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Marine Studies Group

Marine Studies Group logoAims

The Marine Studies Group (MSG) represents the marine geoscience community within the Geological Society and acts as the Society's agent in this field. The MSG provides a focus for all marine Earth scientists and promotes the exchange of ideas within the broader marine science and industry communities. The MSG aims to encourage research in, and teaching and public understanding of, marine geoscience by:

  • arranging scientific meetings and workshops (often held jointly with other science and technology groups) to promote exchange of information about, and in-depth study of topical aspects of the science
  • organising an annual meeting for marine geoscience postgraduates to present the results of their research 
  • publication of conference papers in the Society's journals and Special Publications 
  • providing a forum for exchange of ideas within the community.

Latest News

INCISE 2014: The 2nd International Symposium on Submarine Canyons

The Marine Studies Group will be sponsoring the 2014 INCISE symposium in September, hosted and co-organised by the British Geological Survey, together with the National Oceanography Centre and Plymouth University Marine Institute.

For more information visit the event page.

Postgraduate Research in Marine & Earth Sciences (PRiMES) Conferences

The PRiMES14 meeting will be held in Oban on 19-21 November. The deadline for abstracts is 17 October.
For more details or to submit abstracts visit the event page.

The Postgraduate Research in Marine and Earth Sciences (PRMES13) Conference was re-launched in November 2013. The event was organised by the Marine Studies Group (MSG) of the Geological Society and the Marine Geosciences Group of the National Oceanography Centre who hosted the meeting.

The MSG sponsored 3 prizes. Congratulations go to:

Poster winner:
Kimberley Pyle, University of Cardiff.
Diatoms, Sea Ice, and Mixing: What Controls Barium Cycling in the Southern Ocean?

Presentation winner:
Rosie Sheward, University of Southampton
Morphometric responses of coccolithophores to Paleogene environmental change

Early PhD Presentation winner:
Sebastian Pitman, University of Southampton
Formation, persistence and spacing of rip channels in different coastal environments

80 people attended the conference, from all over the country, and there were 36 presentations and 44 posters. There was lots of twitter and Facebook activity and a good time was had by all. Thanks go to everyone who attended the Conference, keynote speakers Professor Julian Dowdeswell (Scott Polar Institute, University of Cambridge) and Professor Gillian Foulger (Durham University). Thanks especially to Dr Tim Le Bas and his team at the NOC for organising and hosting the event.

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Student Awards

Marine Environmental Science. Photo: University of Portsmouth

To promote the teaching of Marine Earth and Environmental Sciences, the MSG Student Awards will be made annually to the top student, based on the recommendation of the course tutor, for pre-registered courses in the Marine Earth and Environmental Sciences.



Dr Sasha Turchyn
Department of Earth Sciences
University of Cambridge
Downing Street


Dr Tim Le Bas
National Oceanography Centre
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
European Way
SO14 3ZH