Wooooo, I won!!!! Thank you soooo much for voting for me guys! I had so much fun taking part in this event. Thanks to all my fellow scientists too. I learnt a lot from your answers!
University of Leeds 2012 – present, University of Cambridge 2008-2012, Cadbury Sixth Form College 2005-2007 (Yes, it was close to the Cadbury chocolate factory in Birmingham!)
Master of Science (Geological Sciences), Bachelor of Arts (Honours in Natural Sciences), A levels in: Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths
I used to work in Waterstones because I love reading stories!
The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) pay for the science I do at the University of Leeds.
Favourite thing to do in my job: I love exploring and getting outdoors to look for evidence that might tell us about the history of our planet.
I use satellites in space to see how the ground moves in dangerous earthquakes.
Every year thousands of people die because of ground shaking during earthquakes. Earthquakes happen on big cracks in the ground called faults. For my research I want to try and understand how the ground moves when there is an earthquake. Is it possible to measure how much energy is being stored on big faults and can we try and understand how and when the next big earthquake will happen?
You can follow me on twitter for more science news: @ekh_rocksci
Also, check out my blog if you would like to learn more about earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis and other things like that.
My Typical Day
I write computer programs that use information from satellites to understand how the ground is moving.
8am: Some kind of sporting or gym activity in the morning.
9am: Into my office
– At work, I write lots of computer code to analyse information from the European Space Agency satellites that tell us how much the ground is moving. The area I focus on at the moment is in Turkey.
– Must remember to take LOTS of tea breaks during the day!
5pm: I play badminton
6pm: I play squash
7:30pm: I’m home. Time to relax and have dinner!
Sometimes, I get to go outdoors to look at the landscape and the rocks in it to try and understand what they tell us about the Earth.
Here’s a picture of me at the bottom of a cliff in Greece. Did you know, earthquakes in Greece can often make the ground go up? After lots of earthquakes you can get giant cliffs like the one in the picture! That’s cool, right?
What I'd do with the prize money
I will use it to encourage young scientists to get involved with helping people around the world.
I am strongly involved with the Geology for Global Development organisation. What this organisation does is help and support young scientists to use their skills to help people around the world.
We can teach people how to build their houses so they don’t fall over in earthquakes.
The group was set up by some friends of mine while we were at university and is still a fairly new organisation. But we have lots of support from larger groups and we’re getting more and more young students involved with the work we do.
If I win, the prize money will go towards supporting the work Geology for Global Development does and helping to make a difference to people’s lives around the world.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Happy, Energetic, Crazy
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
I’m very lucky that I get to travel the world to look at places that have had earthquakes. I’ve been to places like Greece, Turkey, Canada, Spain and am heading off to Japan in July!
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
The pleasure of finding things out.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
All the time in primary school. In fact, I was responsible for most of my teacher’s grey hairs!
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
I love wildlife and actually wanted to be a vet for a long time.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
I built a boat out of banana trees during a flood in Bangladesh!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Happiness for my family and friends. Lots of money so I can give it all away to charity. I wish I could predict earthquakes!
Tell us a joke.
What did the boy volcano say to the girl volcano? I lava you.