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- But what does it mean?!? During practical-based modules, I often ask undergraduates to start their practical reports with a statement of their hypothesis. This usually throws them into a mild panic, as class practicals are primarily about generating data rather than proving/disproving a hypothesis and they cannot easily negotiate that apparent disparity. The ...more
- Invasive Weed Species as a Source of Antimicrobials – Making the Best of a Bad Situation Humans have always been dependant on nature to cater for their basic needs such a food and shelter but also for medicines. Initially medicines were in the form of crude treatments such as tinctures, teas, poultices, powders and other herbal ...more
- Workarounds, KISS and the dangers of overcomplicating things Around 6 months ago I was asked to look into the program PICRUSt (Phylogenetic Investigation of Communities by Reconstruction of Unobserved States) for a data set produced by an amplicon sequencing run on the Ion Torrent. Basically, PICRUSt takes a 16S OTU table that has been classified ...more
- Distractions and procrastination. There are lots of things to be embraced about being a Principal Investigator in Higher Education. You are free to direct your own research, you can be creative when devising your teaching sessions, and you can indulge your curiosity and passions, for example through public-engagement or immersing oneself in the literature. But everyone knows ...more
- Do We Use Science at Home? Before Easter we had a lab meeting, where everyone presents a paper they found interesting. There were some interesting bioinformatics ones, some yeast genomics, the usual high impact or highly relevant papers. I, on the other hand, chose a different type of paper. It was published in the British Food ...more
- Left to right: Marius Schaefer, Ryan Wilson, Neil Glasser, John Reynolds, Sarah Shannon and Pablo Irribaren The first glacial hazards workshop has held at Aberystwyth University between the 19th and 21st July, 2016. The 'Glacial Hazards in Chile' team discussed progress, to date, concerning Chilean fieldwork, glacial lake mapping, glacial hazard assessment, outburst flood modelling and ...more
- Eñaut Izagirre is a glaciology Masters student at the University of Magallanes, Chile and is one of a team of researchers and explorers currently working on the Incognita Patagonia project. The Incognita Patagonia project aims to explore, map and measure selected glaciated areas of the Southern Patagonia Andes, in doing so, improving the understanding of ...more
- The first field campaign of the ‘Glacial Hazards in Chile’ project has been successfully completed!! During April 2016 project collaborators from the Austral University of Chile travelled to the Colonia Valley, located southeast of the Northern Patagonia Icefield. Since 2008, the Colonia Valley has been affected by more than 15 GLOFs when the ice-dammed lake ...more
- An interesting comparison of images acquired by the Landsat 8 satellite sensor highlights the downstream impacts of a Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) triggered in Kazakhstan on 23 July 2015. View the comparison at NASA's Earth Observatory: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=86300&src=ve&src=share ...more
- Initiated in 2016, this RCUK-NERC and CONICYT project brings together a collaborative team of scientists from the UK and Chile in order to further investigate 'Glacial Hazards in Chile'. The website presented aims to set out the specific goals of the project and the methodologies proposed in order to achieve them, and provide a interactive ...more
- A new article published by glacierhub.org discusses the possibly imminent eruption of the Nevados de Chillan mountain complex (located in the Bío-Bío region of Chile). This mountain complex (reaching over 3,200 meters in elevation) includes glacier cover totaling 2 square kilometers and thus, aside from the risk of lava flows and ash clouds, there is ...more
- With the 'Glacial Hazards in Chile' project now well on the way, interest has begun to mount from several UK and international media outlets. In articles published by the BBC, Cambrian News and AlphaGalileo, Professor Neil Glasser (Aberystwyth University) states that “glacial lake outburst floods pose a significant hazard to communities and infrastructure in many mountainous ...more