The main reason for setting up this website was to try and collate all of my blogging into one place. I write about a fairly eclectic mix of geological and science-themed topics, primarily for two blogs:
Bristol Earth Science PhD students tell it as it is..
I co-founded this blog with the brilliant @eamrobertson as a way of moving our science and PhD chats away from the common room and into the public domain. We now have five contributors and are featured on the School of Earth Sciences website, although we very much value our autonomy and present an honest perspective of PhD life. We also post on the EGU Blog Newtork.
The blog of the Avon RIGS (Regionally Important Geological Sites) group
The Avon RIGS group forms part of the UK-wide RIGS network, whose remit is to “promote local ‘Geo’ sites for education and public benefit”. I sit on the committee of the Avon RIGS group who comprise local government workers and volunteers. The blog features news, research, events and field guides to local outcrops.
Contributing to these two different blogs gives me a pretty open remit on what I write about. Some of the things I’ve posted about so far include:
- Recycling and renewable energy – UK recycling rates missing the target; From landfill to jet fuel; HGVs – Henceforth Gas Vehicles?; Plastic packaging: a horror film
- Igneous and experimental petrology – The geology of Ailsa Craig; From rocks to riches; A journey to the centre of the Earth; How to make a rock (in 60 seconds)
- Bristol’s urban geology – Thrusting under our noses; The Building Stones of Clifton; Temple Meads station
- Field guides – Middle Hope, Kewstoke; Brandon Hill
- Geology and history – San Andreas Fault; Myth and Legend in the Shropshire Hills; The Bristol ‘Tsunami‘; The Hotwells Spring
- Geoconservation and policy – interviews with the South Glous. Ecologist and Bristol’s Woodland & Wildlife Officer; Why Shropshire should be #1
- PhD life and resources – Apps to make writing your thesis easier; AGU Fall Meeting 2013 conference diary
- Academia and careers – The afterlife of the party; Why do an Earth Sciences PhD?
- Media – Abbreviated science; Armchair geology; Desert Island Books