I’m a Researcher at the University of Oslo in Norway, usually exploring underground using x-ray vision. I’m especially interested in how geology can be used in the energy industry to help tackle climate change.
I recently moved to Norway to start a new job at the University of Oslo (I love the snow but I’m still getting used to the cold). Before that I lived in London for 5 years. I like books (currently reading The watchmaker of Filigree Street – recommend), musicals (I know most of the words to most of the songs in Hamilton), rabbits (used to have a pet one) and languages (still learning French). And rocks, duh.
I explore rocks underground and try to figure out what that tells us about the earth's past. My current research is focussed on how we can safely store carbon dioxide there, instead of emitting it into the atmosphere.
My Typical Day:
Most of my work can be done in front of a computer, analysing data collected to create images of the rocks underground. I also have lots of discussions with my colleagues and teach students. But quite often I go away on fieldtrips to look at real rocks which is a nice perk of being a geologist (especially when the destination is somewhere sunny)!
The CHRISTMAS LECTURE related to my work:
I worked as a Researcher on all three episodes of the Christmas Lectures! As part of the production team behind the scenes I helped find interesting content for the show, edited the scripts, sourced props for the stage and booked most of the guests! But my background is in geology so my work relates mainly to Lecture 1: Engine Earth.
My favourite CHRISTMAS LECTURE memory is:
The earth history timeline at the start of Lecture 1!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Generally winging it
What did you want to be after you left school?
I had no idea! Chose geoscience because it sounded interesting...
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Often for wearing shorts...
What's your favourite food?