Humans are naturally risk-averse. We try to avoid disaster zones, and don’t like to fly when there appear to be mechanical problems or heavy fog. However, often information about risk is incomplete, and sometimes we don’t even know the risks we’re taking until after the event. Even for thrill-seekers, identifying and managing risk is a prudent approach.
Dr Amy Valach describes her journey from studying an Ecology degree at Lancaster University to becoming a research scientist working in Antarctica for the British Antarctic Survey.
Dr Amy Valach, who recently finished a PhD in Environmental Science at Lancaster University, writes about her work as a research scientist at the Halley Research Station. Earlier this year she featured on a BBC Horizon programme about Halley, called “Ice Station”.
Soils are in a bad way and the Government is doing little to help - indeed its policies are making the problems worse, writes Professor John Quinton, welcoming the hard hitting report on soil health, published recently by MPs.
Himalayan geologist Yani Najman travels to a remote corner of Myanmar to reveal the history of the world’s highest mountains.
Dr Stuart Sharp reports back from an expedition to the Congo searching for an elusive African bird, about which almost nothing is known.
Dr Jacob Phelps and MSc researcher Sophie Banks got a political education when attending global talks on illegal wildlife trade
Masters student Duncan Nicholls spent a three month internship researching and mapping schemes which use natural processes to reduce flood risk across Great Britain
Dr Justina Ukpebor explains the challenges facing women scientists in her African homeland, and how Lancaster University is helping her, and other scientists, overcome them.
Cities across Europe, including Lancaster, are increasingly growing their own food, says PhD student Dennis Touliatos after attending an urban agriculture training school in his hometown, Athens.