I first became interested in geology and physics when I began a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Newcastle. I then moved to Sydney to study geology and geophysics at Macquarie University. After completing my Bachelor of Science degree I undertook an Honours project in geodynamics which involved creating numerical simulations of the Earth’s mantle, the layer between the Earth’s core and crust. My Honours project specifically looked at the behaviour of mantle plumes, which are columns of hot, buoyant rock, believed to exist within the mantle. Mantle plumes behave in a similar way to the rising blobs you see in lava lamps.
I also worked part-time at a geotechnical firm while studying, which gave me a chance to learn more about geophysical survey design and data analysis in a workplace environment.
I was attracted to the Geoscience Australia Graduate Program because it offered me a chance to explore a range of disciplines without specialising in a specific area. I think that the focus of work towards fields of both public and scientific interest is undoubtedly a key function and benefit of working at Geoscience Australia.
I am working with the Geothermal Group during my first rotation to create heat flow maps of Australia. Geoscience Australia is currently conducting research to better understand the regional heat flow patterns across Australia to encourage industry exploration.
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