University of St Andrews


Newsletter #8 - June 2015

Latest News and Events:


Earth Science Graduation and Prizes 2015

Robert Campbell Prize awarded

Dr Ruth Robinson awarded Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Scottish Geographical Society


Fully funded PhD position with Dr Adrian Finch


14 April 2015

Liane Benning: "How to make biominerals from nothing and why should the world care"


Useful Links

Women In Science

Equality and Diversity


REF 2014 Results

Geography and Geosciences at St Andrews is:
  • Overall: 1st in Scotland (5th in UK)
  • Outputs: 2nd in Scotland (23rd in UK)
  • Impact: 1st in Scotland (1st in UK)
  • Environment: 1st in Scotland (3rd in UK)

Earth & Environmental Sciences at St Andrews

Teaching Earth sciences at St Andrews dates to the 17th Century, a rich tradition and experience that gives us a clear educational vision: to equip and enable graduates to be competitive with the best natural scientists worldwide and to conduct exciting research at the forefront of science.

The Department is ranked consistently as one of the top UK undergraduate programmes, providing some of the highest student satisfaction surveys and with an outstanding employability record (e.g. 2nd in the UK in The Independent Complete University Guide for 2015, and 4th overall in the Times and Guardian, 2014).

Our research is both curiosity driven, addressing the profound questions about the co-evolution of Earth and life, as well as applied, with emphasis on delivering societal and economic impact. It spans the study of recent environmental change to Earth System evolution in Deep Time, all underpinned by a suite of state-of-the-art analytical and field facilities.

Contact Us:

Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences

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University of St Andrews

St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9AL

United Kingdom

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Some Recent Publications

Wang, Y, Zhao, Y, Zhang, Z, Zhao, C, Wu, X , Finch, AA & Townsend, PD 2015, ' Energy dependence of radioluminescence spectra from strontium titanate ' Journal of Luminescence , vol 166, pp. 17-21.
Cai, Y, Wang, Y , Cawood, PA , Zhang, Y & Zhang, A 2015, ' Neoproterozoic crustal growth of the Southern Yangtze Block: Geochemical and zircon U–Pb geochronological and Lu-Hf isotopic evidence of Neoproterozoic diorite from the Ailaoshan zone ' Precambrian Research , vol 266, pp. 137-149.
Yu, W, Du, Y , Cawood, PA , Xu, Y & Yang, J 2015, ' Detrital zircon evidence for the reactivation of an Early Paleozoic syn-orogenic basin along the North Gondwana margin in South China ' Gondwana Research , vol 28, no. 2, pp. 769-780.
Martin, AP , Prave, AR , Condon, DJ, Lepland, A , Fallick, AE , Romashkin, AE, Medvedev, PV & Rychanchik, DV 2015, ' Multiple Palaeoproterozoic carbon burial episodes and excursions ' Earth and Planetary Science Letters , vol 424, pp. 226-236.
Yang, J , Siebert, C, Barling, J , Savage, P , Liang, Y-H & Halliday, AN 2015, ' Absence of molybdenum isotope fractionation during magmatic differentiation at Hekla volcano, Iceland ' Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta , vol 162, pp. 126-136.
Spencer, CJ, Thomas, RJ, Roberts, NMW , Cawood, PA , Millar, I & Tapster, S 2015, ' Crustal growth during island arc accretion and transcurrent deformation, Natal Metamorphic Province, South Africa: new isotopic constraints ' Precambrian Research , vol 265, pp. 203-217.
Dhuime, B , Wuestefeld, A & Hawkesworth, CJ 2015, ' Emergence of modern continental crust about 3 billion years ago ' Nature Geoscience , vol 8, no. 7, pp. 552-555.
Schneider, L, Smerdon, JE, Büntgen, U , Wilson, RJS , Myglan, VS, Kirdyanov, AV & Esper, J 2015, ' Revising midlatitude summer temperatures back to A.D. 600 based on a wood density network ' Geophysical Research Letters , vol 42, no. 11, pp. 4556-4562.
Hu, L , Cawood, PA , Du, Y, Yang, J & Jiao, L 2015, ' Late paleozoic to early mesozoic provenance record of paleo-pacific subduction beneath South China ' Tectonics , vol 34, no. 5, pp. 986-1008.
Wood, RA, Poulton, SW , Prave, AR , Hoffmann, K-H, Clarkson, MO, Guilbaud, R, Lyne, JW, Tostevin, R, Bowyer, F, Penny, AM, Curtis, A & Kasemann, SA 2015, ' Dynamic redox conditions control late Ediacaran metazoan ecosystems in the Nama Group, Namibia ' Precambrian Research , vol 261, pp. 252-271.
Shumlyanskyy, L , Hawkesworth, C , Dhuime, B , Billström, K, Claesson, S & Storey, C 2015, ' 207 Pb/ 206 Pb ages and Hf isotope composition of zircons from sedimentary rocks of the Ukrainian shield: Crustal growth of the south-western part of East European craton from Archaean to Neoproterozoic ' Precambrian Research , vol 260, pp. 39-54.
Liu, H, Wang, Y , Cawood, PA , Fan, W, Cai, Y & Xing, X 2015, ' Record of Tethyan ocean closure and Indosinian collision along the Ailaoshan suture zone (SW China) ' Gondwana Research , vol 27, no. 3, pp. 1292-1306.
Verfaillie, D, Favier, V, Dumont, M, Jomelli, V, Gilbert, A, Brunstein, D, Gallée, H , Rinterknecht, V , Menegoz, M & Frenot, Y 2015, ' Recent glacier decline in the Kerguelen Islands (49°S, 69°E) derived from modeling, field observations, and satellite data ' Journal of Geophysical research - Earth Surface , vol 120, no. 3, pp. 637-654.
Burdett, HL , Hatton, AD & Kamenos, NA 2015, ' Effects of reduced salinity on the photosynthetic characteristics and intracellular DMSP concentrations of the red coralline alga, Lithothamnion glaciale ' Marine Biology .
Smith, O, Momber, G , Bates, CR , Garwood, P, Fitch, S, Pallen, M, Gaffney, V & Allaby, RG 2015, ' Sedimentary DNA from a submerged site reveals wheat in the British Isles 8000 years ago ' Science , vol 347, no. 6225, pp. 998-1001.
Martínez-Botí, MA, Marino, G, Foster, GL, Ziveri, P, Henehan, MJ , Rae, JWB , Mortyn, PG & Vance, D 2015, ' Boron isotope evidence for oceanic carbon dioxide leakage during the last deglaciation ' Nature , vol 518, no. 7538, pp. 219-22.
Hu, L , Cawood, PA , Du, Y, Xu, Y, Xu, W & Huang, H 2015, ' Detrital records for Upper Permian-Lower Triassic succession in the Shiwandashan Basin, South China and implication for Permo-Triassic (Indosinian) orogeny ' Journal of Asian Earth Sciences , vol 98, pp. 152-166.
Slater, LJE , Singer, MB & Kirchner, J 2015, ' Hydrologic versus geomorphic drivers of trends in flood hazard ' Geophysical Research Letters , vol 42, no. 2, pp. 370-376.
Kirschvink, JL, Isozaki, Y, Shibuya, H, Otofuji, Y-I , Raub, TD , Hilburn, IA, Kasuya, T, Yokoyama, M & Bonifacie, M 2015, ' Challenging the sensitivity limits of paleomagnetism: magnetostratigraphy of weakly magnetized Guadalupian-Lopingian (Permian) limestone from Kyushu, Japan ' Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology , vol 418, pp. 75-89.
Zhu, D-C, Li, S-M , Cawood, PA , Wang, Q, Zhao, Z-D, Liu, S-A & Wang, L-Q 2015, ' Assembly of the Lhasa and Qiangtang terranes in central Tibet by divergent double subduction ' Lithos , vol In press.