Scottish Geology Talks

Join me and guest speakers for live, online talks on Scottish geology, delivered using the Zoom platform. Each talk lasts 45-50 minutes, with time afterwards for questions and discussion. Let me know if there is a particular topic you are interested in, or for a repeat of any of the previous talks – see the Lockdown Lecture list below. I can also do bespoke talks for groups, happy to help.

The cost for each talk is £5 per person. Students, young people and anyone who is hard up is welcome to join in, for free. Book using the links below, and you can pay by Paypal or bank transfer. You’ll receive a confirmation email with a Zoom link. For overseas visitors, please note times are British Summer Time, UTC+1.

Any questions, please email me at angus@geowalks.co.uk.

Angus Miller, Geowalks

Jurassic fossils from Skye & Eigg: Elsa Panciroli, Susannah Maidment, Greg Funston & Paige dePolo

I hosted this lecture for the Scottish Geology Festival 2020, raising funds for the Scottish Geology Trust – if you enjoy this lecture, please make a donation (or join the Trust!) www.scottishgeologytrust.org/join-us

Scotland is increasingly well-known for its Middle Jurassic vertebrate fossils. These are mostly found on the Isles of Skye and Eigg, and include dinosaur footprints and bones, and pterosaurs, crocodiles, turtles and early mammals. The Middle Jurassic is an important time in animal evolution, but vertebrate fossils from this period are globally rare. In this talk, four palaeontologists involved with research in Scotland will talk about the geology and fossils of Skye and Eigg, and what the latest discoveries on the islands can tell us. The talk will be followed by a moderated Q&A session, where you can get the chance to find out more about their work.

Speakers: Dr Elsa Panciroli (Affiliate Researcher at National Museums Scotland, specialising in the evolution of mammals and the fossils from Skye), Dr Susannah Maidment (Researcher and Curator at Natural History Museum of London, specialising in dinosaur evolution and Middle Jurassic geology), Dr Greg Funston (Research Fellow at University of Edinburgh, specialising in bone histology), and Paige dePolo (PhD student at University of Edinburgh, specialising in dinosaur footprints).

A fund-raiser for the Scottish Geology Trust, hosted by Geowalks.

Lockdown Lectures March-July 2020

I delivered a series of talks on Scottish geology topics during lockdown. They were very popular, and I’ll be repeating some on an ongoing basis. Very happy to respond to requests, and I can offer any of these topics for your group if you wish.

How geology shapes Scotland
A walk across East Lothian
Contrasting islands: the geology of Eigg and Rum
Edinburgh, geology city
Argyll Island odyssey
The geology of your local patch
City of Fire: the volcanic history of Edinburgh
Scotland’s geology: these are a few of my favourite things
Geology of the Northern Isles
Scotland’s volcanoes
A walk through Holyrood Park
Scotland on the move
Iapetus no more: the continental collision that shaped Scotland
Geosailing: journeys in the Inner Hebrides
A life in geology
Igneous ignorance? The five rocks you need to know

Islay with guest lecturer David Webster
Jura with guest lecturer David Webster
Why geology matters to Scotland (and what we should do about it!)
Curling stones: taken for granite, with guest lecturer Derek Leung
Colonsay with guest lecturer David Webster
Geology Walk: Dunglass to Siccar Point
Geology Walk: East Neuk of Fife
Geology of Arran with guest lecturer Stuart Blake
Journey along the Moine Thrust
Pebbles I have pocketed
An Introduction to the Landscape and Geology of Iceland with guest lecturer Stuart Blake
Geology Walk: Edinburgh’s southern hills
The Midland Valley: cradle of enlightenment
Geology of Mull with guest lecturer James Westland