Dee Amos – STEM Ambassador Planetary Science

Dee Amos – STEM Ambassador Planetary Science

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Describe you work in 10 words

I teach STEM in schools & colleges

How did you become interested in Geophysics?
Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society it was a natural progression to become greatly interested in volcanoes, plate tectonics & planetary science. Experiencing impact craters & meteorites to atop volcanoes Vesuvius & Mauna Kea Teaching Felsic to Mafic to diving 65M years old Chixulub cenotes.
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The meteorite samples are central to the Royal Institution Computer Science Masterclasses in which the students learn spectroscopy & control rovers looking for the samples.
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How did I get where I am now?
I’m a Licensed aerospace professional (ex RAF) with University Astronomy qualifications linking me to Royal Aeronautical Society, RAS, BGA, EGU & Institute of Physics probably making me humbly the lowest research grade but with a vast scope of interest from high level aircraft to rockets satellites & probes to totally understanding what the rovers are finding.
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Challenges in next decade
It’s a very exciting time, quantum leaps are taking place in technology from probing deeper than ever before into the Earth, following the movements in plate tectonics & materials from subduction to volcanoes monitoring on Earth Mars, Io & cryo volcanos on Titan & sample return.
Memorable experience in career in geophysics
Once had conversation with Professor Colin Pillinger about Beagle 2 but got chased off by his wife. I suppose a better story is when Kathy Whaler was a speaker short for a series of ESA lectures at RAS about the magnetosphere. I wrote the report in just 2 weeks & upon attending it wasn’t required. I showed the lecture to one of the older professors & he said (quote) They would have ripped you apart! I still write lectures & of course they have to have a little humour it’s the best way to digest a lesson.

 

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