University of St Andrews

DGSD goes Coast to Coast

Monday 19 October 2015

St Andrews students taking the DGSD honours module COASTS have recently returned from an early October weekend field class to Oban and the Isle of Kerrera on the Scottish West Coast.

Professor Bill Austin (DGSD), who runs the coast module, highlighted the value of field-based teaching in the Geography programme at St Andrews, noting the wonderful coastal scenery of Argyll and the evidence for sea-level change in this part of Scotland as some of the very best in the world! Commenting on the field class experience, Annette Hilton (a semester abroad student from Pennsylvania, USA) said “I had a wonderful weekend trip! I had a great time and am very glad to have been able to come along. I enjoyed the field methods as well, as I have very little experience in that area.” The Costal Processes (GG3271) module runs every second year and is a popular option in our Geography honours programme at the University of St Andrews.

The photograph below shows Bill Austin and some of the students “riding the fold”, in this case intensively folded rocks of late Precambrian age which formed nearly 600 million years ago and which today underlie the raised wave-cut platform that marks the position of recent sea-level changes (credit: Annette Hilton).

Photo of students “riding the Kerrera fold