• NEW POST! Lecturer Urban Water Mgmt, Ana Mijic @leiastarspear: A Day in the Life Series

    Ana Mijic, Lecturer in urban water management

    NAME:  Ana Mijic CURRENT TITLE:  Lecturer in Urban Water Management, Imperial College London AREA OF EXPERTISE:  Water Systems and Interactions/Water Resources Assessment YEARS EXPERIENCE:  14 EDUCATION: Dipl. Ing., MSc in Civil Engineering; MSc in Hydrology for Environmental Management; PhD in Earth Science and Engineering WEBSITE:  http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/people/ana.mijic What’s your job like? As any academic position, my work combines (in no particular order) teaching, research, writing publications and project proposals, supervising PhD and MSc students, outreach activities, loads of travelling and meetings and various administrative duties. My research group of seven PhD students and associated academic and research staff works on developing simulation models that we validate using experimental data, which can be applied for assessing available water resources and testing adaptation measures for water supply security and environmental risk to infrastructure (flood and droughts) under climate change. What’s a typical day like? Although my day almost always starts the same way

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  • New Update 9/1/14! Geology in Peru with Anna Bidgood @akbidgood Summer 2014

    Anna Bidgood

    ROCK-HEAD SCIENCES is pleased to announce our first ongoing guest blog by a student who will share her field experiences in Peru throughout the Summer of 2014. Anna Bidgood is currently an undergraduate student who is studying Earth Science at Oxford University. She is working for a mining company this summer in the remote Peruvian Andes as an exploration geologist. Follow this guest blog for updates from Anna as she searches for copper porphyry deposits and experiences the local communities. Anna will be updating this blog on an ongoing basis, so stay tuned for more updates! ANNA’S BLOG (UPDATED SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 – see “The ins and outs of copper porphyry exploration” below): Background As a fourth-year undergraduate geologist at Oxford University, I really relish the opportunity to work abroad and gain the experience of working as an exploration geologist. It’s fantastic that there are opportunities for me and my peers

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  • Volcanologist, Dr. Rebecca Williams @Volcanologist: A Day in the Life Series

    Pahoehoe lava flow, observed whilst working as a gas geochemist at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

    NAME:  Dr. Rebecca Williams CURRENT TITLE:  Lecturer in Geology (Volcanology) at the University of Hull, United Kingdom, since February 2013. AREA OF EXPERTISE:  I’m a volcanologist who specialises in hazardous volcanic flows, igneous petrology and geochemistry. YEARS EXPERIENCE:  9 years of education, and 5 years working as a volcanologist. EDUCATION: BSc Geology, Royal Holloway, University of London. 1999-2002; MS Geology (Volcanology), University at Buffalo, State University of New York, 2004-2006; PhD Geology (Volcanology), University of Leicester, 2006-2010. WEBSITE:  http://www2.hull.ac.uk/science/gees.aspx What’s your job like? Mostly brilliant! It’s very varied and changes from day-to-day, and throughout the year. There are two main sides to my job, teaching and research, though they both inform the other! The research I do is reasonably varied. My first love is hazardous volcanic flows, like lahars and pyroclastic density currents. I study the deposits from these flows in the field at a variety of volcanoes around the world (e.g. http://gees-talk.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/whats-that-coming-over-hill.html). I also simulate these currents using computer

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  • PhD Student/Tutor, Glacial Geology, Laura Hayes @poorlysorted: A Day in the Life Series

    Laura Hayes

    NAME:  Laura Hayes CURRENT TITLE:  Geology tutor and PhD Student AREA OF EXPERTISE:  Glacial geology/geomorphology.  Geology tutor at Anglo Skills College in Nottingham and PhD student at the University of Sheffield. EDUCATION:  Six years of education down (BS University of Minnesota; MS University of Wisconsin), three (PhD University of Sheffield) to go! WEBSITE:  http://poorlysorted.postach.io/ What’s your job like? At the moment, it’s quiet. I’ve just returned from living in the Midwest of the United States. I had been teaching large (~80 students) introductory earth sciences, but now I am teaching one ESL student from Libya as part of a test course on introductory geology that the college is developing for ESL students from the Middle East who are going back to work in the oil industry. Things are about to get hectic as I start my PhD in October, and I am about to embark as a field work assistant (another side

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  • Professor Emeritus, Environmental Engineering & Sustainability, Dr. J. J. Delfino: A Day in the Life Series

    NAME:  J. J. Delfino CURRENT TITLE:  Professor Emeritus, Environmental Engineering Sciences, University of Florida. AREA OF EXPERTISE:  Field of specialization is water resources, with aquatic chemistry as the key specialty. Broader interest involves industrial ecology which, according to some writers, is the science of sustainability. This work is somewhat off point compared with the majority of fields dealing with geology. However, geology does influence the chemistry of natural waters and the ocean quite a bit, so in that regard, aquatic chemistry is tied in closely with geology. In fact, it’s quite close as a “wet” version of geochemistry. YEARS EXPERIENCE:  Total academic career at two universities has been 45+ years. What’s your job like? An academic job is one of the best that a scholarly oriented professional scientist and engineer can expect. A faculty member generally can choose the courses one wants to teach and can conduct research in areas of

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  • Want a job promotion? Try these tips.


    Are you trying to get promoted but are unsure of what to do? Promotions can certainly appear to be elusive, frustrating and unattainable, but it just might be that you haven’t been told the expectations from your manager. Each manager is different, of course, and employers have requirements for years of experience and the availability of funding, but don’t be afraid to ask your manager for his or her expectations. It’s better to ask than try to read their minds on this or expect that they will just naturally see your talent. Be proactive and let them know you’re interested. Here are some examples of the expectations I have regarding promotions in my work place. Even if your manager has different expectations, following these tips will strengthen your presence at your current job or in future ones. Increase your dedication. You’ve heard the phrase, “Going the extra mile,” I’m sure on numerous

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  • Assistant Dean/Professor, Paleontology, Dr. Peter Harries: A Day in the Life series

    NAME:  Peter Harries CURRENT TITLE:  Professor and Assistant Dean, Office of Graduate Studies, University of South Florida, United States AREA OF EXPERTISE:  Invertebrate Paleontology, Stratigraphy, Field Studies YEARS EXPERIENCE:  21 EDUCATION: BS in Geology and Geophysics, Yale University, 1984; PhD in Geological Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1993 WEBSITE:  http://www.grad.usf.edu/staff_harries.php What’s your job like? My job consists of two components: being a professor and serving in the administration. The big difference between the two is their scope. The first is focused pretty immediately on my academic area of expertise: paleontology. Within that scope, I teach paleontology classes and also advise a number of research projects with both undergraduates and graduates. My administrative job involves a much broader perspective on graduate education at the University of South Florida. What’s a typical day like? I don’t think I have a typical day, as I’m constantly migrating between the demands of the two pieces of my job. What’s

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  • Rock-Paper-Fossils? An informative interview with a Professional Hydrogeologist! By Kostas Mandilaris

    Drilling Rig

    Hi everyone!  Just a short post to let you know that about a week ago, hydrogeology student, Kostas Mandilaris, asked if he could interview me on my career in hydrogeology, since he will soon be starting an MSc program in hydrogeology this fall in Uppsala, Sweden.  Not only did he want to learn more about my career, but he also wanted to add the interview to his blog, “The Pursuit of Happiness – Preparing for Life in Uppsala,” to share the information with other students.  He has several interesting posts on his blog about his life since deciding to move from Greece to Sweden, so this interview fits right in. His questions were well prepared, and he asked several that build on the “A Day in the Life” series. Stop by and see! Here’s the link to the interview:  Rock-Paper-Fossils? An informational interview with a professional hydrogeologist! Kostas is also looking for

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  • Manager, Emergency Mgmt, Richard Woods @RichardWoodsNZ: A Day in the Life series

    Richard Woods, Emergency Management

    NAME:  Richard Woods CURRENT TITLE:  Manager Planning and Intelligence, Civil Defence & Emergency Management, Auckland Council, New Zealand AREA OF EXPERTISE:  Physical geography specialising in geomorphology, emergency management and risk assessment. YEARS EXPERIENCE:  7 years university and 7 years hazards and emergency management. EDUCATION: Physical Geography undergrad with a number of geology papers. Post Graduate Diploma in Physical Geography with an emphasis on paraglacial geomorphology evolution in New Zealand’s Fox Glacier basin.  The term “paraglacial” is contentious, but science should always be challenged WEBSITE:  http://www.aucklandcivildefence.org.nz VIDEO:  www.youtube.com/aucklandcivildefence What’s your job like? Auckland Civil Defence and Emergency Management co-ordinates emergencies and crisis management for approximately 1.5 million people comprising one-third of New Zealand’s population. My role has responsibility for two portfolios: Hazards 1. Work with leading New Zealand scientific organisations to undertake hazards research to reduce risk in Auckland. 2. Manage regional investigations – examples include coastal inundation, tsunami and earthquake

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  • Research Assistant, Volcanic Hazards, Elaine Smid @lavabombs: A Day in the Life Series

    Elaine Smid - Presenting at scientific conferences

    NAME:  Elaine Smid CURRENT TITLE:  Research Scientist AREA OF EXPERTISE:  Volcanic Hazards YEARS EXPERIENCE:  6 EDUCATION: B.A. Environmental Science, University of Virginia (2000); M.S. Geology & Geophysics, University of Hawai’i at Manoa (2004); PhD in progress, University of Auckland WEBSITE: https://unidirectory.auckland.ac.nz/profile/e-smid What’s your job like? I would describe my job as challenging, but always fun and very rewarding. I am a research and project management assistant for a long-term, multi-disciplinary international research project aiming to quantify the volcanic risk to people and the services they rely on to live in Auckland, New Zealand. The project is called DEtermining VOlcanic Risk in Auckland (or ‘DEVORA’ for short) (see: http://devora.org.nz). The problem is that Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city and lies directly atop a dormant volcanic field that could produce an eruption at any time, threatening the lives and livelihoods of 1.5 million people. The DEVORA project is all about understanding

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  • Intern, Structural Geologist, Timothy Sherry @tsherryUSA: A Day in the Life Series

    NAME:  Timothy J Sherry CURRENT TITLE:  Earth Science Intern, Geology & Geophysical Operations, Chevron AREA OF EXPERTISE:  Structural and Earthquake Geology YEARS EXPERIENCE:  2 EDUCATION: Wrapping up MSc at McGill University WEBSITE: http://upsection.blogspot.com What’s your job like? When most people hear the word “internship” they think of a college kid running around fetching cups of coffee for meetings, making photocopies, and organizing files. This is not the case. As an intern (this is true both for last summer and this summer), I was given a project that contributed to my teams. In other words, the projects matter, and the results are used by the team. I’ve now worked two internships for two different sides of the company as a structural geologist. Last year I was on an exploration team, and my project had a large research component digging into the previous literature. On top of that I learned and gained experience interpreting

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