Geological Science and Engineering

Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering
Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering


"Geology ROCKS!!"

Hometown: Kingston, Ontario

Program: Geological Sciences

Current year: 4th (last year) 6th at Queen’s

Why I chose Geology:

Geology is a fascinating subject where the material you are learning is practical and can be seen in everyday life. Whether you enjoy jewellery or you're building a house, geology is all around us.
It is also within geology where we can learn our deepest ancestral roots. Studying fossils leads to a greater understanding of how we fit into a larger picture.

Ultimately I was introduced to the world of geology at a young age. When I took GEOL104 with Sandra McBride, the course rekindled my love of the subject.

Student involvement/extracurricular activities I am involved with:

Queen’s has a wide array of extracurricular activities and I highly encourage anyone to get involved. In my first year I was involved in the Queen’s Climbing Club and with Studio Q (At the time known as Yearbook & Design Services). Since then I have worked as a Manager for the Yearbook & Design Services (Now Studio Q), photo editor for the Queen’s Journal and I am currently a Queen’s Student Constable, as well as a Residence Don. These extracurricular activities have helped build my resume and further develop my skills.

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

I would say that GEOL 104 Dynamic Earth was exceptionally influential, as it made me change my degree. Once you’re in geology it is hard to pick a specific professor or course that is the most influential because they are all exceptional and each course has its role.

In GEOL 238 (Sedimentology) you learn about sedimentary processes, processes  which play an important role in preserving prehistoric life, studied in GEOL 107 (History of Life) and GEOL 337 (Palaeontology). These same processes are then brought up in GEOL 321 (Structural Geology), GEOL 365 (Geochemistry) and reoccur in GEOL 221 (Field Methods). It is this holistic framework that makes geology fascinating. 

Everything comes together when you’re out in the field with different professors, pieces from every class come together painting the full picture.

Most memorable Queen’s experience so far:

The field work that we do GEOL 300 (Field School) and GEOL 301 (Adirondacks Trip) is very memorable. In field school you develop your mapping skills, as well as your navigating skills, while having fun trekking through the woods.

On the Adirondacks trip, you develop a better understanding of plate tectonics while studying the closure of an ocean by examining fossils in different depositional environments.
It is fun to explore the back woods, rivers and hill sides while piecing together a several million year old puzzle.

After I graduate, I:

Recently I have been thinking of continuing on in education and getting my Masters. Two of my summers I worked as a geological tour guide in Bancroft and I thoroughly enjoy the education component, teaching people about the geology of the area.
I would like to work one day in a museum, doing both field work and educating the public of the wonders that make up this beautiful planet.    

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

I would like to inspire further generations to embrace the world of geology, understand its importance and appreciate its beauty; whether this be working in a geological based museum or touring around and doing presentations.

My ultimate goal would be to work for a museum that incorporates both a field component, preparation and presentations.


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