Earth processes had always fascinated me, so I studied for an undergraduate degree in geology at the University of Edinburgh. I loved fieldwork and learning about things as varied as fossils, faults and magma chambers, and I graduated with a first class degree in 2010.
After this, I went to work as a geoscientist in an oil and gas consultancy. Here I pieced together different bits of geological information, such as wireline logs, cross-sections and geochemical data, to determine sites of likely hydrocarbon deposition and reservoir quality rocks.
In 2017 I joined the Geophysical Hazards MSc at UCL, where I learned about the physical processes underpinning natural hazards, as well as the importance of hazard communication. For my dissertation, I investigated the seismic hazard to mine tailings dams in central Chile. I really enjoyed the applied nature of this research and received a distinction for this course.