Emma Flannery

Geoscience Australia graduate Emma Flannery working in the laboratory

My interest in the geosciences stems from my enjoyment of exploring the great outdoors. I was born in suburban Sydney and as a child travelled with family through remote and beautiful areas of Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia, including trips to Groote Eylandt, Shark Bay and Cape York. I was fascinated with the outback and became particularly interested in evolution after finding fossils of organisms that beared no resemblance to modern day life.

After finishing high school I moved to Darwin to work for a conservation organisation. This allowed me to travel to stunning areas across the state to improve and monitor the environment. In 2009 I began the degree of Bachelor of Advanced Science at Macquarie University in Sydney with a major in palaeontology and minor in geology. I also undertook several chemistry subjects and wished to combine all three disciplines in an Honours project. I was lucky enough to be able to do this, and I completed an honours degree in 2012 in organic geochemistry. My research revealed the nature of past life by the analysis of organic molecules in 1.4 billion year old rocks.

The graduate program at Geoscience Australia appealed to me because of the opportunity to undertake several applied science projects in a diverse range of disciplines. My first rotation is studying the effect of potential sampling bias on the results of marine biodiversity surveys. This project will allow me to gain experience in ecology and biostatistics, and to improve my Geographic Information System (GIS) skills.

Meet the 2013 graduates