I did my school years and undergrad in Germany, then a PhD at Leicester Uni.
A-levels, "Diplom" and PhD (in geology)
Mostly at Leicester Uni, I really haven't got very far yet...
Research Assistant working on the building stones of Leicester
University of Leicester
Favourite thing to do in my job Explore! Learn new things!
I am a geologist with a passion for volcanoes but I am also into climate change
I did geology at uni because it gave me the opportunity to travel the world. Then I discovered volcanoes! I did a semester abroad in Hawaii to get some volcanology experience which was fantastic and confirmed that I wanted to become a volcanologist. So I went and got a PhD (research degree) in volcanoes. I’ve not worked very much in this field though as there aren’t many jobs so I work in geology more generally. I believe we should all be working towards a zero-carbon sustainable society and economy and this is an area I’d like to work in next.
My Typical Day
Staring at a computer screen plotting chemical data or exploring in Google Earth. Taking pictures of buildings to assess the materials they are made from
What I'd do with the money
Make climate science open to pupils
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
curious, persistent, passionate
What was your favourite subject at school?
Probably geography but I enjoyed languages also.
What did you want to be after you left school?
I had no idea for a long time... Then I discovered geology at a university open day!
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Not really, I was kind of boring.
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
A riding instructor, baker or dancer
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Little Mix, Shawn Mendes, Rita Ora....
What's your favourite food?
Italian. I love pasta
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Climb up an active volcano!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Some job security. Other than that I'm pretty happy.
Tell us a joke.
What do atoms and Donald Trump have in common? The make up everything!
Sampling the rocks on a volcanic island in Italy (I had to hire a boat!). I brought the rocks back to the UK to find out their age and chemical composition, helping me to figure out the history this volcano had undergone.