• NEW POST! Director, Life & Physical Science, Dr. Phil Ashworth @RioParana: A Day in the Life Series

    Professor Phil Ashworth on the Columbia River, Oregon, United States. Copyright Phil Ashworth

    NAME:  Professor Phil Ashworth CURRENT TITLE:  Director of Research and Development for the Life and Physical Sciences at the University of Brighton. Also, Professor of Physical Geography. AREA OF EXPERTISE:  River dynamics, fluvial sedimentology, geomorphology, alluvial architecture, hydrocarbon reservoir characterisation YEARS EXPERIENCE:  I was a Professor of Geography at the University of Leeds for 12 years before moving to Brighton in 2000. I enjoyed a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Fellowship back in the 1980s which allowed me to work with Chris Paola and Gary Parker at the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory (Minnesota, United States). EDUCATION: 1980-83: Geography BSc (Hons), University of Aberystwyth, Wales 1983-86: NERC PhD,  Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Stirling, Scotland 1987-88: NERC Fellowship, Universities of Minnesota and Stirling 1988-2000: Lecturer-Professor, University of Leeds 2000-present: Professor of Physical Geography, University of Brighton 2012-present: Director of Research and Development, University of Brighton WEBSITE:  http://about.brighton.ac.uk/set/contact/details.php?uid=pa73 What’s your job like?

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  • Geoscientist, Geochemical Analysis, Dr. Chuck Magee @cwmagee: A Day in the Life Series

    Dr. Chuck Magee, Geosience Applications Specialist

    NAME:  Dr. Chuck Magee CURRENT TITLE:  Geoscience Applications Specialist AREA OF EXPERTISE:  Geochemical analysis YEARS EXPERIENCE:  Five years in this job, and 6 years in previous analytical positions EDUCATION: Ph.D. in geology WEBSITE:  http://www.asi-pl.com.au/ What’s your job like? I’m a geologist working for an engineering firm that makes the Sensitive High-Resolution Ion Microprobe (SHRIMP), an instrument used to for geochemical analysis.  As a result, my job is varied.  Once the engineers assemble the instruments, I help troubleshoot them and get them operational.  I then train the customers to use their instrumentation.  As most of our customers are international, the job involves a fair amount of travel, often to countries with different languages, alphabets, cultures, etc. In addition to the website above, information on SHRIMP can be found at the following link:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensitive_high-resolution_ion_microprobe What’s a typical day like? Currently, I am doing a field installation in Tokyo.  I get to the customer

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  • “Assessing Aquifers” by Sandie Will @RockHeadScience for @GeoDrilling International

    Drilling Rig

    Earlier this year, I was approached by GeoDrilling International to write an article for their magazine.  Since their September issues focus primarily on coring, I prepared an article related to the work we do in water resources.  I have a staff of 15 who collect, test, analyze, and report on lithostratigraphic and hydrostratigraphic characteristics of several aquifers in Florida including the surficial, Hawthorn (formerly known as intermediate), Upper Floridan and Lower Floridan.  Water supply is primarily drawn from the Upper Floridan aquifer in the southwest region of Florida and new studies are currently underway of the Lower Floridan aquifer. Staff include drillers, geologists and technicians who spend years at a site to collected the needed data.  This includes three phases of field work:  1) coring and testing; 2) well construction; and 3) aquifer performance testing.  The article, “Assessing Aquifers,” was published in the September 2014 issue of GeoDrilling International and describes

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  • Lecturer, Bioglaciology, Dr. Joseph Cook @tothepoles: A Day in the Life Series

    Dr. Joseph Cook

    NAME:  Dr. Joseph Cook CURRENT TITLE:  Lecturer in Life and Natural Sciences, University of Derby, United Kingdom AREA OF EXPERTISE:  My background is in glaciology, in particular the “bioglaciological” processes that operate on ice surfaces. My PhD thesis focussed upon carbon fluxes in and around “cryoconite holes” – quasi-cylindrical pits on glacier surfaces that house a range of microbes. YEARS EXPERIENCE:  I have held this position for one year (since September 2013), so have only just settled into my current role. EDUCATION:  I completed my PhD at the University of Sheffield, where I was also an undergrad (BSc Physical Geography). WEBSITE:   http://tothepoles.wordpress.com What’s your job like? My job is very varied. The first year was *very* hectic. The learning curve was very steep, the hours long, and I was also commuting two hours each way each day to get to and from the uni.  However, there are many hugely rewarding aspects of

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  • 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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