Theses rush at The Open University

Hi palaeo-people!!

Alice Kennedy (far right) celebrating post-viva examination.
Alice Kennedy (far right) celebrating post-viva examination.

It is been a while since the Milton Keynes’s part of the group have manifested in the blog. The main reason is that we have been a bit busy basically…submitting theses!!!!

So this very short post is to congratulate Hayley Keen, Frazer Bird and Alice Kennedy for their recent handing in during the last two months and to celebrate that we have a new doctor in the group!!! Alice defended her thesis on 14th May, having as tribunal Prof. John Marshall (Southampton), Dr Phil Sexton (Open University) and Dr Sarah Sherlock (Open University). Next viva will be Hayley’s on 28th May (exam panel: Dr Dunia Urrego [Exeter], Prof. David Gowing [Open University], and Dr Mark Brandon [Open University]). Frazer will be defending his research next 25th June in front of Dr Pete Langdon (Southampton), Dr Neil Edwards (Open University), and Dr Sarah Sherlock (Open University).

Well done guys, this has been hard work and we are sure that your projects will have amazing contributions to high quality research!

An early start for the Panama land bridge

Hoorn, C. & Flantua, S.G.A. (2015) An early start for the Panama land bridge. Science 348, 186-187.

Pollen morphology of Sabinaria magnifica (Cryosophileae, Coryphoideae, Arecaceae)

Bogota, G., Hoorn, C., Star, W., Langelaan, R., Banks, H., Galeano, G., Bernal,R. (2015) Pollen morphology of Sabinaria magnifica (Cryosophileae, Coryphoideae, Arecaceae). Phytotaxa 207, online.

The impact of oxidation on spore and pollen chemistry

Published open access:

Jardine, P.E., Fraser, W.T., Lomax, B.H. & Gosling, W.D. (2015) The impact of oxidation on spore and pollen chemistry. Journal of Micropalaeontology, online.

Andean bear

Palaeoenvironment

Bear-zoomOn our first field day three of the XPERT team (Valerie, Barry and Sarah) claim  they saw an Andean or spectacled bear (Tremarctos ornatus) in the paramo of the Cayambe-Coca National Park… Valerie did manage to provided some supporting evidence in the way photos.

An Andean bear, or a black dog? An Andean bear, or a black dog? (photo: van den Bos)

For more information on Andean bears visit: Andean bear foundation

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Boren in het Uddelermeer

Stefan Engels
Stefan Engels

University of Amsterdam Palaeoecology & Landscape Ecology researcher Stefan Engels explains his research into the fossil record from Lake Uddelermeer on Vroege Vogels, to watch Stefan in action visit: Boren in het Uddelermeer.