. To find out more and register online please click on the link Biochar: An Emerging Technology for Climate Change Mitigation

SAGES Director Prof. Tom Crowley has letter published in 'The Guardian' January 2009...

Prof. Tom Crowley has another letter published in The Guardian Newspaper on 6th January 2009, 'Science can't explain the big bang - there is still scope for a creator' Click on this link to read the full article

SAGES Director Prof. Tom Crowley has articled published in 'Nature' 08 November 2008...

Prof. Tom Crowley is the lead author in an article 'Transient nature of late Pleistocene climate variability' published in Nature 456, 226-230, Thomas. J. Crowley and William. T. Hyde. To read the complete article please follow this link

SAGES Assitant Director, Dr. Andy Kerr to give e-Science Institute Public Lecture October 2008...

Andy Kerr will give the e-Science Institute Public Lecture on the 14th November, 2008 at the Newhaven Lecture Theatre, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh, at 16.00. The title of lecture is 'Bridging the Communication Gap between Climate Change Science, Government Policy and the Needs of Society'

SAGES Director, Prof. Tom Crowley Inaugural Lecture October 2008...

The inaugural lecture of Prof. Tom Crowley is to be held on the 23rd October, 2008 in the Swann Lecture Theatre, Michael Swann Building, The Kings Buildings, University of Edinburgh at 17.15. The title of the lecture is 'Global Warming: A Geological Perspective and Societal Prospective'

SAGES Annual Meeting September 2008...

The SAGES Annual Meeting is being held in McDonald Forest Hills Hotel from Wednesday afternoon on the 17th September to midday on Friday 19th September. Details of the hotel can be found at their website. If you haven't already reserved a place please contact stephanie.west@ed.ac.uk

Grant Success August 2008.......

We are pleased to announce that Andy Kerr and David Reay have been successful in their bid to develop a new year long theme for the eScience Institute on climate change. This will involve a connected series of events, visitors and workshops exploring and seeking to bridge the "gap" between knowledge and information derived from climate change modelling/computing and it's usability by policy and business stakeholders.

Andy Kerr - Scottish Government Secondment August 2008...

As from September 2008, Andy Kerr has been seconded (part-time) into the Scottish Government's Climate Change Division to support their work on delivering the 80% emission reduction target laid out in the Scottish Climate Change Bill. If you would like further information about this or other policy related developments, please contact Andy

Geomorphology and Climate Modelling August 2008...

Information from the ad hoc meeting about geomorphology and climate modelling, which was held at the end of 2007 is now available on the CESD wiki

LWEC Launched August 2008...

Living With Environmental Change LWEC was launched in June 2008. Prof. Paul Bishop represented SAGES at the launch and will be providing a short feedback report to SAGES. The programme aims to increase resilience to and reduce the costs of environmental change. It will address environmental change in the short-term and at regional level, as well as the longer term global changes and span blue skies through to applied research.

Climate Change Adaptation Framework for Scotland August 2008...

The Scottish Government has launched a major consultation around plans to build a new Climate Change Adaptation Framework for Scotland. It invites responses from across all sectors and parts of Scotland about the strategic framework for achieving a well adapting Scotland. Responses are due by the end of October. For further information go to the Scottish Government website.

New UK Climate Adaptation Website August 2008...

The UK government has rcently launched its new climate adaptation website at DEFRA

Scottish Government Report on Climate Change Research Contribution August 2008...

The Scottish Government has publishes a report about how its main research institutes are contributing to climate change. Areas of interest to SAGES include work on soils and crops. The report can be found at Scottish Government

Grant Success July 2008...

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Alexandre Gagnon and his team at the University of West of Scotland have successfully won project funding from the Scottish Funding Council under their new £2m SPIRIT scheme for 'Bridging the Gap between Environmental research and Local Decision-Makers'. This is a one year project with a budget of £69K.

Wiki for SAGES Centre for Earth System Modelling (CESD) July 2008...

The CESD now has its own wiki, to provide information on activities in and access to CESD. The wiki includes information on CESD members; on using the CESD facilities; and other useful information such as various links to various geosciences data. Recent talks about SAGES and CESD by Richard Essery and Mike Mineter can be found here: https://wwww.wiki.ed.ac.uk/display/cesdwiki/Events

Co-leader for Theme 2 July 2008.......

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Philippe Baveye, has been appointed to replace Prof. Iain Young as co-leader of Theme 2.

Prof. Philippe Baveye given Editor's choice Award July 2008...

Congratulations to Prof. Philippe Baveye who has received the 'Editor's Choice Award' for a recent paper on Soils and Global warming: Baveye, Philippe C. 2007, Soils and runaway global warming:Terra incognita, Journal of Soil and Water conservation/62(5):139a-143. The 'Editor's Choice Award' is given annually to recognize the contribution of an author for his/her notable article appearing in the front section of the journal.

SAGES Annual Meeting June 2008...

The SAGES Annual Meeting is being held in McDonald Forest Hills Hotel from Wednesday afternoon on the 17th September to midday on Friday 19th September. Details of the hotel can be found at their website. The agenda will be sent out shortly as we are still finalising some speaker slots. If you would like to speak about your latest project please advise your Theme leader or contact us directly. We also have space/time available for poster displays and discussions, with the expectation that all SAGES existing students/post docs will deliver poster displays

SAGES Graduate School May 2008........

We are pleased to announce that 11 of the 12 SAGES studenships on offer this year have been awarded to a selection of excellent applicants. More details of their topics and supervisors can be found on the SAGES web page PhD Studentships

Dr. Mark Inall appointed Co-Leader of Theme 3 April 2008...

We would like to welcome Dr. Mark Inall, as the new co-leader for Theme 3. He and Prof. Sandy Tudhope will be taking forward this theme - most likely through an open meeting to be held later this summer to discuss strengths and links within and across the Theme as well as opportunities for future research.

Prof. Iain Young to leave the University of Abertay February 2008...

Sadly, we say farwell to Prof. Iain Young , who will be leaving the University of Abertay Dundee and heading off to Australia. Our warmest wishes go with him and we wish him every success in his new post.

Graduate School Convenor Appointed February 2008...

We are pleased to announce that Dr. William Austin, has been appointed Graduate School Convenor.

SAGES Director Prof. Tom Crowley has letter published in The Guardian December 2007...

Prof. Tom Crowley's letter 'In the short term, there'll be no major action against climate change' was published in The Guardian, on 11th December, 2007 Click to read the complete article.

Nobel Peace prize for IPCC 17th October 2007...

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with climate change campaigner Al Gore "for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change". SAGES member Gabi Hegerl co-authored a chapter of the report on "Understanding and Attributing Climate Change". Read More: [BBC]; [IPCC official site]; [Hegerl's contribution]

Simon Tett's keynote presentation to the Royal Meteorological Society 17th October 2007...

Recent SAGES appointment Simon Tett, Chair in Earth System Dynamics, presents a talk at the Royal Meteorological Society on 17th October. The Society will be holding a meeting on ‘Observing and Detecting Climate Change’, at the meeting rooms of the Zoological Society of London. This will include the Society’s 2007 Margary Lecture entitled ‘Why monitor climate?’. Professor Simon Tett (University of Edinburgh) is recognised as one of the world’s leading authorities on the quantitative analysis of models and observations of the earth’s climate. [Read the Press Release]

Grant successes for Glasgow SAGES members 16th August 2007...

John Jansen has been awarded a three-year NERC Fellowship to examine knickpoint retreat in bedrock channels in Sweden. This work addresses a key research question in SAGES Theme 1, Landscape Dynamics. [Read More]

Martin Lee, in collaboration with Earth Scientists at the Open University, has been awarded a £383k NERC Grant to research the diffusion of argon within alkali feldspars and its implications for use of alkali feldspars as a thermochronological tool. This is of key importance to SAGES Theme 1, Landscape Dynamics. [Read More]

Maggie Cusack has been awarded a BBSRC/EPSRC grant, with Dr Andy Freer of Glasgow Chemistry, to study the control of the polymorph switch from calcite to aragonite in the shells of the common blue mussel, Mytilus edulis. The research will have important implications for the use of palaeoclimate proxies in SAGES Theme 3 Atmosphere, Oceans and Climate. [Read More]

[Full list of recently awarded Grants]

Paul Bishop appointed to SISB 31st July 2007...

SAGES member Paul Bishop has been appointed for a three-year term to the Science and Innovation Strategy Board (SISB) of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). SISB is the key source of advice to NERC on science and innovation matters and for developing NERC's integrated science strategy. SAGES aims to address many of the themes, questions and issues at the heart of the new NERC strategy which will shortly be launched.

Kate Heal elected secretary of ICWQ 20th July 2007...

Kate Heal has been elected as Secretary of the International Commission on Water Quality during the recent IUGG Assembly in Perugia, Italy. The International Commission on Water Quality (ICWQ) is responsible for promoting the advancement of the water quality of hydrological systems, including assessment and management.

Grant Success 4th July 2007...

Raja Ganeshram & Laetitia Pichevin have been awarded £334k from NERC to study 'Silicic acid uptake by marine diatoms and the biological pump of carbon during glacial periods: a case study in the eastern tropical North Pacific'. This will fund the research conducted by Laetitia, who is currently a SAGES-appointed Reasearch Associate.

[Full list of recently awarded Grants]

Grant Success 26th June 2007...

Patience Cowie & Tibor Dunai have been awarded £560k from NERC or a collaborative project with Gerald Roberts (UCL-Birkbeck) and Ken McCaffrey (Durham). The project involves dating palaeoearthquakes on fault scarps in central Italy using Cl-36, using a field laser scanner (LIDAR) to characterise the fault scarp morphology, numerical modelling of earthquake fault slip, and structural field mapping. [Read More]

[Full list of recently awarded Grants]

First SAGES PhDs Appointed! 22nd June 2007...

We are pleased to welcome SAGES' first PhD students, who will begin in September 07. Nancy Burns, Cheryl Wood, Helen Murray and Audrey Wayolle will work within Theme 2 at the Universities of Edinburgh, St Andrews, Glasgow and Stirling respectively. Oliver Sus will work within the Centre for Earth System Dynamics integrative programme at the University of Edinburgh. A further 16 studentships will be appointed across all SAGES Themes in 2008.

[Full list of SAGES PhDs & project outlines]

Grant Success June 13th 2007...

David Sugden and Chris Fogwill have been awarded £465k from a NERC standard grant to study ice elevation changes in the Shackleton Range, Antarctica. [Read More]

[Full list of recently awarded Grants]

SAGES is Launched! 25th May 2007...

The Royal Society of Edinburgh lecture theatre was at capacity, as over 100 SAGES members and 40 guests descended on Edinburgh for the Launch of SAGES. SAGES members attended from all the partner institutions, and guests represented various esteemed institutions
[Read More]

SAGES Director 1st May 2007...

We are delighted to announce that Professor Tom Crowley will take up the post of Director of SAGES this summer (2007). Tom Crowley comes from the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences at Duke University, North Carolina, where he is Nicholas Professor of Earth Systems Science. [Read More]