Posted on 07/05/2012
Abigail Alderson, currently in her first year studying Geography at Royal Holloway, has won a prestigious fieldwork award from the Royal Geographical Society. The 'Learning and Leading Fieldwork Apprenticeship’ will allow Abigail to participate in fieldwork in China together with Dr Thomas Stevens and Dr Anna Bird. They will be researching the source of dust storms and Chinese loess sediment on the Chinese Loess Plateau in north central China. Abigail will be acting as field assistant and obtaining samples from the northern Tibetan plateau and deserts of northern China. The trip is into an extremely remote, dramatic and difficult-to-access part of China. Abigail says that as well as learning stratigraphy techniques, she is also looking forwards to exploring the culture of the area.
Following the apprenticeship Abigail will join a long tradition of Royal Holloway students in acting as ‘Geography Ambassador’ for the RGS, sharing her experiences and promoting Geography as a discipline to school students.