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# Prof Phil Gibbard awarded the Digby McClaren Medal

At the international STRATI 2019 Congress in Milano, Italy, Professor Phil Gibbard was awarded the prestigious Digby McClaren Medal by the International Union of Geological Sciences' International Commission on Stratigraphy on 4 July 2019.

The Digby McLaren Medal is awarded to honour a significant body of internationally important contributions to stratigraphy sustained over a number of years. The medal is named in honour of the Canadian geologist Digby McLaren who was so influential in developing the key "golden spike" concept of a Global Stratotype Section and Point (GSSP) with reference to the Silurian - Devonian boundary, and a major force behind the International Geological Correlation Program (IGCP) of UNESCO.

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# European mushrooms are darker in cold climates

A new paper by Professor Ulf Buentgen and team has established that European mushroom assemblages are darker in cold climates, and that the reasons for this are not just to manage heat. Because mushrooms play a crucial role in terrestrial carbon and nutrient cycles, understanding the links between the thermal environment, functional coloration and species' geographical distributions will be critical in predicting ecosystem responses to global warming.

# Cambridge Geography celebrates 100 years

On Saturday 29 June 2019 over 500 alumni and their guests returned to Cambridge for a fantastic (if hot!) afternoon of exhibitions, talks and afternoon tea. It was wonderful to see over 73 years of Cambridge Geographers represented to mark 100 years of the undergraduate tripos.

# Geography Open Day - Thursday 4 July and Friday 5 July

On Thursday 4 July and Friday 5 July the Department will be taking part in the University of Cambridge Undergraduate Open Days.

A full timetable of activities is now online.

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# NERC Resist wins best video at the RGS's Earth Photo exhibition

Many congratulations to Dr Iris Moeller and all the NERC RESIST team for winning best video at the RGS Earth Photo 2019.

# Imagining Islands at the UL

To mark 100 years of Cambridge Geography, the University Library is exhibiting books from the Department's rare books collection. Entitled 'Imagining Islands: Images of Island Exploration in Early Modern Travel Narratives', it explores depictions of exploration in 17th and 18th century travel books. The exhibition is on until 29th July 2019.

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# Energy, Culture and Society in the Global South

Dr Charlotte Lemanski gave the keynote lecture related to her recent research on 'Infrastructural Citizenship' at the CRASSH workshop on 'Energy, Culture and Society in the Global South'. The workshop was coordinated by PhD students from Cambridge and SOAS, and brought together doctoral students and early-career scholars to discuss the connections between energy and economic/social/cultural/political developments.

# I am a denier: a human extinction denier

In a new blog post, Professor Mike Hulme explores the rhetoric of extinction and emergency in climate politics and argues that this does not accurately reflect the situation of climate change.

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# Urban Energy and Housing in Africa and India

An inter-disciplinary workshop on 'Urban Energy and Housing in Africa and India' was hosted at CRASSH last week, to mark the end of Dr Charlotte Lemanski's British Academy Cities and Infrastructure Programme research project on 'Energy innovation for low-cost housing'

The workshop included speakers from a wide range of disciplines (engineering, physics, architecture, geography, politics, urban studies, climate science) to discuss the current and future parameters on inter-disciplinary work related to energy, urban development and housing in the global South. The workshop was co-organised by Dr Lemanski and Dr Haque.

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# Vacancy: Lecturer in Geography

The Department of Geography wishes to appoint a University Lecturer with interests in interdisciplinary teaching and research relating to the geographies of environmental risk. The successful candidate will hold a PhD in Geography or a cognate subject, will show evidence of high quality research publications and have a proven record of winning research grants. They will have strong teaching experience and will play a central role in launching and delivering two new Masters programmes, on Anthropocene Studies and Holocene Climates, from October 2020, including co-ordinating a new graduate course on inter-disciplinary theories and concepts. They will contribute, as appropriate, to the academic administration of the Department and the University.

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