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11. Mineral Exploration in North America | Hannah Mills

We've gone international this week by interviewing Hannah Mills, an Exploration Geologist based in Vancouver, Canada. Fieldwork is a huge part of her job, taking her to all the corners of North America. Listen in to find out what it is like working in the most remote parts of Northern Canada, how universities and industry work together to understand how mineral deposits form, and what food is best when you've been hiking all day.


10. Salt and science communication in Canada | Jack Richardson

Jack Richardson is a geologist and PhD researcher based at the University of Birmingham, where he studies the secret world of salt! Using drones and magnetic techniques he is trying to piece together how evaporite rocks (salts that formed when ancient oceans dried up) have flowed and deformed underground. We talk to Jack about his fieldwork in Nova Scotia, Canada, and find out about the importance of science communication, sleep, and friendship whilst on fieldwork.


9. Bees and other bugs with Entocast

In this episode we’ve teamed up with fellow podcasters Liam and Nick from Entocast to talk about some more creepy crawlies (because we didn’t get enough of them in Episode 8!). Liam and Nick are both entomologists and PhD researchers at the University of Birmingham. Listen in to hear about why hornets have a bad rep, what entomologists are really up to when tying their shoelaces, and how to make an Airbnb for bees. After you've feasted your ears here, be sure to listen and subscribe to the...


8. Invasive insects in Antarctica | Jes Bartlett

Jes Bartlett is a polar ecologist based at the University of Birmingham, where she is investigating an invasive species of midge in Antarctica. She's interested in how these little critters survive in extreme polar conditions and the impact that they make on the ecosystems in the region. Jes describes the unique challenges you face when working on remote islands in Antarctica. Have a listen to find out about the beautiful and not so beautiful creatures she came in contact with and what it...


7. Mountain building in Bhutan | Eleni Wood & Stacy Phillips

We've turned Fieldwork Diaries on its head for Episode 7 - it's the creators of the podcast being interviewed this week! Matt Kent, star of Episode 1 has been drafted in as our guest host and he is quizzing Eleni Wood and Stacy Phillips, the team behind this very podcast. We both work on the geology of the Himalaya, and were out on fieldwork together this year in Bhutan where we were investigating mountain building processes. We chat to Matt about the amazing people we met, the wildlife we...


5. Glaciers on Mars | Frances Butcher

Frances Butcher is a PhD researcher at the Open University who combines her love of astronomy and glaciology to study glaciers on Mars! But how can you study glaciers on Mars if you can't go on fieldwork there? Listen to the episode to find out the ingenious ways in which planetary scientists can study these space glaciers by using the resources available to them here on Earth.


4. Reasons to love fieldwork

Putting on your big boots, escaping the office and exploring new environments ; these are just some of the reasons why researchers love fieldwork! At the 2017 CENTA conference, we asked PhD researchers to tell us why they love their fieldwork. Their fieldwork has taken them everywhere from limestone grasslands in beautiful Oxfordshire to the remote Antarctic circle. Listen to find out more!  This episode features the voices of Tessa Driessen & Richard Mason from Loughborough University;...


3. High pressure Himalayan geology in India | Anna Bidgood

Geologist Anna Bidgood, from the University of Oxford, takes us on a journey to the top of the highest mountain range on the planet: the Indian Himalaya. Anna works in Ladakh, a region where the air is thin, the wildlife is rare and interesting commuters pass through her field area. She is investigating how the edge of India was forced deep beneath the Asian continent in a subduction zone, formed when the two continents collided. The clues she needs to understand this geological history...


0. An Introduction

Hello there! You've found our brand-new podcast series. We're very excited to share the interviews from Fieldwork Diaries with you. But, just before we get going, here's a little taster of what’s to come.


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