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17 June 2010
Research excellence at the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences has been recognised with two major awards.
Professor Dianne Edwards internationally renowned for her botanical research, particularly her work on the early evolution of land plants, is the 2010 recipient of the Linnean Medal for Botany.
The medal, which dates back to 1888, is awarded annually by the Council as an expression of the Linnean Society's esteem and appreciation for service to science.
Professor Edwards’ work on early land-plant evolution has been built on detailed descriptions and taxonomic studies of small plants, some of which were among the first vascular plants to colonise the land surface (c400 million years ago).
More recently, she has developed techniques to prepare and study three-dimensionally preserved meso-fossils from the Welsh borderlands. In addition to her Wales-based work, Professor Edwards has published, in a series of collaborations, important early floras from South America and especially, China, which have transformed understanding of the radiation of early land-plants as a global phenomenon. Her research has also encompassed plant preservation, plant physiology, wildfire, and the geo-environmental significance of land plant evolution that has resulted in the publication of over 150 scientific papers.
Meanwhile Professor Joe Cartwright has been elected to receive the Silver Medal Award of the Petroleum Group for 2010. The Silver Medal is awarded annually to individuals with a geoscience background who have made outstanding contributions to the petroleum industry.
Professor Cartwright’s research expertise includes carbon capture and storage, often described as one of the mitigation strategies with the greatest potential to reduce global CO2 emissions this century. He also established at Cardiff the Seismic 3D Lab (include link to: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/earth/seismic/index.html) supporting earth sciences teaching and research which has an underlying link with applied geology and geophysics through support by the Petroleum Industry. Such 3D surveys allow researchers to look at the fundamental structure of the Earth including exploration of the ocean floor.
Professor John Parkes, Head of the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences said: "I congratulate colleagues on this deserved recognition. This is further evidence of the high quality research undertaken across the School and its contribution to our environment."
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