Geological Science and Engineering

Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering
Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering

GRADUATE SPOTLIGHT: TED MATHESON

Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario

Graduate Research Focus:

Understanding the physical processes that control deposition of carbonate sediment on ancient carbonate ramps and produce carbonate sand bodies.

Why I chose to do graduate studies:

I did my undergrad in geological science at Queen’s as well. Like many, I didn’t initially come to Queen’s to study geology, but after taking a couple first year courses I knew that it was what I wanted to do. I enjoyed my undergrad and summer jobs with the Ontario Geological Survey and Imperial Oil immensely. Everything I learned was interesting and I always felt there was more to be learned. So at the end of my undergrad I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to stay at Queen’s and work with some of the best researchers in their fields.

Student involvement/extracurricular activities I am involved with:

In my undergrad I was heavily involved as President of Miller Club, the undergrad society for the department.

During my master’s I have been involved in Joliffe Club as well, running the weekly Geocolloquium speaker series last year.

I am also an active member in a number of societies including the GAC/CSRG, CSPG, AAPG, SEPM, and the APGO.

I am an avid runner, and participate in a variety of recreational sports as well.

The professor(s) or course which has influenced me the most:

I thoroughly enjoyed many of the upper year courses I took; after all, they were what convinced me to continue my learning in grad school. Specifically I thank Drs. Dalrymple and James for their roles in the sedimentology courses and fieldtrips I took, as well as for their current roles as my co-supervisors.

But I never would have even made it to those upper year courses had it not been for the first year courses that convinced me to go into geology. I cannot attribute it to one over the other, both History of Life with Dr. Narbonne and The Dynamic Earth with Dr. McBride were equally responsible for me being where I am today and in that way I think they have influenced me to the most.

After I graduate, I plan to:

When I finish my master’s I hope to travel for a while. If geology has taught me anything it is that the world is a beautiful place and there is always something new to explore.

Past that, the next step is likely a Ph.D with the eventual goal of a career in academia.

One big goal I’d like to accomplish during my lifetime:

While there isn’t one big goal I’d like to accomplish I have an ongoing goal that I always try to keep in mind for myself:

I hope to never become complacent with what I know. I’m always trying to learn more and improve myself, and if I continue this forward everything else will hopefully follow!

 

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