• New Guest Post! 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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  • New Guest Post! 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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  • 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 JULY 17, 2014): 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 that send us half way across the world for three months

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  • Undergraduate and Exploration Geologist, Anna Bidgood, @akbidgood: A Day in the Life Series

    Anna Bidgood, Geologist.

    NAME:  Anna Bidgood CURRENT TITLE:  Undergraduate and exploration geologist YEARS EXPERIENCE:  1 EDUCATION:  I am currently an undergraduate studying Earth Science at Oxford University. This summer, I am working for a mining company in exploration geology in Peru, looking for copper porphyry deposits. I am about to start my 4th year MEarthSci, where I will be studying metamorphic rocks from Massachusetts. I will be trying to uncover the story recorded in the garnets in these rocks to figure out what pressure and temperature they reached in the Earth, when the mountains were being built. I studied geology at Sedbergh School which then led me on to study Earth Sciences at Oxford. My love of fieldwork led me to undertake my mapping project in South Greenland, and this year, I am spending the summer in the remote Andes. WEBSITE:  http://annabidgood.wordpress.com/ What’s your job like? My job is extremely varied; you never know

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  • Lecturer, Glacial/Quaternary Geomorphology, Dr. Lynda Yorke @DrLyndaYorke: A Day in the Life Series

    geomorphologist

    NAME:  Lynda Yorke CURRENT TITLE:  Lecturer in Physical Geography AREA OF EXPERTISE:  My background is in fluvial geomorphology and reconstructing river response to change, but during my doctorate, I became much more interested in glacial histories, sedimentology and Quaternary landforms, so my research tends to straddle the interface between deglacial and postglacial environments. YEARS EXPERIENCE:  I’ve had quite a potted history, working before my undergrad and after my masters, but I’ve spent the last 15 years in/around academia. EDUCATION: I have a BSc. (hons) in Geography (Northumbria), a Masters in Geomorphology and Environmental Change (Durham), and my PhD is in Quaternary Geology (Hull).  I did a post doc at Liverpool uni, returning to my fluvial background, before taking up a lectureship. WEBSITE: http://www.bangor.ac.uk/senrgy/staff/yorke.php.en What’s your job like? I’m a lecturer so that entails teaching of course, but my job also requires me to be an active researcher and to play

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  • Assistant Professor, Vertebrate Paleontology, Dr. Benjamin Burger @benjamin_burger: A Day in the Life Series

    paleontologist

    NAME:  Benjamin Burger CURRENT TITLE:  Assistant Professor AREA OF EXPERTISE:  Vertebrate Paleontology (fossil mammals) YEARS EXPERIENCE:  20 EDUCATION:  PhD in Geology, University of Colorado; MS in Anatomy, Stony Brook University in New York; BS in Geology, University of Colorado WEBSITE:  http://www.benjamin-burger.org What’s your job like? I’ve worked numerous jobs as a paleontologist, from organizing fossils in museum collections, to salvaging fossils from industrial building projects (roads, pipelines, but mostly oil and gas development on public lands in the Western United States), as well as teaching full time to hundreds of college students. What’s a typical day like? Typical days depend on the season and current job. Right now, I’m lucky to be teaching full time, but a typical paleontologist in the United States is working on fossil salvage and mitigation projects. This requires an early start as the sun rises (6am), a safety meeting before heading to the project area, then

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  • PhD Candidate, Geomagnetism & Palaeomagnetism: A Day in the Life Series @LauRob85

    NAME:  Laura CURRENT TITLE:  PhD Candidate AREA OF EXPERTISE:  Geomagnetism/palaeomagnetism YEARS EXPERIENCE:  I’m about to submit my thesis, so I’ve been doing my PhD for nearly 4 years. Prior to that I was an environmental consultant for 3 years. EDUCATION: MSci Geology from the University of Liverpool. WEBSITE:  http://blogs.egu.eu/geojenga/ What’s your job like?  My job is very varied. It’s allowed me to travel all over the world and work with and meet some awesome people. Mostly, I am based at my lab in Liverpool (UK). If I’m there, I spend the majority of my time doing experiments using one of the numerous instruments we have there. I’ve also spent a chunk of my PhD visiting a lab in Holland, at Utrecht University and using a nifty piece of kit (it’s called the robot) there that does experiments a lot quicker than I could at Liverpool. When I’m not doing lab

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  • Professor, Volcanology, Dr. David Pyle @davidmpyle: A Day in the Life Series

    Reconstructing a volcanic eruption for London Volcano. Copyright David Pyle

    NAME:  David Pyle CURRENT TITLE:  Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford, UK. AREA OF EXPERTISE:  My research is mainly in the area of volcanology, igneous petrology and geochemistry – unravelling the stories of past volcanic eruptions, and trying to work out what makes volcanoes ‘tick’. My current research projects are focussed in Latin America (southern Chile; Ecuador and Colombia); the eastern Caribbean (St Vincent and Montserrat) and Ethiopia. YEARS EXPERIENCE:  about 25 years in research EDUCATION: B.A. in Geological Sciences, and PhD in Volcanology at the University of Cambridge; postdoctoral research at the California Institute of Technology (CalTech), and then lecturerships in Cambridge, followed by Oxford. WEBSITE: http://www.earth.ox.ac.uk/people/profiles/academic/davidp What’s your job like? My job varies from day to day, and the perennial challenge is to keep the research going while balancing all of the daily tasks that can end up consuming most of your time. During term

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  • Senior Manager, Gold Mining, Dave Eden: A Day in the Life Series @tarwathie

    Dave Eden

    NAME:  Dave Eden CURRENT TITLE:  Senior Manager, Technical Services with a gold mining company AREA OF EXPERTISE:  International gold mining. I work in the geology department of corporate Technical Services, where I manage the preparation of mineral resource and reserve statements, which are basically estimates of how much gold is in the ground at our mines. Another large part of my job is to edit, write and project manage the preparation of multi-disciplinary technical reports on our properties. YEARS EXPERIENCE:  18 EDUCATION: My undergraduate degree is in Geological Engineering and I have an M.Sc. in Geology and an MBA. What’s your job like? My job is in the corporate head office, but I also travel to our mine sites a few times per year. My work is very people focussed, with a lot of time spent ensuring that the right people get the right information when they need it. I

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  • Director, Glaciology, Dr. Neil Glasser: A Day in the Life Series @NeilNfg @MAGICDML

    San Rafael Glacier, Chile. Copyright Neil Glasser

    NAME:  Professor Neil Glasser CURRENT TITLE:  Director of the newly formed Institute of Geography, History and Politics, and Professor of Physical Geography in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University in Wales. AREA OF EXPERTISE:  My research covers many aspects of climate change and its effects on ice sheets, glaciers and sea-level. I have been lucky enough to undertake fieldwork research in many parts of the world including Greenland, Antarctica, Patagonia, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Svalbard, the Andes and the Himalayas. Prior to taking up the role as Institute Director, I held a number of roles in the Department, including various aspects of teaching, research and administration. I have also held the position as Dean of the Faculty of Science.  In 2006-07, I was a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar at the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado. Most of my teaching is in Physical Geography, including

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