On Thursday March 14th a few of the Isotope and Cosmochemistry research group traveled down in the very early hours of the day to The Open University in Milton Keynes to attend the Geochemistry Group Research in Progress Meeting.
Nat Curran, Lisa Jepson and I presented research posters. Mine and Nat’s posters were on the work we hope to complete throughout our PhD. Nat’s PhD research is on the cosmic ray exposure record in lunar meteorites. My research is on the timing of volcano-ice interactions and deglaciation in Iceland.
Whereas Lisa’s poster presented some data and results of her work on the Mid Ocean Ridge Basalt (MORB)-like halogen signature in basalts of the Azores. There was a lot of interest in all of the posters presented as there was a wide range of topics covered ranging from work on the lunar regolith to crystal production in magma chambers on Earth. The entrants were mostly PhD students and post-doctorates as well as a couple of undergraduate students undertaking their master’s degree.
As well as posters being exhibited there were 4 groups of talks given. Each section of talks also had a keynote speaker, someone well established in their field, presenting work on their research. The first keynote speaker was John Maclennan from University of Cambridge who does a lot of research in the magmatic studies of Iceland and general research on the Earth’s mantle. The talks were roughly grouped into their field area. The first group was based around studies of the Earth’s mantle. This first group included Michael Broadley who is a 2nd year PhD student in our research group. He spoke about the mantle origin of xenoliths taken from the Western Antarctica Rift System. Michael’s work is to see if evidence can be found to suggest there is a plume underneath the rift system and whether or not previous subduction delivered volatiles into the mantle using noble gases and halogens as tracers.
The second group was a mix of talks based on isotopic tracers based on modern geological systems, for example “The seasonal elemental variation in tropical rivers in Goa India” presented by Chris Hibbert of Birkbeck University of London. The third group was research all based on cosmochemistry such as “The lunar volatile budget” presented by Nicola Potts from The Open University. The fourth and final group was on organic ocean isotopes, like “The Norwegian Sea during the last glacial cycle: insights from radiogenic isotopes” by Torben Struve from Imperial College London. Each group of talks was broken up with a break, a chance for people to look at the posters presented and talk to the students and lecturers about their research.
The day ended with four prizes being handed out for students (undergraduate or PhD) giving the best presentation. Two prizes for the two best talks and two prizes for the two best posters.
Michael was one of the students to win for the talk he gave on his work and he was awarded £150! After the prize giving the evening finished with a wine reception which allowed everyone to socialize and talk more with people about their work. It was a long but interesting and successful day.