Academic Awarded for Early Career Achievements

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A Swansea University scientist has received the Lyell Fund Award by the Geological Society of London for her noteworthy published research within the past ten years.


Professor Siwan Davies, from the University’s Department of Geography, College of Science will be presented with the Lyell Fund Award and a cheque of £500 during the Society’s President’s Day on 5 June.‌

President's Day is an annual event held by the Geological Society which consists of a general meeting followed by presentations and the awards ceremony.

Professor Davies’ research focuses on establishing why climate has changed dramatically and abruptly in the past 100,000 years (up to 16°c in a matter of decades).

She investigates volcanic ash deposits trapped in ice sheets and sediments to piece together the response of the ocean and atmosphere during these rapid climate-change events in order to pinpoint the possible climatic triggers.

She has recently completed a three-year project funded by the Natural Environment Research Council which involved studying ice cores from deep below the surface of the Greenland ice-sheet.

As a result of the project, her work was published in the prestigious science journal, Nature and she was invited to give a lecture at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston last month.

She currently leads an ambitious £1.2 million research project entitled Tephra constraints on rapid climate events (TRACE), funded through one of the European Research Council’s Starting Grants, which are designed to support promising researchers in Europe who have the proven potential of becoming research leaders.

Professor Siwan Davies said: “I am absolutely delighted by this award. It’s a great honour and I’m very proud to be recognised in this way but it’s also important to acknowledge the invaluable contributions from my team members and international collaborators.”

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