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14. Metamorphism and deformation in the Alps | Francesco Giuntoli

Francesco Giuntoli, currently at Sorbonne University, Paris, talks to us about his PhD research at the University of Bern, where he worked in the Italian Alps. We learn about how he uses the classical approach of geological mapping to underpin his lab work, in order to understand the complex jigsaw puzzle that is the formation of the Alps. Listen in to how Francesco literally walked in the footsteps of previous geologists, all the while contending with some interesting mountain wildlife,...


13. Extremophiles in Ethiopia | Vincent Rennie

Vincent Rennie from the Open University studies some of the world's most incredible organisms; microbes that can survive the extremes of heat, salinity and pH, organisms fittingly called extremophiles. Studying them means travelling to some of the most extreme and seemingly inhospitable environments on the planet, including Dallol, Ethiopia, which holds the record for the highest average temperature for an inhabited location on earth. We talk to him about the problems of searching for life...


12. Imaging the deep with seismic surveys | Sian Evans

For many of us seismic images might look like a complicated series of wiggly lines, but to researchers like Sian Evans from Imperial College London they are a fascinating window into the deep geological structures that shape our planet. For this episode we find out how seismic data is collected and how it can help us understand the disruptive effect of salt on geology, the plumbing systems of volcanoes and the potential earthquake hazards posed by deep geological faults. Sian recounts her...


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...


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.


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.