At our recent Annual Science Meeting at SAMS, Dr John Howe, SAGES Graduate School Convenor was delighted to announce the winners of the 2015 best post-graduate research publication. The submitted papers from each theme were judged jointly by Prof Bill Austin and John, they were both struck by the superb standard and very impact of all the papers. The decision was a tough one but the following will receive a cash prize of £100 each. Very well done to everyone who submitted to this prize!

Theme 2 Winner

Hazel Long (Glasgow) et al., Hydraulics are the first-order control on CO2 efflux from fluvial systems JGR: Biogeosciences

“A significant programme of fieldwork in the UK and Amazon, producing an improved understanding of fluvial CO2 efflux”

Theme 3 Winners

Donald Slater (Edinburgh) et al. Effect of near-terminus subglacial hydrology on tidewater glacier submarine melt rates GRL

“A fantastic model study to understand the dynamics of tide water glacier termini and the role of ocean forcing on these systems.”

 Andrew Tedstone (Edinburgh) et al., Decadal slowdown of a land-terminating sector of the Greenland Ice Sheet despite warming. Nature 

“An outstanding, high-impact study of the GIS highlighting an observation of an unexpected hydrodynamic coupling. Revealing resiliance in the GIS “

Theme 4 Winner

Julen Gonzalez-Redin (James Hutton Institute) et al., Spatial Bayesian belief networks as a planning decision tool for mapping ecosystem services.

Environmental Research

“A novel, integrated approach to evaluate trade-offs between forest production and conservation measures with a nice focus on preserving biodiversity in forested habitats.”