Amy wins her place in geology

21 April 2003

Amy Kernich, from Gumeracha, in the North Eastern Adelaide Hills, is one of six new graduates recruited to Geoscience Australia's 2003 graduate program. She was shortlisted from 74 applicants across the country.

Geoscience Australia's Graduate Program aims to keep the organisation at the forefront of geoscience. The program is seen as a strategy for promoting regeneration within the organisation, by attracting new talents, perspectives, strengths and knowledge.

The program is challenging, as recruits are encouraged to work outside their areas of expertise, completing three rotations during the year.

Amy's first rotation is within Geoscience Australia's Minerals and Geohazards group, working closely with the Co-operative Research Centre for Landscape, Environments and Mineral Exploration.

Amy is currently working on a project which is evaluating the use of airborne geophysics for mapping and assessing salinity hazards. Amy's contribution will be to produce a 3D map of the top 20 metres of this study area in the Lower Balonne catchment, south west Queensland. This will reveal the relationships between the distribution of sediments and water stores underground.

"I am really enjoying this project" she said. "It is important work which will eventually help our communities with land management practices."

Geology was a natural progression for Amy, who spent her childhood on a farm in Gumeracha, SA.

"I guess I was always attracted to the outdoors and conscious of the environment," she said.

Amy went on to do a Bachelor of Environmental Science at Adelaide University, completing an honours project in geology.

Winning a place on Geoscience Australia's graduate program was wonderful news for Amy.

"I felt that it was an awesome opportunity to expand on my knowledge and my skills as a scientist" she said. "I don't think I could have found a better opportunity. There are so many training opportunities here, encouraging us to develop better scientific, technical and managerial skills".

Amy is getting used to life in Ainslie, Canberra. "I miss Adelaide, but I suppose you always miss your home, but I look forward to lots of bush walking and camping around Canberra"

Work is already in hand on next year's graduate intake, with university visits beginning at the end of April.

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