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Marie Curie PhD Fellows 2023

The Department invites applications for 2 Marie Curie PhD Fellows in 2023. This post is funded by UKRI through a scheme intended to promote international mobility of researchers. As a result, we can only consider candidates who have resided and carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) outside the UK for at least 24 months in the 36 months immediately before their recruitment date. Candidates must not have previously completed a doctoral degree.
Calman Building

Researchers find eruption date of ancient German volcano possibly wrong by 130 years

In a new study, leading scientists have revealed that the new high precision radiocarbon-based date set for Laacher See volcano eruption of 13,000 years before present is probably not correct.

Professor Jon Gluyas elected President-designate of The Geological Society

Congratulations to Professor Jon Gluyas who has been elected as President-designate of the world’s oldest geological society.
Professor Jon Gluyas with white hair, beard and glasses stands in front of an old wooden door in red and black academic robes.

Re-energising Ukraine - opportunities and possibilities

Professor Jon Gluyas, from the Durham Energy Institute, spoke at the Invest4Ukraine Forum, which took place in London this June. The Invest4Ukraine Forum highlights the opportunities available to invest in Ukrainian entrepreneurs and funds. Here Jon shares his analysis of the opportunities and possibilities for re-energizing Ukraine’s energy system.
An image of Professor Jon Gluyas

Fully funded studentship for 4 years

Nuclear Waste Services fully funded studentship for 4 years
LA-ICP-MS elemental maps

Durham undergraduates survive sea survival training

Two Durham geophysics undergraduates, have successfully completed a sea survival training course.
Student wearing sea survival gear in the water

Oldest fossils of mysterious animal group are actually seaweeds

A leading scientist from our Department of Earth Sciences has collaborated with researchers in China to reveal that a group of prehistoric sea creatures is not as ancient as we thought - their earliest fossils are actually seaweeds.
Fossils seaweed


The 2023 Jean Baptiste Lamarck Medal is awarded to David A. T. Harper in recognition of his outstanding work on the evolution and biostratigraphy of Lower Paleozoic invertebrate faunas, as well as his important contributions to quantitative palaeontology education.
David A. T. Harper

Ancient fossils shed new light on evolution of sea worm

Ancient fossils have shed new light on a type of sea worm linking it to the time of an evolutionary explosion that gave rise to modern animal life.
A 515 million year old fossil of a sea worm

IAPETUS2 Doctoral Training Programme

Available studentships for the 2023/24 cohort will be added here throughout September, October and November 2022. Applications will open early November 2022.
A mountain

Gender Equality Silver Award Success

The Department of Earth Sciences has recently been awarded an Athena SWAN Silver award.
Diversity Initiatives balloons

NERC's Ocean-Bottom Instrumentation Facility

The Facility has, funded by the NERC's URGENCY scheme, just deployed a set of six ocean-bottom seismographs around the islands of the Azores
OBS deployment