António Fernandes awarded the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The School is pleased to announce that following today’s viva voca for António Fernandes, the examiners (Tim Williams from UCL and Mark Maltby)  have agreed to award António the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) subject to corrections being made to his thesis titled:  Natural processes in the degradation of open-air rock-art sites: an urgency intervention scale to inform conservation.  The viva voca was chaired by Amanda Korstjens.

Congratulations  António!

School of Applied Sciences Research Seminar Series 2012-13

The School Research Seminars provide important opportunities for academic refreshment and intellectual nourishment! Presentations by newly appointed academic staff and eminent invited speakers will open discussion both within the seminar itself and, less formally, over refreshments afterwards in the School Common Room (C126).

Everyone is welcome!

Term 1 – CG04 at 16:00-17:00hr with refreshments and continued discussion in C126 afterwards

Date Speaker Title
23 October 2012 Laura Basell Human evolution at the headwaters of the Nile
6 November 2012 Fiona Coward How stuff made us human: material engagement in the evolution of human social networks
20 November 2012 Pippa Gillingham Static Protected Areas in a dynamic world: Are we spending conservation resources wisely?
04 December 2012 Emilie Hardouin Hitching a ride and invading the world

Term 2 – CG04 at 16:00-1700hr with refreshments and continued discussion in C126 afterwards

Date Speaker Title
22 January 2013 Prof. Geoff Hawtin
(Global Crop Diversity Trust)
The Doomsday Seed Vault: putting genetic diversity on ice for the future
05 February 2013 Prof. Tim Champion
(University of Southampton)
Kings of the Iron Age 
19 February 2013 Yvette Staelens
(Bournemouth University)
Excavating songs: folk mapping the singing landscape
05 March 2013 Mary Edwards
(University of Southampton)
New DNA approaches to understanding Late-Quaternary and recent biodiversity changes – potential and problems

Need more information?
Contact: Gill Seaton (

BU’s BSc (Hons) Environmental Science gains IES accreditation

BU’s BSc (Hons) Environmental Science has recently been successful in gaining accreditation from the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES).

IES is a charitable organisation which promotes and raises public awareness of environmental science by supporting professional scientists and academics working in this crucial arena.

Students enrolled on IES accredited programmes are automatically eligible for free Student Membership of the Institution.

Read more about our BSc (Hons) Environmental Science course here.

Durotriges Project – Big Dig 2012 Open Day

Later Roman 'elbow' pestle

Later Roman 'elbow' pestle

As our student field school comes to a close, we open up the site to anyone who is interested in seeing what we’ve discovered. 

Sunday 1st July 2012, 10am-4pm.  All welcome.

Email for travel directions. 

Follow the Big Dig Diary

Aerial photo of the Big Dig site

Aerial photo of the Big Dig site

BU’s Alexandria Young assists Police with identifying human remains

Alexandria Young was called in by the police last week as a forensic archaeologist to assist with the identification and interpretation of animal scavenging of human remains and to assist in the search of remain, which were found off the A23 in Sussex.

The remains were featured in the media, the links to which can be found below:

The Daily Mail



Heritage Lottery Fund supports BOURNEMOUTH NATURALLY

 Heritage Lottery Fund supports


You are invited to the


Saturday June 9th, 10.00-12.30pm

Opening a moth trap, making an insect mask,

find out how to become a wildlife observer and recorder.


Heritage Lottery Fund will raise 400-year-old ship with BU

A merman carving from the swash channel wreck


A BU led partnership project will make 400-year-old underwater shipwreck accessible to the community through prestigious grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

BU led ‘Bringing People to the Museum and the Museum Underwater’ has successfully won full funding of £141,200 from the Lottery Heritage Fund.

The project is a collaboration with BU marine archeologists and Borough of Poole Museum Service which is using the Swash Channel Wreck to encourage people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to learn about their local maritime archaeological heritage. After conservation, finds from the Wreck and all the information from the excavation will be passed on to Poole Museum Service.

The idea for the project came from BU’s MSc Maritime Archaeology Programme Leader Ms Paola Palma. She said: “I was working with my MSc students on this fascinating underwater site when I realised that only a small group of us – myself and my colleague, the students and few others – would be able to enjoy this incredible maritime heritage. And this made me realise how important it is that we involve not just students, but the wider community.”

The Swash Channel Wreck is an early seventeenth century armed merchant ship lying in 7-9 metres of water in the approach to Poole Harbour on the South coast of the UK. It is a globally significant site containing information about international trade and exchange, science, engineering and social relations of the time.

The elaborately carved rudder, which is estimated to be around 8ft long, is one of the most extraordinary features of the shipwreck. Rudders are only found on a very small number of protected wrecks in Great Britain, including the incomplete rudder of the Mary Rose (1545). Carvings on rudders are even rarer, making this one extremely significant, and it is hoped to be resurrected by the end of summer 2012 if weather permits.

The project aims to bring the shipwreck to a far wider audience than the divers or special interest groups who know about the Wreck at present.

The £75,000 received so far will be used to finance creative ways of exposing the wreck to the public, for example hiring a huge glass tank which will be filled with parts of the ship, with a diver explaining through a loudspeaker what each bit of the ship is to an audience outside.

Michael Spender, Museum Manager, Borough of Poole, said: “We are pleased to be working with Bournemouth University on this exciting project which will involve the whole community. Poole has a fantastic maritime history and I would encourage people to get involved in what is a great opportunity. We look forward to displaying the finds from the Wreck in the Museum.”

Ms Palma said: “Although the MSc Maritime Archaeology course is fundamental in shaping generations of future archaeologists, there is also the need to demolish barriers to engagement in order to allow anyone an equal opportunity to enjoy and engage with their heritage.”

A Project Officer has been employed to give groups access who wouldn’t necessarily be able to visit the site once it has been resurrected, such as visiting people in hospitals, prisons and nursing homes with live streaming equipment of the displays, and replicas of artifacts so they are not cut off from knowledge about their local maritime history.

Nerys Watts, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund South West, said: “The Swash wreck is of international importance, and can provide real insight into the history of our marine trade, science and engineering. This project has the potential to open up this important part of our heritage to the wider community. There is still work for the university to do, but HLF will be offering their full support in taking their application further.”

Bournemouth University and Poole Museum Service welcome the public’s opinion and participation in this exciting project. If you would like to be involved and be part of it please get in touch by emailing

Strengthen your CV and skills base with one of our short courses

We are still accepting applications on our summer short courses.  Full details and costs can be found online or contact

Archaeological Field School, 10th-29th June 2012, limited places available

GIS for Environmental Managers, 11th-14th June 2012

An Introduction to Statistics in R, 20th-22nd June 2012, limited places available

Introduction to Forensic Entomology, 16th-20th July 2012

Mass Graves & Temporary Mortuary, 16th-20th July 2012, limited places available

Forensic Photography, 17th-20th July 2012



Annual Applied Sciences Postgraduate Research conference – 10th May 2012

The School’s Postgraduate Research conference timetable - Thursday 10th May.   

All BU staff and students welcome to attend.  Any queries contact Eva Reichardt on

 When? What? Where?
10.00 am Keynote Speech: Tiantian Zhang (Head of the Graduate School) – Postgraduate Research – Your Journey, Your Future CG01
10.20 am Grace Jones: The origins and development of prehistoric pottery production around Poole Harbour, Dorset. CG01
10.40 am Catherine Hess: Human lead exposure in South Africa during the 20th Century: Implications for the past, present and future CG01
11.00 am Tea and Coffee Break  
11.30 am Adam Lodoen: Signature mapping: A method of probabilistic archaeological landscape characterisation CG01
11.50 am Josie Pegg: Assessing and predicting impacts of alien fish parasites: from hosts to ecosystems CG01
12.10 am Kathryn Ross: Understanding fitness-maximising behaviour of overwintering pied avocets CG01
12.30 pm Lunch and Poster Session CG01/ CG11
2.00 pm Alexander Lovegrove: Management Impacts on Biodiversity at the Landscape Scale: A Case Study in The New Forest National Park CG01
2.20 pm Matthew Sumnall: The assessment of habitat condition of the New Forest using airborne remote sensing CG01
2.40 pm Natalia Tejedor: Vulnerability of montane forest to global climate change CG01
3.00 pm Justine Cordingley: Ecosystem service and biodiversity trade-offs in dynamic heathlands CG01
3.20 pm Tea and Coffee Break  
3.50 pm Phil Martin: Effect of non-native invasive plants on ecosystem functions CG01
4.10 pm Tim Burke: Qualitative Analysis of Street Drugs Obtained from Amnesty Bins at the 2010 Glastonbury Festival CG01
4.30 pm Wine reception CG01

The Quarry Life Award – vote for your favourite project now!

As part of The Quarry Life Award, BU’s submission ‘Habitat creation following quarrying at Warmwell: evaluating the contribution made by different habitats to biodiversity gain and to human well-being’ has been selected to continue in the next round of the competition. 

Follow link to read more about the project

The research will be undertaken by a team of Applied Sciences ecology students, led and supervised by Dr Anita Diaz.  Voting is now open to the public to support his/her favourite project.  The most popular project will be highlighted during the Global award ceremony in December.

To vote: