Floyd Howard

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Originally from Newcastle, I completed a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Geology and Geography, at the University of Sydney in 2009. I started studying Mathematics but developed an interest in the geosciences after picking geology as an elective subject during my first year at university. With its strong outdoor focus, it did not take me long to realise that this was the science for me.

Floyd - 2012 Graduate

After finishing my undergraduate degree, I undertook an Honours project to investigate why and when Aboriginal people abandoned Kangaroo Island by studying the geochemical, pollen and charcoal records preserved in lagoon sediments.

I was attracted to Geoscience Australia’s Graduate Program because it provides the opportunity to be involved in a number of projects from a broad range of disciplines outside my undergraduate experience.

My first rotation is on a project looking at the potential for using social media for rapidly detecting and gathering situational information about earthquakes in Australia. The project will help to fill any gaps between when an earthquake actually occurs and when data is received from the seismic detectors because people close to earthquakes can provide information immediately about the shaking.  In contrast, analysis of scientific data can take up to 20 minutes.

Meet the 2012 graduates

Topic contact: recruitment@ga.gov.au Last updated: June 17, 2013