Book review: An Air That Kills

Alan Ramage On behalf of Plymouth Green Book Club At the invitation of Professor Iain Stewart, I am opening this blog on behalf of Plymouth Green Book Club, which read Dr John Rieuwerts’s book “An Air That Kills” earlier this year. It is an important contribution to the public’s understanding of an issue which has rightly gained a high profile in Britain’s media. Dr John Rieuwerts lectures at the University of Plymouth and has very kindly agreed to contribute toRead more

Plymouth University at Benthic Ecology Meeting, Myrtle Beach, USA

Dr Louise Firth, Dr Antony Knights (Marine Biology and Ecology Research Centre) and their PhD students, Anaelle Lemasson and Katie O’Shaughnessy gave oral presentations at the 46th Benthic Ecology Meeting to represent Plymouth’s expertise in marine Benthic Ecology. Anaelle was supported to attend the event by the Royal Society and British Ecology Society, and Katie was supported by The Challenger Society for Marine Science, The Marine Institute Education Fund and Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association. Louise was invited to take partRead more

In the theatre of science, the storyteller is king

On a visit to the Joshua Tree National Park in California Tim Smit paid a “king’s ransom” for a meteorite about the size of a grapefruit but far heavier. At Tim’s talk for the Sustainable Earth Institute, the meteorite was circulated through the lecture theatre for all to experience directly. When it was passed to me, two things went through my mind. Firstly, that this object had its origins beyond the boundaries of Earth and I had therefore the privilegeRead more

Engaging ‘harder-to-reach’ service users – Food as a Lifestyle Motivator

This blog was originally posted on The Fuse Open Science Blog. See the original post here. My research (the Food as a Lifestyle Motivator (FLM) project, funded by the Sustainable Earth Institute’s small collaborative awards) has explored the use of creative methods to engage with homeless individuals in discussions about their wellbeing. The project demonstrates that food, as well as being central to many health concerns, may also be a powerful ‘lifestyle motivator’ for those on the edges of society.Read more

Sustainable Geoscience: a new Masters course at Plymouth

Ask any geology student if the subject they are studying provides essential knowledge, experience, and guidance on how to meet many of the world’s most acute societal challenges and virtually all would proclaim a loud ‘yes, absolutely’. After all, many are drawn to the Earth sciences by study of applied aspects of natural hazards, minerals and metals, oil and gas, and geotechnics. And yet, show them how the world views those critical challenges – in the form of the United Nation’sRead more

Plymouth University staff signs MoA with Universiti Sains Malaysia and kick off World Harbour Project experiment in Penang

Plymouth University formalise their relationship with Malaysian partners to initiate an eco-engineering research project that will provide improved habitat for species along the urbanised coastlines on Penang island. In July this year a Memorandum of Agreement was signed by Plymouth University, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and E&O Berhad. Led by Louise Firth (School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Plymouth University) and Chee Su Yin (USM), the partnership involving Ally Evans (School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Plymouth University),Read more