School of Ocean and Earth Science (SOES)

New £8 million training centre for the oil and gas researchers of tomorrow

Southampton students on AAPG field trip

Postgraduate training in geological and environmental research into oil and gas activities has received £8 million funding for a new countrywide training centre.

Recent funding successes leads to exciting PhD opportunities in the Graduate School NOCS

A range of PhD projects offered

So far, almost forty new PhD students from all over the world have been recruited to join the Graduate School of NOCS in the autumn.

Chocolate and diamonds


Scientists based at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton have discovered a previously unrecognised volcanic process, similar to one that is used in chocolate manufacturing, which gives important new insights into the dynamics of volcanic eruptions.

Connect the past diversity of vertebrates to the present with our new MRes in Vertebrate Palaeontology

Uncovering fossil remains

Application is now open for Ocean and Earth Science’s new MRes in Vertebrate Palaeontology.

This new one-year course offers you the chance to study the evolution and anatomy of vertebrates at the world-renowned National Oceanography Centre Southampton.

Global experts question claims about jellyfish populations – Are jellyfish increasing in the world’s oceans?

Giant Jellyfish (Nemopilema nomurai) clogging fishing nets in Japan (courtesy of Dr Shin-ichi Uye)

A global study has questioned claims that jellyfish are increasing worldwide.

Early career award for Derek

Dr Derek Keir

A prestigious award for early career scientists has been presented to Dr Derek Keir, a University of Southampton Lecturer in Earth Science, who is based at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton.

Ocean and Earth Science graduating students receive their degrees

New graduates celebrate their success

On 26 July, 160 Ocean and Earth Science graduates received their degrees from the University of Southampton.

Antarctic krill help to fertilise Southern Ocean surface waters with iron

Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) (courtesy of BAS)

A new discovery reveals that the shrimp-like creature at the heart of the Antarctic food chain could play a key role in fertilising the surface waters of Southern Ocean with the essential element iron – stimulating the growth of phytoplankton (microscopic plant-like organisms). This process enhances the ocean’s capacity for natural storage of carbon dioxide.

RRS Discovery cruise 366: 1 July 2011


Today our planned programme of work has been thwarted by poor weather, with the sea being too rough to safely put the CTD in the water. We are currently running away westwards from the Skaggerak, trying to find calmer waters in the central North Sea.

Scientists help explain size of the 2004 Sumatran tsunami

RV Sonne

The unusual geological characteristics of the seabed and underlying sediments south of the epicentre of the Boxing Day Sumatran-Andaman earthquake of 2004 contributed to the devastating power of the resulting tsunami, according to research by a US-led team involving University of Southampton researchers based at the UK’s National Oceanography Centre, Southampton.