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Hi, I’m Amy, a new recruit to the RISeR team as the project enters its second stage! My primary role in the project will be studying the pollen contained within the (beautiful!) RISeR cores in order to link these new sequences to one another, and eventually to situate them within...

My name is Graham Rush and I have recently joined the RISeR team at the University of Leeds as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Quaternary Foraminifera. My role will be mainly focussed on studying the foraminifera that are found in the North Sea core samples. Foraminifera are an excellent proxy...

It seems crazy to think that a year has gone by since Natasha and the team at the University of Leeds hosted the Quaternary Research Association Annual Discussion Meeting in early 2020.  Of course much has changed since, and that was the last time most of us can remember eating...

Over the last few months, the RISeR team have been making great progress towards producing the state-of-the-art sea level index points that we will need to reconstruct rates, magnitudes and timings of North Sea Last Interglacial sea level rise. Results from Victor and Natasha’s preliminary composition analysis of the five...

One of the most challenging, and most important, goals of the RISeR project was the collection of Last Interglacial sediments from the North Sea, from which to base our relative sea level reconstructions.  Over the first 18 months of the project Victor and Natasha along with project team members, in...

Covid-19 has dramatically changed our expectations for the past months, and the scientific community must adapt to the new challenges we are facing. Attending conferences and workshops was no exception and will be probably affected during the next months (or years?) by travel restrictions. The RISeR team planned to join...

Like the rest of the world, the RISeR team has been impacted by the Covid-19 crisis.  Thankfully, all team members have remained safe and well over the last few months, which is absolutely our main priority.  UK lockdown started in late March, and the whole team has been working from...

In January 2020 Leeds Quaternary, a group led by Natasha Barlow, ran the Quaternary Research Association (QRA) Annual Discussion Meeting at the University of Leeds. Over 2.5 days the meeting covered science from ice sheets, oceans and sea level, to palaeoecology, and Quaternary Science for the Earth Future. On the...

In November, Victor and Natasha attended the North Sea to Celtic Edge conference, in Utrecht (the Netherlands).  Natasha was very kindly invited as keynote speaker and gave an overview of the North Sea, as a climatic and environmental archive.  She particularly focused on the late Quaternary glacial-interglacial history and highlighted...

Hi, my name is Oliver and I have just begun my PhD studies with the School of Earth and Environment here at Leeds. My research will focus on producing a model of glacial isostatic adjustment (GIA) for Northern Europe during the Last Interglacial. This will hope to further our understanding...