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Ask a Geologist LIVE!






Earth Science Week is nearly upon us, and there’s a huge range of activities going on across the UK & Ireland!

There’s also lots going on online, including a brand new project we’re really excited about….

Ask a Geologist Live!

On Monday – Friday of Earth Science Week, five brilliant scientists have agreed to field questions about their research – all you have to do is tweet using the #askageologist hashtag, or get in touch with us in advance with your question and we’ll ask it for you.

The Ask a Geologist schedule:

c. Bethan Davies

c. Bethan Davies

Monday 13th, 12pm – 1pm: Bethan Davies, Centre for Quarternary Research, Royal Holloway

Bethan is a glaciologist, interested in glacier response to climate change and sea level rise in Antarctica, and the last glaciation of Britain. Read more about her research on her Antarctic Glaciers website.


c. Phil Manning

c. Phil Manning

Tuesday 14th, 1pm – 2pm: Phil Manning, School of Earth, Atmospheric and Enviromental Sciences, University of Manchester

Phil is a Professor of Natural History and STFC Science in Society Fellow, whose research includes the National Geographic Dinosaur Mummy project, and the Fumanya Dinosaur Trackway LiDAR Project.


Matt Genge

c. Matt Genge

Wednesday 15th, 1pm – 2pm: Matt Genge, Department of Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College London

Matt studies meteorites, cosmic dust and planetary science. He also runs the Imperial College Rock Library on petrology and researches igneous rocks and volcanoes. Matt recently wrote a regular “Ask the Scientist” column for the magazine “Science Uncovered”.


c. David Pyle

c. David Pyle

Thursday 16th, 4pm – 5pm: David Pyle, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford

David is a volcanologist, who has worked on young and active volcanoes around the world. Currently, his main research interests focus on reconstructing what happened during past eruptions, and using this information to help to prepare for future activity.
His recent or ongoing projects include, and


Victoria Herridge

c. Victoria Herridge

Friday 17th, 1pm – 2pm: Victoria Herridge, The Natural History Museum

Victoria is an expert in fossil elephants, especially dwarf elephants that once lived on Mediterranean islands. She also studies evolution and the Ice Age, and is a founder of TrowelBlazers – a site devoted to cool women from history who made amazing geological and palaeontological discoveries.


How to get involved

To ask questions of any of our experts in advance, leave a comment below or drop us an email at

Or join in live on twitter during the timeslots above, and tag your question #askageologist!


4 thoughts on “Ask a Geologist LIVE!

  1. Pingback: Earth Science Week: Ask a Geologist Live! | Geological Society of London blog

  2. I found this amazing rock 25 years ago on Wimbledon common. Looks like flint- spherical and it looks like it’s had slots carved into it. Any ideas? It may be the top of a mace. I would post images, but cant figure out how to do so…

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