Amber sitting on an 850 million year old microbial reef from the Bitter Springs Formation in Central Australia

I was six years old when my Dad took me to see Jurassic Park at the movies. I soon became obsessed with dinosaurs, fossils and rocks and decided I wanted to become a palaeontologist or geologist. I studied science through school and university, graduating from the Australian National University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science, double majoring in geology and biology and first class Honours. During my honours I analysed the molecular breakdown products of algae, a form of early complex life.

After graduating, I took a 'gap year' where I worked at Geoscience Australia as a laboratory technician. It was an amazing opportunity to become immersed in different projects through the organisation. While working in the labs I met a number of amazing scientists who inspired me to begin my PhD, and my goal was to later return to Geoscience Australia as a geoscientist.

I hope to be able to bring my passion for geoscience and new knowledge into the organisation and continue learning new exciting things during my career. In my first rotation I am using satellite data to detect evidence of previous and current landslide events in Papua New Guinea. This project is in an entirely new field to me. I look forward to developing my Geographic Information Systems (GIS) skills and learning more about satellite radar data.

Meet the 2014 graduates