Funding support from the Boise Trust to date Azores eruptions, March 2023
Dr Danielle McLean (CAVES Oxford Tephrochronology Team) was awarded Boise Trust funding for their research proposal ‘Establishing new dating constraints for archaeological and climate records in NW Africa’. This funding will allow several key eruptions on São Miguel Island (Azores) to be argon-argon dated using samples of the pumice and ash. These dates will generate new constraints on the timing and frequency of past eruptions, and offer new absolute ages to be imported into other sedimentary records containing the ash.
Stacy joins the team! March 2023
Dr Stacy Carolin joins the CAVES Project stable isotopes Team - welcome Stacy!
IAVCEI 2023 New Zealand, January 2023
Dr Danielle McLean and Dr Emma Horn travel to New Zealand to present their work at IAVCEI (International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior) an international volcanology conference attended by over 800 scientists from across the world. Read about the trip in a presentation report by Emma published in the VMSG (Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group) Newsletter.
Emma joins the CAVES project team! January 2023
Dr Emma Horn starts with Oxford Tephrochronology Team after completing their PhD at the University of Southampton.
Trip to Rabat (Morocco), November 2022
Prof Nick Barton, Amy Styring and Victoria Smith visited Rabat, Morocco for the 11ème Rencontre des Quaternaristes Marocains (RQM11) conference to meet collaborators and present details of the project. They also went into the field and took samples from Contrebandiers and Dar es-Soltane 2 for cryptotephra investigations. This research is in collaboration with Jean-Jacques Hublin and Zeljko Rezek.
Field Trip to São Miguel (Azores), October 2022
In October 2022, the CAVES Oxford Tephrochronology Team (Dr Danielle McLean & Prof. Victoria Smith) visited São Miguel island to sample volcanic deposits around the three volcanic centres (Sete Cidades, Fogo and Furnas). This work was made possible by a generous Research Award from the British Institute for Libyan & Northern African Studies (BILNAS) and was undertaken in collaboration with Dr Adriano Pimental, Dr José Pacheco and Simone Aguiar at IVAR (Instituto de Investigação em Vulcanologia e Avaliação de Riscos, University of Azores). Over 130 samples were collected from outcrops around the island, which will be geochemically characterised to fingerprint the eruptions and secure correlations for distal ash identifications.