I am a lesbian and I am a research scientist at CSIRO.//
I am a Canadian geologist based in Perth, Western Australia where I work as a research scientist at CSIRO. In this role am involved in new technology development, industry facing projects across multiple commodities, and also teaching and outreach.
My story in STEMM is a bit of meandering one in which I started with a BSc. Honours in Biochemistry (2011), and have since found myself with a PhD in Geology and Planetary Science (2017) and working in academia, government research, and the mining industry. The common thread throughout has been curiosity and the application of geochemistry and hyper spectral mineralogy to scientific questions ranging from the origin of martian meteorites to ore deposit formation.
I enjoy teaching and science communication and am passionate in my belief that diversity is the key to successful, creative, and innovative scientific research and informed policy. An integral part of securing that for the future is broad representation and visibility of marginalized and underrepresented groups including but not limited to women and LGBTIQA+ individuals within the scientific community. I am presently active in the Pride@CSIRO Network, CMR Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and QueersInScience.