“Growing Rocks and Living Stones”

by Prof Mike Rogerson, Professor in Earth System Science, and Laura Bastianini, PhD candidate, School of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science and Engineering.
Saturday April 6th, 2019 
Venue: University of Hull, Business School, Allam Lecture Theatre

Professor Mike Rogerson
Professor in Earth System Science.


Date: Saturday April 6th, 2019 
Title: “Growing Rocks and Living Stones”

Mike is a Professor in Earth System Science who contributes to both geography and geology teaching programmes. He is also Convenor of the Hull Geochemistry and Geobiology (HuGG) research group. He is mostly interested in the environmental and climate records contained in the skeletons of marine plankton, in stalagmites and in freshwater limestones.

Mike can often be found doing ocean physics in the morning, solution chemistry at noon and microbial ecology by evening while chasing a single idea!  He initially joined Hull as a research fellow, part-funded by Research Councils UK. Previously he spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Utrecht.

Mike has always been pursued by a concern for Natures remotest aspects, and fascinated by how they turn out not to be remote at all but yet another organ in the function of the whole Earth system. Growing Rocks (tufas and travertines to those in the know) are a great example. From limescale in your kettle, to famous tourist sites, to some of the oldest life on Earth, to potential life on other planets, to records of past climate change and to solutions for pollution problems and CO2 storage, these wonderful systems just keep on giving – this talk will give you the way in to seeing and understanding these beautiful, forgotten parts of our natural heritage for yourself.

Laura Bastianini
PhD candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant in Geology.


Date: Saturday April 6th, 2019 
Title: “Growing Rocks and Living Stones”

Laura is a PhD candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant in Geology at the University of Hull in the School of Environmental Sciences. Her PhD project is called “Wherever I Park My Lab (That’s My Home): Improving Field Analysis of waters and mineral precipitates”. Associated with the Resource Recovery From Alkaline Waste project (, the project focus on exploring how much field-site characterization can be improved by using laboratory-quality analytical approaches in a purpose-built environment. Duties also include supporting lecturing staff in to deliver high quality teaching in geology and physical geography, specifically laboratory teaching in a broad range of sub-disciplines, assistance with field teaching.