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What’s in a Name
A Researcher in the Department has won an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship to study the geography and ethnicity of people’s names.
Endangered Plant Discovery Could Signal Climate Change
A team from the Department’s ECRC (Environmental Change Research Centre) has found a new example of a rare and endangered plant in a Welsh lake, it has just been confirmed
From Dust to Dust: an Award-Winning Paper
Departmental Reader wins an award from the Environmental Research Letters journal for his paper on how dust from the Sahara ends up in the Amazon.
Dissolved organic carbon trends explained
Don Monteith, a Senior Research Fellow in the department, has published a Letter in this week's Nature (22nd November) discussing the causes of rising levels of Dissolved Organic Carbon in surface waters.
UCL undergraduate geographers in Tunisia
Ray Harris and Russell Hitchings, aided by Lauren Wagner, led a third year undergraduate field course to Tunisia this November
New theory of Human evolution
Professor Mark Maslin and Dr Beth Christensen have edited a special issue of the Journal of Human Evolution which focuses on the connections between African palaeoclimates and early human evolution.
Department Wins Grant To Study Past Climate Event
Head of Department Mark Maslin has won a NERC QUEST grant of £650 thousand to study an ancient climate event.
Fifty Years of Geography
Former UCL Geographers held a reunion fifty years after they first entered the Department as undergraduates in 1957.
Towards a Better Bus System
The Department’s Professor Alan Gilbert was in Bogota to advise on its rapid bus system.
The Fawcett Fellowships – Support for School Teachers
Two school geography teachers have started on the Fawcett Fellowships that fund teachers on a 4-month stay in the department to refresh their knowledge in their subject.
Ice Ice Baby
The Head of Department, Professor Mark Maslin, has just returned from a unique expedition to the High Arctic, where he helped 12 young people from around the world understand climate change during a sailing trip to Svarlbad in Norway, where they made arts and science projects to help raise awareness of what climate change is doing to the region.
Department Student Wins Top Essay Prize
Graduate student Angela Self of UCL Environmental Change Research Centre (UCL ECRC) has scooped first prize in the 2007 Wellcome Trust and ‘New Scientist’ science essay competition.
At Home and Away Development and the Diaspora
Dr Ben Page has drawn up a list of recommendations to help UK-based African Community groups develop their home towns.
The GRAPHIC Initiative
Richard Taylor has joined a panel of international experts examining the impacts of climate change and development on groundwater resources
Mapping France
Emeritus Professor Hugh Clout delivered the keynote speech at the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France
Geography of the Young
A book co-edited by the Department’s Dr Ruth Panelli is out now.
Perspectives on Tall Buildings in London
Two Department members spoke at a conference tracing the history of tall buildings in London. Dr Richard Dennis’s paper recalled ‘Babylonian flats in Victorian London’, and Dr Andrew Harris‘s addressed ‘The High-rise Battle of Bankside’.
UCL Geography in NERC Science Highlights
Investigations into measuring forest growth from space, led by Dr Lewis in collaporation with the NERC Centre for Terrestrial Carbon Dynamics, have been listed amongst the twenty climate change science highlights in the NERC 2006-07 annual review.
Egypt's Global Warning
Fieldwork by Roger Flower and Kevin Keatings investigating the effects of environmental change in ancient Egypt will be shown on a documentary for the TV Discovery Channel. The film will reveal new research into the reason for the downfall of Egypt's ancient civilization
Landscape, Heritage and Memory
Professor Emeritus David Lowenthal has delivered a series of lectures in the U.S this month on cultural memory. He has also had a number of works published recently, including a paper entitled 'Islands, Lovers, and Others'.