Geography at Cambridge - news 2014-04-19T20:46:48+01:00 Three lectureship posts 2014-04-10T00:00:00+01:00 The Department is currently advertising three lectureship posts - University Lecturer in Coastal Processes, and two University Lecturer in Human Geography posts. Professor Phil Gibbard awarded the André Dumont Medal 2014-04-05T00:00:00+01:00 Professor Phil Gibbard was awarded the André Dumont Medal by Geologica Belgica, the Belgian national geological society, on 1 April 2014 in Ghent. The medal was presented in recognition of Phil's achievements in Quaternary Geology. Geography graduate students win top two prizes at prestigious conference 2014-03-28T00:00:00+00:00 Graduate students in the Department of Geography have won the top two prizes for presentations at the 2014 Student Conference in Conservation Science. Maria Nube Szephegyi, a Uruguayan student who is a Masters in Conservation Leadership student, won First Prize for her talk describing how she combined years of good science with committed leadership to improve understanding and conservation of the Franciscana dolphin. Lauren Evans, a PhD student, won Second Prize for her talk about fence-breaking behaviour among elephants in Kenya. We congratulate them both! More calories from fewer sources means more profit and less nutrition 2014-03-25T00:00:00+00:00 David Nally published a column in The Conversation on the rapid narrowing of global food sources and its consequences for human, animal and ecological health. Doran Lecture 2014-03-17T00:00:00+00:00 On 18 March 2014, Dr Bhaskar Vira will deliver the seventh lecture of the Doran Fund Annual Lecture Series, hosted by The Faculty of Social Sciences at the Hebrew University Jerusalem. The subject of the lecture is: 'Boundaries, thresholds and limits: exploring the political economy of population, resources and development in the 21st century'. The D.B. Doran Fund in Population, Resources and Economic Development has provided generous support for the annual lecture. The lecture is associated with the Glocal Community-Development Studies programme, which is a new MA program at the Faculty of Social Science, providing tools for the effective translation of academic perspectives into practical know-how conducive to work with communities across the globe. Cambridge Literary Festival 2014-03-14T00:00:00+00:00 On April 5th, 2014 Dr. David Nally will take part in a panel discussion at the Cambridge Literary Festival on the subject of 'global food security'. He will be joined by with Ottoline Leyser, Director of the Sainsbury Laboratory, and Lizzie Collingham, historian and author of The Taste of War. The conversation will take place in the Winstanley Lecture Theatre from 4-5pm. Julian Dowdeswell awarded the IASC Medal for 2014 2014-02-27T00:00:00+00:00 Julian Dowdeswell has been awarded the IASC Medal for 2014 by the International Arctic Science Committee 'as a World leader in the field of Arctic glaciology'. The committee also highlighted Prof. Dowdeswell's outreach and communication activities which have been instrumental for public understanding of Arctic change. The full citation for the award is on the IASC website. Prof. Jon Harbor: Reconstructing spatial & temporal patterns of past glaciation of the Tibetan Plateau, Tian Shan, & Altai Mountains using geomorphic mapping & cosmogenic radionuclide dating 2014-02-18T00:00:00+00:00 Prof. Jon Harbor, Purdue University, Lafayette, Illinois, will be speaking on Thursday February 20th on the subject of "Reconstructing spatial & temporal patterns of past glaciation of the Tibetan Plateau, Tian Shan, & Altai Mountains using geomorphic mapping & cosmogenic radionuclide dating". Overtopping not river bank failure 2014-02-17T00:00:00+00:00 The Department's Dr Tom Spencer, and others from the British Society for Geomorphology, have written to The Times to highlight the important role of geomorphology in understanding the current storms and floods (14 February 2014): 'Sir, your vivid front page aerial image of the Thames flooding ("water world', Feb 11) shows the severity of the situation and the consequences of the recent weather. However, to say that "the Thames burst its banks" is not correct. Rivers do occasionally burst through embankments but in British rivers when there is too much water for the channel to contain, the channel is overtopped and water spills onto the floodplain. This is not just semantics but rather, as geomorphologists know, it is key to understanding what solutions to the problem will eventually be needed, because dredging cannot provide channels large enough to contain the amount of water being rained upon us. Ken Gregory, Heather Viles, David Sear, Steve Darby and Tom Spencer British Society for Geomorphology'. Professor Paul Robbins, Distinguished International Fellow in Cambridge February 10-14 2014-02-05T00:00:00+00:00 Professor Paul Robbins, Director of the Nelson Institute at the University of Madison-Wisconsin, will be visiting us from February 10th-14th. Paul is the Department's first Distinguished International Fellow. He brings with him a wealth of expertise in the field of political ecology. He is the author of the analysis of the ecology of suburban American lawns in his book Lawn People: How Grasses, Weeds, and Chemicals Make Us Who We Are, in which he famously asked "how did the needs of grass come to be my own?". During his week long visit, he will be giving a departmental seminar, an early career researcher seminar, and a public lecture, as well as interacting with researchers.