Welcome to the Rhubarb talks website

The 'Rhubarb Talks' are a series of seminars by PhD students for PhD students at NOCS.

Upcoming seminars are posted below and cover a whole range of scientific exploits. Talks are held every other Monday afternoon at 4.30pm in the postgrad lounge (node 086) and are accompanied by nibbles and refreshments.

For more info or to volunteer for a talk, please contact The Rhubarb Team: Liz (E.Sargent@noc.soton.ac.uk),
Rosanna (R.Greenop@noc.soton.ac.uk), Maike (mjsp106@soton.ac.uk) or Sara (Sara.Cregeen@noc.soton.ac.uk)

Monday, December 10, 2007

December Talks

We have packed a multitude of exciting Christmas lectures into December to insure everyone is well prepared for intellectual conversation with friends and family over the Turkey packed festive period...

Monday 3rd December
Becky Bell: Observations and modeling of long-term earthquake deformation in the Gulf of Corinth.

Monday 17th December
Sarah Murty: tbc
Chris Allen: The ecology of the intertidal Crab Dotilla intermedia from tsunami impacted beaches in Thailand - a chance for Chris to convince us all that there is much more to his project than sunbathing... 

November Talks Update

Monday 19th November 
Richard Marsh: Development of a field portable tritium measurer - what is Rich's PhD all about? Come along and find out!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

November Talks

Remember remember The Rhubarb Talks in November...

For this month of fireworks, coats and gloves, we have several new and exciting talks lined up for you, with an additional incentive (as if you needed it) ... FREE BEER! (Courtesy of October's PG Pub Quiz winners!)

Monday 5th November
John Dinley: How to find an invertebrate spine. Learn how to do the impossible with polychaetes.
Dave Spofforth: My WHOI Exchange. Dave will be showing us his snaps of the beautiful setting at WHOI and tell us what he got up to over the summer while we all got rained on.

Monday 19th November
Thanos Gritzalis - tbc
Sarah Murty - tbc


To start off the new academic year's Rhubarb Talks, we had two new speakers:

Monday 8th October
Raquel Arzola: Isis' Summer Outing

Raquel showed us snaps of her latest cruise aboard the new ship James Cook, where NOCS' new ROV, Isis, was used to explore mud volcanoes and submarine canyons off west Iberia.

Monday 22nd October
Kate Larkin: The British Council's Exchange Programme to Japan

At her talk, Kate described her experiences when she spent 2 months at JAMSTEC, the Japanese Centre for Earth and Ocean Science, including fish markets, tea ceremonies and foraminifera picking...

Friday, September 7, 2007

Recruiting new talks for autumn term 2007

Going to a conference? Upgrading soon? Want to show off your photos from your recent cruise or fieldtrip?

Then do a Rhubarb Talk!

Several slots still available on Mondays 5th and 19th of November, and Monday 17th December.

Contact The Rhubarb Team: Raquel Arzola (rga@noc.soton.ac.uk), Rich Marsh (rm1202@noc.soton.ac.uk) or Bethan Jones (bmj@noc.soton.ac.uk).

Monday, June 4, 2007

Hey Everyone,

The Rhubarb talks continue tonight at 5pm in The Ray Beverton Room. Today we have a talk from...

Suzanne MacLachlan - "Oxygen isotope studies from a Spitsbergen fjord"

Ian Salter - "tba"

Hope to see you all there!

Monday, May 21, 2007

This afternoon...

Hey Everyone,

The Rhubarb talks continue tonight at 5pm in The Ray Beverton Room. Today we have a talk from

Maria Nielsdottir - "Iron limitation in high latitude North Atlantic -A study late Autumn"

If anyone else would like to practice a talk tonight there is still a space available

Hope to see you all there!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Late updates - 08/05/07

Hi everyone,

this week on the rhubarb talks we had:

Abi Pattendon - "Antarctica"


Kirsteen MacKenzie - "Atlantic salmon and stable isotopes"

PhD research into the use of salmon scales as proxies for the marine life history of the Atlantic salmon. Using scales as relatively non-destructive means of obtaining information on movements, feeding, growth and health of the salmon's life at sea.

Monday, March 26, 2007

This afternoon....

The Rhubarb talks continue this afternoon at 5pm in node room 064/03 (Note the change of room).

Rebecca Bell - "A tale of two earthquakes"

The Gulf of Corinth rift is one of the most active areas of continental deformation on Earth. We will discuss two of the most famous Gulf of Corinth earthquake sequences; the 373BC earthquakes which destroyed the city of Helike and caused destruction at the Temple of Apollo in Delphi, and the 1981 Alkyonides earthquakes which gave us the first insight into the active fault evolution of the rift.


Doug McNeall - "Climate prediction: nice, but is it science?"

We've got lots of lovely, expensive and flashy climate models, built primarily for understanding the processes of the Earth System. This talk will give a brief introduction to some of problems associated with using those models to predict the future.

See you there!!

Monday, March 12, 2007

Talks this afternoon

Two more rhubarb talks this afternoon at 5pm in node room 044/11 (next to cafeteria)!

Nina Rothe - Systematics and Biogeography of Antarctic Deep-Sea gromiids

Charlie Bargeron- More pieces of the coastal carbon flux puzzle

"...Little did I know that after the installation, I would spend so much of my time trying to get the CO2 system going and then keeping it going! Sometimes it doesn't seem very continuous or autonomous!"

.....see you there!

Monday, February 26, 2007

Talks this afternoon

Two more rhubarb talks this afternoon at 5pm in node room 044/11 (next to the cafeteria).

Monique Villatoro - Morphological evolution and sand transport - Chioggia Inlet, Venice Lagoon

Preliminary results of sand transport measurements in Chioggia inlet are interpreted in the light of long term geomorphologic changes.

C├ędric Boulart - The Great Dodo Cruise

Prospecting for Hydrothermal Activity along the Central Indian Ridge onboard R/V Hakuho Maru (Dec 2006).

and if that isn't enough for you....

don't forget about the Staff-Student Pub Quiz this evening:

WHERE: Platform Tavern
WHEN: 18:00 to start c. 18:30

See you later!!

Monday, February 12, 2007

Later today....

Tonight at 5pm in node room 044/11 (next to the cafeteria).

Dave Spofforth - Eocene climate in the Arctic

Mark Vardy - Finding objects in the dark

"Comprising 60 hydrophone groups which sample the reflected seismic wavefield at a horizontal accuracy of 25 x 25 cm, 3D Chirp provides the perfect base for shallow-water marine engineering. Here we present results where it has been used to identify unknown buried targets ranging from 0.3 m to 7.0 m in size."

...and in two weeks time (26th Feb);

Monique Villatoro - "Morphological evolution and sand transport in Chioogia inlet, Venice Lagoon"

Cedric Boulart - "The great DODO cruise"

Hope to see you all there!

Kirsty and Sarah

Monday, January 29, 2007

Careers service - PGR Workshops

Paul mentioned the FESM Graduate School PGR Workshops at the end of todays talks. Here is the slide with all the details for those of you that are interested...

Further details are available on www.soton.ac.uk/careers or contact the School Administrator, on jmj[at]soton.ac.uk

Today's talks (Monday 29th Jan 2007)

Hi everyone,
Welcome to the new rhubarb talks website, your no. 1 stop for rhubarb related information. From now on we'll be updating this site with details about upcoming talks and anything else we can be bothered to fill it with...

So remember to bookmark this site!! (we've even got fancy RRS feeds on the page, so you can get rhubarb headlines delivered to your web browser)

We've also got another couple of talks for you this afternoon....

5pm - 044/11 the Ray Beverton room.

Expect the unexpected - Paul Morris


Diving in Alvin - a short video
- Sarah Bennett

Give it a try - you know you want to!!!

Sarah and Kirsty

p.s. drinks and nibbles provided

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Upcoming Rhubarb talks!

15th January 2007:
1) Sarah Murty - Finding and winning grant funding
2) Kirsty Edgar - Testing bipolar glaciation in the Eocene Ocean

29th January 2007:
1) Paul Morris - TBA
2) Sarah Bennett - Diving in Alvin (Video)