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IAS suppport for Dario

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Congratulations to Dario Harazim for his recent success in getting financial support from the International Association of Sedimentologists. 

Dario is using the funds to support his research into the comparative biogeochemistry of bioturbated and unbioturbated mustones.  And probably some synaeresis cracks as well if I know Dario

Dr. Alex Liu

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As part of the little spate of Ph.D. completions, I am very pleased to congratulate Dr. Alex Liu on the successful defence of his thesis. His thesis was examined by Dr. Soren Jensen, it apparently all went very smoothly and all parties seem to have enjoyed the experience, which is always a good sign.

Alex has a position at Cambridge University as a fellow of Girton College to go to.  I hope he will continue to come and visit us and continue to make progress on the Ediacaran biotas of Avalonia.  Very well done Alex.

Congratultions Dr. Garton

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I am very pleased to congratulate Dr. Michael Garton on completion of his Ph.D.

Michael was my first Ph.D. student. I have enjoyed my interactions with Michael ovet the last (ahem) eleven years or so, mostly over the pipe rock in Scotland. Michael is very much a friend of the group, and has joined us in fieldwork in the UK, and Spain.
I am looking forward to a long ongoing association with Michael without the spectre of "the thesis" hanging over our shoulders.

The collaboration with Michael has been very successful, with four papers already published or in press and several more in the pipes (if you will excuse the pun)

Ichnofabric workshop

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The ichnology group recently had a good showing at the XI International Ichnofabric Workshop in Asturias run by: 

Francisco Rodríguez-Tovar (University of Granada) and J.Carlos. García-Ramos (Scientific Director MUJA and University of Oviedo) with the help of the amazingly organised and hard working  Laura Piñuela and José Ignacio Ruiz-Omeñaca (MUJA and University of Oviedo).


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From left to right: 
Mary Leaman (MSc candidate); Nikki Tonkin (Ph.D. candidate); Dr. Liam Herringshaw (former postdoc and ongoing collaborator); Dr. Richard Callow (Postdoc); Dr. Michael Garton (just completed his Ph.D.); Małgorzata Bednarz aka Czarrna (Ph.D. Candidate); Dr. Helen Goodchild (hanger on and friend of ichnology); Dr. Duncan McIlroy.


Dr. Phillips

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Congratulations to Dr. Chris Phillips on the successful defence of his thesis in February (the article I wrote at the time seems to have gone awol.

Chris' examiners were Prof. Luis Buatois (Saskatchewan), Prof. Sam Bentley (Louisiana State University) and Dr. Joe MacQuaker (MUN).  Chris gave a good showing of his work, and completed all his corrections in time for May Convocation.  Chris has two papers in print and another in progress, arising from his thesis.  He is currently employed by the Geological Survey of Newfoundland and Labrador, mapping on Random Island in Trinity Bay. 

We also recently discovered that Chris has a lookalike in Henry Stewart Edgell 1927-2010  (have a look at