GTA/PhD candidate Emma Readitt attended the NERC funded ‘Quaternary Palaeoecology short course’ last week in the Natural History Museum, London. Emma successfully obtained her place on the training course in December 2018 through a competitive application process. The course fully funded 15 students to travel to London, provided accommodation and to be trained by leading scholars in the palaeo field. Of the 15 students, 13 were NERC funded and given priority on the course. Emma obtained one of the two non-NERC funded slots which was notably competitive.

(Upper row) Natural History Museum in London and group in main hall. (Lower row) Group photo with Darwin’s statue (Emma Readitt is on the third position starting from the left), microscope session and observed diatoms.

The course was spread over 5 days in which different palaeo proxies were taught and practical sessions were under taken. The proxies included: Pollen, Vertebrate, Diatoms, Chironomids and Beetles. Emma also had the opportunity to meet multiple experts in the Quaternary field and fellow PhD students from around the country.

Emma Readitt said: “This course has been invaluable to my PhD progression, specifically in relation to Diatoms and Pollen. Similarly, it was fantastic to discover other proxies in the Quaternary field that I have not studied before.”