Current Committee Role:
I am the Rock Collection and Fieldwork Administrator in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering at Imperial College London. In my role I look after all the geological materials that are held within the department which can be broadly broken down in to 3 main categories:
- The teaching collections including hand specimens of rocks minerals and fossils, thin sections and maps that are used for teaching today, and the classic teaching collections that were reference samples for courses that were run in days gone by.
- The research collections, related to PhD and MSc projects or from individual academics. Being in the Royal School of Mines, a lot of this material relates the studies of ore deposits from all around the world. There are also samples from research trips to specific areas such as the Swiss Alps and Greenland.
- The named collections are very varied in content depending on the interests of the named individuals, examples of these are the Huxley Fish Collection and the Sherman evaporites collection.
In my role I also organise the undergraduate fieldwork logistics, departmental first aid provision and manage the departments lecture capture software.
I am a geologist through training and before working in my current roll I researched the formation and evolution of gold placers in the Yukon, Canada.
I joined the GCG committee as a co-opted member at the start 2020 and became an ordinary member in late 2020. I hope to be able to assist the committee in moving GCG forward and to continue to inform and assist our members.
You can read more about Rob's work on our blog.