Geography at Cambridge - news 2015-11-29T19:24:30+00:00 Professorship of Geography (1993) and Professorship of Environmental Systems Analysis 2015-11-29T00:00:00+00:00 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 2015-11-26T00:00:00+00:00 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 2015-11-25T00:00:00+00:00 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 2015-11-19T00:00:00+00:00 A new PhD studentship with Department of Geography and RSPB is being advertised. The deadline for applications has been extended to 7 December 2015. Read more … Phil Gibbard appointed Secretary-General of the International Commission on Stratigraphy 2015-11-09T00:00:00+00:00 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 2015-11-09T00:00:00+00:00 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 2015-11-01T00:00:00+00:00 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 2015-10-30T00:00:00+00:00 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; W(h)ither policy....? Nature, hot and cold; People hunt, herd, farm, cut wood, Use ecosystems. Volcanoes, plumes, ash; Updrafts, nimbus, and downpours; Sub-grid processes. Mapping, modelling Time-space process; crime and health. Action Geography! Matthew Gandy elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences 2015-10-30T00:00:00+00:00 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 2015-10-21T00:00:00+01:00 A new PhD studentship with Department of Geography and RSPB is being advertised.