The Bullerwell Lecture

“An outstanding, early career British Geophysicist”

About the Bullerwell

This lecture, to be given by ‘An outstanding early career geoscientist’ has been presented each year since 1981 and is one of the principal events in the British Geophysical Association calendar. The Bullerwell lecture, named after the first Chief Geophysicist of the British Geological Survey, is a prestigious event that has been given by many of those UK geophysicists (see below) who are major international Earth Scientists, receiving honours from a wide range of learned societies, academic and governmental institutions.

Call for 2022 Nominations

The BGA Committee asks for nominations for the 2022 Bullerwell Lecturer, who will present the talk twice, firstly in April at the European Geosciences Union Annual Assembly in Vienna, and again in early September at the BGA Post-Graduate Research in Progress meeting (subject to any COVID-19 restrictions). Reasonable expenses will be met for both occasions. The lecturer will also write the lecture up as an article for publication in Astronomy and Geophysics.

The nomination form is provided below. The Bullerwell Lectureship is awarded to an outstanding early-career geoscientist in recognition of their contribution to geophysics in the UK. It requires a short (no more than 200 words) statement concerning the reasons for the nomination, together with a list of no more than four of the nominee’s recent publications. Nominees must be within 10 years of gaining their PhDs, but the committee will account for time taken on maternity or paternity leave, career breaks due to illness or special circumstances. Other periods of absence will be considered at the discretion of the committee. Current BGA Committee members are ineligible for this award.

Please download and submit by email the nomination form.

Please ensure that the nomination is submitted on the form provided. No other form of submission will be considered.

We very much look forward to hearing from you.


Past winners:

2021 Nagy, L. – Beyond single grains and single domains – using big data to answerfundamental questions in rock magnetism [view abstract here]

2020 Bell, R. – Bringing slow slip processes into focus [View abstract here]

2019 Cottaar, S. – Zooming in on the core-mantle boundary [View abstract here]

2018 Mitchell, T. – Earthquake fracture damage and healing: feedback on rupture dynamics [View abstract here]

2017 Biggs, J. – Magma storage and ascent [View abstract here]

2016 Whitehouse, P. – Glacial Isostatic Adjustment – a hot topic in cold regions [View abstract here]

2015 Wright, T. – What can satellite geodesy tell us about fault zone mechanics and seismic hazard in the continents? [View abstract here]

2014 Rychert, C. – Seismic constraints on the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary.

2013 Keir, D. – Magmatism and deformation during continental breakup. [View abstract here]

2012 King, M. – Towards accurate observation and modelling of Antarctic glacial isostatic adjustment.

2011 Muxworthy, A. – Magnetic Interactions: Love thy neighbour?

2010 Dobson, D. – Tectonics of the lower mantle II: mineral physics constraints. [View abstract here]

2009 Rost, S. – Seismic constraints on Earth’s small-scale structure.

2008 Murray, T. – Beneath the ice: geophysical observations at Rutford Ice Stream, West Antarctica.

2007 Milne, G. – Climate driven sea-level change.

2006 Jackson, A. – Understanding the Earth’s magnetic field through observation and theory.

2005 Helffrich, G. – Small-scale seismic heterogeneity and mantle structure.

2004 Ebinger, C. – Continental breakup – impilcations for planetary tectonics.

2003 Kendall, M. – Tectonics of the lowermost mantle.

2002 Sinha, M. – Electromagnetic geophysics and the structure of Mid-Ocean Ridges.

2001 White, N. – Interrogating sedimentary basins.

2000 Jackson, J. – Velocity fields, faulting and continental tectonics: where have we got to?

1999 England, P. – The end of continental kinematics.

1998 Woods, A.W. – Fluid dynamical controls on volcanic eruptions.

1997 Main, I.G. – Statistical physics of earthquakes and faulting.

1996 Meju, M – Geoelectromagnetics, geology and the environment: understanding electrical images of the subsurface.

1995 Warner, M. – Continental lithospheric seismics.

1994 Lovell, M. – The art of borehole geophysics.

1993 Whaler, K. – MAGSAT’s impact on studies of Earth’s internal magnetic field.

1992 White, R.S. – Melting in the Earth: the alliance of seismology and petrology.

1991 Browitt, C. – Earthquakes.

1990 Haworth, R. – Geophysics in the British Geological Survey – the Bullerwell legacy.

1989 Christie, P.A.K. – Applications of borehole acoustics in geophysical exploration: a review.

1988 Watts, A.B. – Flexure of the oceanic lithosphere.

1987 Kusznir, N.J. – The strength of the continental lithosphere.

1986 Westbrook, G.K. – The structure and dynamics of subduction-accretion complexes – the physical evidence.

1985 Shaw, J. – How strong is the Earth’s magnetic field?

1984 Gubbins, D.A. – Secular variation and reversals of the Earth’s field.

1983 Vail, P.R. – Seismic stratigraphy and the evaluation of depositional sequences and facies.

1982 McKenzie, D.P. – Geoid anomalies and mantle convection.

1981 Douglas, A. – Two problems in forensic seismology twenty years on.

One Comment on “The Bullerwell Lecture

  1. I note, as the presenter of the 1990 Bullerwell lecture, that my name is spelled incorrectly in this listing. It should be R. Haworth


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