Blog - QRA News & Notices

James Croll and Lewis Penny Medal winners

The QRA is delighted to announce the winners of the 2017 James Croll and Lewis Penny Medals, who were honoured at an awards ceremony at this year's ADM at the University of Plymouth.

The 2017 James Croll Medal was awarded to Professor Jan Mangerud (University of Bergen). The highest award of the QRA, the Croll Medal is normally awarded to a member who has not only made an outstanding contribution to the field of Quaternary science, but whose work has also had a significant international impact.

Photo credit: Marte Mangerud

The 2017 Lewis Penny Medal was awarded to Dr Stephen Livingstone (Sheffield). This Medal is awarded to a young or new research worker who has made a significant contribution to the Quaternary stratigraphy of the British Isles and its maritime environment.


Full citations will appear in a future issue of Quaternary Newsletter.


New Honorary Member

Steve Brooks (Natural History Museum) was nominated as a new Honorary Member of the Association at its Annual General Meeting at Plymouth in recognition of his outstanding contributions to Quaternary science, and in particular to Quaternary entymology.


The Association would like to extend its warmest congratulations to Steve. A full citation will be provided in a forthcoming issue of Quaternary Newsletter.

Undergraduate Dissertation Prize winner

The winner of the Undergraduate Dissertation Prize for 2017, announced at the recent AGM in Plymouth, is Carole Roberts (University College London), for her submission entitled A multiproxy study investigating ecological responses to acidification in Easedale Tarn, English Lake District, since the early 19th century.

The judges commented that the dissertation was “a beautifully worked-up study showing real quality in every aspect, from the rationale underlying the study through to the rigorous field and laboratory data collection, statistical and graphical analyses, and nuanced interpretations. Carole deserves huge credit for producing research of this quality at undergraduate level.” 


Carole Roberts (University College London)

The abstract of the winning dissertation will be published in a forthcoming issue of Quaternary Newsletter. The Association wishes to thank the examiners, Martin Kirkbride and Will Fletcher, and to acknowledge the continuing support of Catherine Souch and her team at the RGS for the administration of the prize.

New QRA Geoconservation Fund

The QRA launched a new fund for geoconservation at the 2018 AGM in Plymouth. QRA members and organisations who deliver and promote the conservation of our Quaternary geoheritage are invited to apply for the new QRA Geoconservation Award.

Grants will normally be made up to £1000, although larger requests will be considered. Awards are open to individuals and organisations to deliver conservation projects, activities and organise conservation themed events, as well as share good practice on Quaternary geoconservation.

There are two deadlines each year, 1 March and 1 September. For further information and an application form, please contact the QRA Conservation Officer:

QRA Sponsorship of Earth Heritage Magazine

The Quaternary Research Association is pleased to announce it is now one of the partners and sponsors of Earth Heritage – The Geological and Landscape Conservation Magazine Earth Heritage Magazine is a free to download publication produced twice a year by Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage, Natural Resources Wales, the Geologists’ Association and the Quaternary Research Association, with major contributions from GeoConservationUK and others in the voluntary geoconservation sector. The magazine is for earth scientists and students in secondary, further and higher education as well as those who work in and volunteer for geological and landscape conservation. It also aims to stimulate public interest in geological and landscape conservation matters.


The current issue of Earth Heritage Magazine is now available online and includes an article on page 14 from the QRA Vice President and Earth Heritage Editorial Board member, David Bridgland which introduces the QRA’s longstanding involvement in conservation.


To receive email notifications of new issues, please follow the instructions on the Earth Heritage Magazine homepage. If you have suggestions for articles or news items for Earth Heritage Magazine, please contact the QRA Conservation Officer

QRA Emails

Every member of the QRA should receive QRA emails. If you do not receive regular QRA emails from the Publicity Officer (Bethan Davies in 2017), then please email the Publicity Officer ( to be added manually to the list.

« Older Page 1 of 4

« Back to all posts