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On Wednesday we'll be partnering with the Irish Association for Women in Geosciences (IAWG) for an inspiring evening of talks from Innovating Women in Geoscience. Head upstairs in the Roisín Dubh to hear a trio of talks from researchers working in NUIG. The IAWG is a new branch of the Association of Women in Geosciences, and the very first chapter in Europe!! Started by Dr. Aoife Blowick (EOS, NUIG) the organisation aims to encourage, promote and support women geoscientists at all levels of their career. Our speakers will showcase how geoscience is relevant to everybody!
Galway beneath our feet: reconstructing parts of our history.
Megan Dolan (PhD Student)
Ground investigation for civil engineering projects can reveal unexpected and exciting features beneath our feet. Such a discovery was made during the early planning stages of the Galway City Outer-bypass. Geophysics, geotechnical testing, geological mapping and sediment studies will unfold more of Galway’s history spanning from 346 million years ago through to modern time.
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Grainne Baron (PhD Student)
A key aspect of what differentiates humans from the animals we share the earth with is our ability to communicate the landscape in the form of maps, whether on cave walls or computer screens. All maps reflect choices: whether they depict the local river catchment, biodiversity, geology or the history of an area. OPAL offers students an opportunity to map their own place and to investigate the natural and anthropological forces that shape their landscapes, becoming local advocates for environmental change.
Muds, fossil pollen, and landscape change.
Dr Karen Molloy (Senior Technical Officer )
All hay fever sufferers will know that pollen and spores are released annually from flowering plants – herbs, trees, ferns etc. Some of these tiny microscopic specks land on the surface of bogs and lakes, become incorporated into muds and sediments, and are fossilised. Over time these sediments grow and accumulate and act as repositories for pollen. Pollen analysis is the science of identifying, quantifying and interpreting pollen and spores preserved in sediments. By identifying the fossilised pollen we can see how the landscape in a particular area has changed over time.