What is your current position?
I am currently a research specialist in the Petroleum section at ISGS.
What does your day to day schedule look like?
I am currently in a machine learning and data analytics course, but much of my time is currently spent preparing maps for reports and data exploration, and also mining data from ISGS analytical and publication databases to synthesize accurate assessments of geologic conditions for the various contracts that I am working on.
What drew you to your field of study?
The flow of life and opportunities. In school, I originally studied mathematics and computer science but realized that I was unhappy in that world. I took some time off to figure out what I wanted to do and settled on Earth Science. Since 2010, I have been working for the ISGS in various capacities: student, academic hourly, and now research specialist.
What part of your job would be surprising to non-scientists?
I think a lot of people would be surprised by how little lab work I do. Most of what I do is really data mining and collection from ISGS scientists and presenting the information in the form of maps and reports. That said, the entire workflow is scientifically designed and driven.
What project are you most proud of?
I’m proud of all the geologic carbon sequestration projects I’ve been able to work on. From research scale to industrial scale, I’ve been heavily involved in a variety of those projects areas. Given the state of global climate dynamics, I’m proud to be working in a field that I believe can be a successful part of the solution.
What advice would you give to future scientists in your field?
I think to be successful in this field you have to put a little extra time and emphasis on three main areas: A solid base of knowledge and ability in programming, a need will only increase over time, advanced statistical and data analytical experience, and for grant-driven work especially, knowledge of grant/proposal writing requirements.