• NEW POST! Post Doc Research Assistant, Hydrometeorology & Modelling, Chris Skinner @cloudskinner: A Day in the Life Series

    Chris Skinner

    NAME:  Chris Skinner CURRENT TITLE:  Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Modelling Fluvial Geomorphology at the University of Hull, United Kingdom, since June 2014. AREA OF EXPERTISE:  I’m kind of in between being a Hydrometeorologist and a Geomorphologist. That’s where I like to be as I think the best science happens between fields rather than solely within them. I specialise in looking at the different sorts of uncertainties in the modelling process and how they interact with one another. YEARS EXPERIENCE:   I have 8 years of education and a year and a bit as Researcher. In the middle of that I worked as a Sustainable Transport Planner for a couple of years, which taught me a lot of valuable transferable skills! EDUCATION:  MPhysGeog, University of Hull 2002-2006; Short course on Planetary Science and the Search for Life, Open University, 2009; PhD Hydrometeorology, University of Hull, 2009-2013 WEBSITE:   http://www.hull.ac.uk/gees What’s your job like? Busy.

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  • PhD Student, Water Resources, Jimmy O’Keeffe: A Day in the Life Series @Jimmy_Okeeffe

    Jimmy O'Keeffe working in India

    NAME:  Jimmy O’Keeffe CURRENT TITLE:  PhD student at Imperial College London AREA OF EXPERTISE:  Water resources YEARS OF EXPERIENCE:  Almost 5 years in consultancies in the UK and Ireland; mainly on a variety of water resource and land contamination projects. Two years into PhD programme at Imperial College London EDUCATION:  BSc Environmental Sciences/Physical Geography, University College Cork; MSc Hydrogeology, Cardiff University WEBSITE:  http://paramo.cc.ic.ac.uk/india/ What’s your job like? My research looks at the impacts of irrigation on water resources in the Ganges Basin, mostly in the state of Uttar Pradesh in North India. Uttar Pradesh is home to about 200 million people, the majority of whom depend on agriculture for a living. Agriculture in turn depends on water, and somewhere in the region of 90% of all water used in the state is for irrigation. However, exactly how much water is used, where it’s used, and the different drivers behind water

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  • Assistant Professor, Paleoclimatology, @DanPeppe: A Day in the Life Series

    Dan Peppe, Ethiopia field work

    NAME:  Dan Peppe CURRENT TITLE:  Assistant Professor of Geology AREA OF EXPERTISE:  Paleobotany, paleoclimatology, sedimentology and stratigraphy, paleomagnetism YEARS EXPERIENCE:  11 (5 as graduate student, 1 as post-doc, 5 as Assistant Professor) EDUCATION:  BS in Geology, St. Lawrence University; MPhil in Geology, Yale University; PhD in Geology, Yale University WEBSITE:  http://www.danielpeppe.com What’s your job like? My job is quite varied and depends on the time of the year.  As an Assistant Professor my job is split between research and teaching. During the academic year, I spend most of my time teaching, advising students, conducting research in the lab, and working to write up the results of my research projects.  My lab research is focused on preparing, identifying, describing, and analyzing fossil leaves and on analyzing paleomagnetism samples. Between semesters in the winter and during the summer months, I spend most of my time doing research. Most of my research is field based,

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  • Consultant Mineralogist, Dr. Christopher Brough @ChrisPBrough: A Day in the Life Series


    NAME: Dr. Christopher Brough CURRENT TITLE: Consultant Mineralogist at SRK Consulting AREA OF EXPERTISE:  Mineralogy YEARS EXPERIENCE: 12 (9 years of education and 3 years in industry) EDUCATION:  Two Master’s degrees and one PhD What’s your job like? Mostly fascinating. The mining industry works ultimately towards the provision of necessary materials to every form of manufacturing industry, from solar panels to car manufacturing to mobile phones. If we can’t grow it, we mine it, and it feels a privilege to be a part of such an integral industry to day to day living. What’s a typical day like? Work is quite varied, and I can be travelling abroad to visit a site or back in the office working on already collected samples. When back in the office, the work is generally quite regular consisting of reflected and transmitted light microscopy, electron microscopy or report writing around that. When abroad, the work

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  • Postdoc Research Assistant, Glaciology, Dr. Matt Westoby @MattWestoby: A Day in the Life Series

    Field observations glacial lake

    NAME:  Dr. Matt Westoby CURRENT TITLE:  Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Department of Geography, Northumbria University, Newcastle, United Kingdom AREA OF EXPERTISE:  Glacial hazards / high-mountain glaciology; numerical dam-breach and outburst flood modelling; high-resolution topographic surveying methods for glaciological applications (TLS, SfM, etc.) YEARS EXPERIENCE:  1 month Postdoctoral Research Assistant (Aug 2014 – present); 14 months private sector environmental consultancy (June 2013 – Aug 2014); 7.5 years higher education (BSc, MSc, PhD) EDUCATION: BSc Physical Geography, University of Southampton (2004-2007); MSc Glaciology and PhD research, Centre for Glaciology, Aberystwyth University (2008-2013) What’s your job like? Fantastic! I’ve been in my current position at Northumbria for exactly one month, and the time has flown! I’m employed as a post-doc researcher on a NERC-funded project that is investigating the evolution of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet over recent interglacial-glacial cycles. Sadly, I missed the boat on undertaking fieldwork in Antarctic, and so the majority of my time at the

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  • 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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  • 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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