Cunningham Awards 2012

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Cunningham Awards 2012
Dr Brian McConnell - GSI

The winners of the Cunningham Awards for 2012 are Aoife Blowick and Myles Watson both of whom attended UCD.

Cunningham prize winners  

Winners of the Cunningham Awards 2012, Aoife Blowick (UCD) and Myles Watson (UCD)

Aoife Blowick’s project is entitled "The solid geology of the area north of Barrême, Haute-Provence, France", while Myles Watson’s project is entitled "The solid geology of the Bès Valley, Alpes de Haute-Provence, SE France"

Both areas include Mesozoic – Cenozoic sedimentary sequences complicated by thrusting and folding of two phases of Alpine Orogeny. Sedimentation continued during deformation, so that basin architecture and sediment sources were continually changing, resulting in rapid lateral and vertical variations in deposits. However, the careful mapping by the prize winners enabled them to sort it all out. Their notebooks record systematic observations and continued questioning of interpretations as new evidence was gathered and so are truly works of science.

Aoife continues her geology in UCD, doing Griffith-funded postgraduate research on sediment provenance in the Nile delta, while Myles has entered the hydrocarbon exploration industry with Providence Resources. GSI wishes them well in their geological careers.