International Pathfinders- Online Edition

Dr Anna Hicks

Dr. Anna Hicks @volcanna is a volcanologist, a disaster risk reduction specialist, and a science communicator, currently working @BritGeoSurvey @LyellCentre

Anna spoke to #InternationalPathfinders about her interdisciplinary career which combines the physical and social sciences, researching volcanic hazards in some of the most remote populations in the world

Anna also spoke about the challenges of working with communities who are affected by volcanic hazards, in particular the unequal effects on socially vulnerable communities, and the benefits of sharing these stories through various mediums such as film #scicomm

Dr Anjana Khatwa

Dr. Anjana Khatwa @jurassicg1rl is an Earth Scientist and a presenter. She is currently working as Engagement Lead @WessexMuseums and is also a @ndawards finalist as a Positive Role Model for Race, Faith and Religion.

Anjana spoke to us about her geoscience career to date, including what inspired her to become a geoscientist and how her career has changed from glaciologist to educator and science communicator #scicomm

Anjana also spoke to us about the challenges of embarking on a geoscience career coming from an Asian background, giving some inspiring advice on overcoming barriers and following your passions, all while using rocks to tell her story!

Dr Adriana Guatame Garcia

Dr Adriana Guatame Garcia of the Delft University of Technology @TUDelft spoke in our #InternationalPathfinders event. The Colombian geologist and geometallurgy specialist shared here experiences in the mining sector, as well as in academia.

Adriana spoke of her career journey and the challenges of communicating across the multidisciplinary sector of mining, from discipline related differences to overcoming language barriers which are important to break.

Adriana is a member of the leadership council of the @GeoLatinas , which aims to empower & inspire Latinas to pursue & thrive in Earth & Planetary Sciences, along with inspiring future generations of Latin Americans to pursue careers in #geoscience


Dr Leanne Melbourne

Our next speaker was Dr Leanne Melbourne of @UoBEarthScience – @LeanneMelbourne is a Lecturer in Marine Palaeontology and did her PhD on the structural integrity of marine calcifiers in response to ocean acidification and warming.

In the #IAWGPathfinders event, Leanne spoke of her journey from realising she did not want to do medicine to discovering her passion for science communication and marine micropalaeontology during her masters and PhD.

Leanne worked for the @LinneanSociety and as a woman of colour one of her main goals was to increase diversity within the society and organise diversity days and conferences, before starting her lectureship at Bristol.

Linnean Society Learning-

Maerl: A Rare Seabed Habitat:

Dr Luciana S Esteves

Our final speaker of #IAWGPathfinders was Dr Luciana Esteves of @Geography_BU Lu is a committee member of @WomenInCoastal and has carried out research on the impact of covid19 lockdown on female academics.

Lu spoke of her career path starting off in Brazil to doing her masters in Florida and her PhD and lecturing in Brazil before moving to Plymouth, UK. She spoke of the challenges and highlights of her career before becoming Associate Professor at Bournemouth.

Lu’s  research on the work- life balance of academics during lock down provides a shapshot of the lived experiences of academics during lockdown, with work life balance getting worse for 57% and improving for 39% of all respondents.

Links: – Impacts of C-19 lockdown on the work-life balance of BU academics – Preliminary results

We would like to cordially thank all our speakers for taking part in this event!