QRA research groups
The QRA sponsors Research Groups for periods of up to three years to fund activities of sub-disciplines within Quaternary Science. Funds are largely to assist setting up of networks of researchers and for funding of meetings and workshops.
Currently active research groups
Glacial Landsystems Working Group (GLWG)
GLWG is an informal working group which aims to act as a catalyst for research on palaeoglaciological reconstructions, focusing specifically on landform/sediment associations and their application to glaciated landscapes. The group organises a range of field meetings at various locations in glaciated Britain.
Isotopes in Biogenic Silica (IBiS)
The main aim of IBiS is to promote the study of all forms of biogenic silica (phytoliths from higher plants, diatoms, chrysophytes, sponge spicules, radiolaria, etc) and their role in biogeochemical cycling at ecosystem to global scales.
Quaternary Vertebrates (QUAVER)
The purpose of this group is to improve communication between Quaternary vertebrate researchers, through regular meetings, a website and a web-based mailing list. We are especially keen to encourage postgraduates to get involved.
The next QUAVER conference will be held at the Natural History Museum, London in Spring 2010.
Tephra in Quaternary Science (TIQS)
Recent developments in tephrochronology have heralded a new wave of research initiatives that utilise it to tackle significant scientific issues which, hitherto, have been unachievable with the traditional dating techniques. This group will bring together individuals and groups with wide-ranging expertise in order to promote cross-group collaborations for optimising and advancing tephrochronology.
New research groups
We are always happy to receive proposals on new topics. if you have an idea for a new QRA research group, please contact
Dr Mick Frogley