Environmental Mineralogy Group (EMG)

About the Environmental Mineralogy Group

The EMG is a special interest group of the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland.  Our remit is to encourage, promote and support research in the broad field of environmental mineralogy and biogeochemistry in the UK and Ireland. We achieve this by regularly sponsoring and organising research seminars, meetings and conferences, both nationally and internationally.  The Chair of the EMG represents the EMG Committee on the Mineralogical Society Council, which meets twice per year.  In this capacity, the EMG Committee helps steer Mineralogical Society activities and input into procedures for awarding Mineralogical Society bursaries, prizes and medals, and positions on the Society Council. Further details about the group are available from the Secretary.

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EMG Research in Progress Meeting: The EMG holds an annual Research in Progress (RiP) meeting, usually hosted by one of the committee members at their affiliated institution. This is typically a one-day meeting that aims to support early career scientists in networking within the UK environmental mineralogy community, and provide an opportunity for presentation and discussion of work in progress.  We typically have 1–3 Keynote speakers. The EMG covers all meeting costs, including room hire etc, delegate registration, and tea/coffee plus lunch. We also offer travel bursaries of up to £50 for each student presenting a talk and a prize of £50 for the best student poster.

The 2020 Research in Progress meeting will be joint hosted with the Clay Minerals Group on May 21st at Newcastle University. (Postponed due to pandemic. Further details coming soon)

Speakers: The EMG also supports keynote speakers and can contribute to symposia and sessions at national and international conferences.

EMG Bursary Scheme: The EMG offers an Early Career Researcher Bursary to support early career scientists (Postdoctoral Researcher, fixed-term Research Fellow or fixed-term academic appointment) to carry out seed-corn research and pump-priming ideas that are expected to input into future publication and/or research funding applications. Click here for more information.

EMG Committee Meetings: The EMG Committee aims to meet ~3 times per year, one meeting to include the EMG AGM.  If you are interested in becoming a member of the EMG Committee please contact the Chair. The committee has an equality policy and we especially encourage applications from women and underrepresented groups.

Stay connected: if you’d like to hear more from EMG, join us on twitter @EMG_minsoc and join our mailing list.

Meet the Committee

Laura Newsome, Interim Chair
I am a Lecturer at Camborne School of Mines, which is part of the University of Exeter, based in Penryn, Cornwall. I am a geomicrobiologist interested in understanding the behaviour of contaminants and metals in the environment, and how we can use microbe-mineral interactions for bioremediation and bioprocessing applications. See http://blogs.exeter.ac.uk/em3group/ for the latest information on what my research group is up to.
Stephen Parry, Treasurer
Stephen has degrees in chemistry, geology (experimental petrology) and is a trained radiochemist researching environmental and nuclear site remediation. He is a scientist at Diamond Light Source and is an expert at resolving structural sorption, intercalation, and substitution processes.
Oliver Moore, Secretary
Ollie is a Post Doc at the University of Leeds examining how minerals within marine sediment preserve organic matter over geologic timescales, with implications for the oxygenation of the early atmosphere and the long-term carbon cycle. Ollie has also previously worked on the impact of chemical weathering within the tropics on the global carbon cycle.
James Byrne, Communications Officer
James is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Bristol, working on Environmental Mineralogy and Geomicrobiology. Much of his research focuses on microbe-mineral interactions especially those involving magnetite in terms of extracellular electron exchange, metal sorption, and environmental magnetism. James also specialises in the application of Moessbauer spectroscopy for studying oxidation state and composition of iron minerals.
Jay Bullen, Early Career Representative
Jay completed his PhD in environmental chemistry at Imperial College London in 2020, focusing on remediation of the arsenic contaminated groundwaters of India and Bangladesh using composite mineral photocatalyst-adsorbents. He has most recently been working on arsenic and fluoride contamination in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Jay was the Postgraduate Representative on the EMG committee from 2018 until 2020, and is now the Early Career Representative (2021-present).
Industrial representative: James Graham
Members: R. Courtney;  H. Buss