# Professorship of Geography (1993) and Professorship of Environmental Systems Analysis
29th November, 2015
The Board of Electors to the Professorship of Geography (1993) and the Professorship of Environmental Systems Analysis invite applications for these two Professorships, to take up appointment as soon as possible. Candidates will have a high international reputation; a visionary agenda for world-leading research in the environmental sciences; and demonstrable ability to energise research and teaching across the Department of Geography and wider University environment.
# David Stoddart Memorial Dinner
26th November, 2015
On 21st November, 39 guests attended a dinner that was held in St John's College to commemorate the life and work of David Ross Stoddart (1937-2014), the well-known geographer, geomorphologist and conservationist. David Stoddart was a former student of the Department who, after his Ph.D on the coral reefs and cays of Belize, went on to a distinguished career as a Lecturer in Cambridge and, after 1988, as the Professor of Geography at Berkeley, University of California. At the memorial dinner the various facets of his life were remembered by members of his family, friends, colleagues and former students, in particular his huge contributions to coral reef and island studies in the Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Pacific, his key role in the conservation of Aldabra Atoll, south west Indian Ocean, and his fieldwork with our students on the salt marshes on East Anglia. Many of the lines of research pioneered in Cambridge by Alfred Steers (1899-1987) were taken further by David Stoddart, and they are continued today in the work of the Cambridge Coastal Research Unit (Director Dr Tom Spencer, Deputy Director Dr Iris Möller).
# Cambridge ESS NERC DTP PhD studentships
25th November, 2015
Cambridge Earth System Science NERC Doctoral Training Partnership provides PhD opportunities across the NERC remit with research projects tackling problems of global significance within the research themes of Climate, Biology and Solid Earth. Projects are now being advertised. Applicants from the UK and EU are eligible to apply. The deadline is Wednesday, 6 January 2016.
# PhD Project - The Political Ecology of Trees and Birds in Ghana
19th November, 2015
# Phil Gibbard appointed Secretary-General of the International Commission on Stratigraphy
9th November, 2015
Quaternary geologist Professor Phil Gibbard has been invited to take up the prestigious post of Secretary-General of the International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS). The post, which was announced on Saturday 7 November, is initially for four years for the period 2016-2020.
The ICS is the largest and oldest constituent scientific body in the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS). Its primary objective is to define precisely global divisions (systems, series and stages) of the International Geological Time Scale; thus setting global standards for the fundamental scale for expressing Earth history.
# Physical Geography / Environmental Science PhD Opportunities 2016
9th November, 2015
Physical Geography / Environmental Science PhD topics to start October 2016 are advertised on the Cambridge Earth System Science Doctoral Training Programme website. Members of the Geography Department / SPRI have projects advertised across all three themes of Climate, Biology and Solid Earth. Further general information about the application procedure is available.
# Professor AbdouMaliq Simone: Distinguished Visitor
1st November, 2015
Professor AbdouMaliq Simone is the Department's Distinguished International Fellow, November 2015. He will be giving a public lecture: The fugitives - blackness as urban method on Wednesday 4th November, and a seminar on Tuesday 3rd November.
# Four Professors retire
30th October, 2015
On 27th October, the Department celebrated the careers of four immensely distinguished senior colleagues reaching retirement this Autumn: Professors Tim Bayliss-Smith, Ron Martin, Bob Haining and Hans Graf. Present and former academic colleagues gathered for dinner in Queen's College Old Hall (including five former Heads of Department, and our senior member, A. T. (Dick) Grove, who started his teaching career in Cambridge no less than 66 years ago), to discuss how to cope without them. Keith Richards proposed the toast, celebrating their research in poetical form.
His four Haiku are below: the challenge is to identify who is who (Keith vetoed also placing the limericks in the public domain)!
Paths, trends, waves and shocks;
Competing regions and places;
Nature, hot and cold;
People hunt, herd, farm, cut wood,
Volcanoes, plumes, ash;
Updrafts, nimbus, and downpours;
Time-space process; crime and health.
# Matthew Gandy elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences
30th October, 2015
Matthew Gandy has been elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in recognition of his role as "an internationally renowned interdisciplinary researcher in cultural, environmental and urban geography."
# PhD project - The political ecology of trees and birds in Ghana
21st October, 2015
A new PhD studentship with Department of Geography and RSPB is being advertised.