Thanks to our 29 supporters, we reached our crowdfunding target of £500 on the 14th June! This means we can buy our equipment, recording and editing software and get our own web domain! We will be in the process of changing things on here in response as of next month, populating it with more information and by mid/late July, our first episodes.
In the meantime, on our Twitter account we announced our first block of earth science guests:
Tesfaye is a geophysicist and PhD researcher at the University of Bristol. He is investigating the ground deformation caused by dyke intrusions in East Africa. The data used for this study comes from the Envisat satellite that was operated by the European Space Agency (ESA). This study will be used to understand the rifting process of the East African Rifts.
Helen researches Geothermal Energy in the East African Rift Valley and is passionate about “all things East African geology”. She has previously conducted fieldwork in Kenya and Ethiopia for her PhD and is currently a research Assistant with the University of Stratclyde working on sustainable hydrogeology for geothermal development in Malawi.
Nadine graduated last summer from UCL with a Masters, where she studied Paleoproterozoic (~1.96 billion years old) stromatolite from Belcher Islands in Canada, and now she is an intern at the Grant Museum of Zoology. She hosts a science communication twitter game called #AreYouSiO2 as well as running the #365Minerals hashtag where she shares facts of minerals. She also co-moderates @realsci_DE – the German version of Real Scientists.
Dr. Janine Krippner is a volcanologist and Postdoctoral researcher at Concord University, West Virginia, USA. Her research has focused on explosive volcanism, in particular, pyroclastic flows. Her current work involves a project on volcanic ash from the Cascades volcanoes, and bringing together global tephra databases. She is involved in science communication on social media and with international media, working to raise awareness on volcanic hazards, risk, and preparedness, and current volcanic events.
Dr. Ellen Moon is a lecturer in environmental engineering at Deakin University, Australia. Her research focuses on the mobility of heavy metals in the environment, and their molecular-level relationship with mineral structures and surfaces. Ellen received her PhD in geochemistry from the University of Southampton, UK in 2012 and since then has worked in the mineral processing industry as well as in academia. Her recent research has focussed on metal mobility in a partially remediated acid sulfate soil wetland.
Becky is originally from the UK but currently studying abroad in Canada. She is a PhD student at McGill University, where she studies the textures and chemistry of volcanic bombs that were erupted out during rare, highly explosive eruptions from rhyolite volcanoes. This research helps us better understand how volcanoes behave and translate into better hazard information for local authorities keeping people safe. Outside of her work, Becky enjoys hiking, skiing, cycling and running, as well as being an expert baking taster.