Accolade for geology professor

A Hull professor whose research includes the effect of climate change on our rivers and seas has been recognised for his achievements by the prestigious Geological Society of London.

Prof Dan Parsons, of the University of Hull’s Department of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, will receive the Society’s Bigsby Medal at an awards ceremony later this year.

The Bigsby Medal, founded by John Jeremiah Bigsby (1792-1881), is awarded biennially as an acknowledgement of eminent services to geology by a recipient that has “done no more than 25 years full time equivalent research, and is thus probably not too old for further work, and not too young to have done much.”

Bigsby Medal

Above: Bigsby Medal (image copyright Geological Society)

Prof Parsons said: “I am thrilled and honoured that my work has been acknowledged in this way by the Geological Society of London. Receiving an award is never something you expect and knowing that the award is a result of peer nomination is something that fills me with great pride. I’d like to sincerely thank my colleagues here in Hull, my early career mentors, my research collaborators and my students for their hard work and support over the years.”

Prof Parsons will collect his award in June at an event alongside geologists from universities such as Cambridge and St Andrews.

Professor Stephen Kelly, Dean of the University’s Faculty of Science and Engineering, said: “It’s marvellous when the exceptional achievements of our academics receive the external recognition they deserve. The Geological Society of London is a professional body that places great emphasis on the advancement of geological science, and this is undoubtedly something Prof Parsons is achieving here at the University of Hull.

“On behalf of all the staff and students of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, I would like to extend our congratulations to Dan.”

For more information on the awards, please go online.

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