Past Lectures

Session 2015-2016
Session 2014-2015
Session 2013-2014
Session 2012-2013
Session 2011-2012
 

Session 2016-2017

13th October 2016
Professor Rachel Wood, Chair of Carbonate Geoscience, University of Edinburgh
The Great Dying: what happened 250 million years ago?
 
10th November 2016
Professor Ian Fairchild, Professor of Geosystems, University of Birmingham
Cave deposits (speleothems) as archives of past environments and climates
 
8th December 2016
Professor Tony Fallick, Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre
Planet Earth’s mid-life crisis: carbon isotopes, concretions and the “Great Oxidation Event”
 
12th January 2017
Dr Stephen Brusatte, Chancellor's Fellow, University of Edinburgh
Scotland’s Jurassic Park: the Isle of Skye and new fossil discoveries by the PalAlba group
 
9th February 2017
Dr Diarmad Campbell, British Geological Survey
Making better use of the ground beneath our cities; the Glasgow experience is that it helps to  ASK...
 
9th March 2017
Dr Derek Fabel, University of Glasgow
Extremely rare isotope metrology @ SUERC (Scottish Universities Environment Research Centre)
 
20th April 2017.
Professor John Parnell, School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen
An alternative fossil record: evidence for a deep biosphere in Scotland’s past
 
11th May 2017
Members' Night
 
 

Session 2015-2016

8th October 2015
Dr John Mendum, BGS Edinburgh
Problems of Highland geology, past and present
 
12th November 2015
Professor John Cope, National Museum of Wales
T. Neville George Medal lecture
Redrawing the geological map of South Wales
 
10th December 2015
AGM and lecture
Dr Brian Bell, University of Glasgow
Presidential address: Palaeogene magmatism in the British Isles: recent advances and current thinking
 
14th January 2016
Dr Jim Morrison, GSG Meetings Secretary 1990-2015
A quarter century of society meetings and lectures (Sessions 133-157)
 
11th February 2016
Professor Stephen Hesselbo, Cambourne School of Mines
Joint Celebrity Lecture with Edinburgh Geological Society
Rhythms of the Jurassic
 
10th March 2016
Dr David Brown, Dr Daniel Koehn and students, University of Glasgow
The Glasgow University Tanzania expedition: the volcanology, tectonics and carbonatites of the East African Rift
 
14th April 2016
Professor Tim Lenton, University of Exeter
Revolutions that made the Earth
 
12th May 2016
Members’ Night
 
 

Session 2014-2015

9th October 2014
Dr Peter Treloar, Kingston University
Minerals - from mines to mountains
 
13th November 2014
Dr Graham Leslie, BGS Edinburgh
Accretion and tectonic amalgamation in Anglesey
 
11th December 2014
AGM and lecture
Dr Jim MacDonald, University of Glasgow
A journey through geological time in Namibia
 
15th January 2015
Professor Zoe Shipton, University of Strathclyde
UK shale gas: frack on, frack off or frack well?

12th February 2015
Dr John Winchester, Keele University
European accretion in the Palaeozoic: recognition and origins of accreted terranes
 
12th March 2015
Dr Ian Williamson, formerly of British Geological Survey
Are the Early Palaeogene lava fields of NW Scotland monotonous piles of old, cold and very boring basalt?
 
9th April 2015
Dr Laura Evenstar, University of Bristol
Atacama Desert: the chicken or the egg scenario?
 
14th May 2015
Members’ Night
 
 

Session 2013-2014

10th October 2013
Dr Richard Bates, University of St Andrews
Doggerland extended - submerged prehistory in Northern Scotland
[Joint lecture with Archaeological Society]
 
14th November 2013
Dr Tom Bradwell, BGS Edinburgh
Ice streams in the British (Scottish) Ice Sheet: theory and observations – from onshore and offshore
 
12th December 2013
AGM and lecture
Dr Jim Hansom, University of Glasgow
What has Geodiversity ever done for us? Answers from a coast near you!
 
9th January 2014
Joint Celebrity Lecture with Edinburgh Geological Society
Professor Chris Hawkesworth, University of St Andrews
The evolution of the continental crust: the isotope legacy
 
13th February 2014
Dr Simon Cuthbert, University of the West of Scotland
Geological travels in Norway
 
13th March 2014
Dr Rob Strachan, University of Portsmouth
New interpretations of the Caledonian geology of Shetland
 
10th April 2014
Dr Simon Passey, University of Cambridge
Continental flood basalts of the Faroe Islands and the opening of the North Atlantic
 
15th May 2014
Members’ Night
 
 

Session 2012-2013

11th October 2012
Dr Steve Jones, Birmingham University
The relationship between the Greenland-Scotland Ridge, the Iceland Plume and Northern Hemisphere glaciation
 
8th November 2012
Dr Jim Morrison, Geological Society of Glasgow
North Atlantic opening - an introduction
 
13th December 2012
AGM and Presidential Address
Miss Margaret Donnelly
Geological journeys
 
10th January 2013
Dr Jon Mound, Leeds University
The complex and dynamic inner core
 
14th February 2013
David McInroy, BGS Edinburgh
Formation of the Rockall microcontinent: a result of pre-Palaeogene extension in the NE Atlantic region
 
14th March 2013
T. Neville George Medal lecture
Professor Jenny Clack, Cambridge University
Populating Romer’s Gap: rebuilding terrestrial ecosystems after the end-Devonian mass extinction
 
18th April 2013
Dr David Chew, Trinity College, Dublin
Measuring Palaeozoic time by isotopic dating
 
9th May 2013
Members’ Night
 
 

Session 2011-2012

13th October 2011
Dr Phil Stone, BGS Edinburgh
Geology in the Falkland Islands
 
10th November 2011
Professor Dorrick Stow, Heriot-Watt University
Vanished Ocean: how Tethys shaped the world
 
8th December 2011
Annual General Meeting and
Dr David Chew, Trinity College, Dublin
Measuring Palaeozoic time by isotopic dating
Note: This meeting was cancelled because of bad weather

12th January 2012
Two shorter talks from Society members
 
9th February 2012
Dr David Brown, University of Glasgow
Palaeogene pyroclastic rocks of Scotland
 
8th March 2012
Dr Mike Romano, University of Sheffield
Tracking Jurassic dinosaurs
 
12th April 2012
Joint Celebrity Lecture with Edinburgh Geological Society
Dr Peter Cawood, University of St Andrews
Making mountains: drivers and consequences
 
10th May 2012
Members' Night