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Tamsin Brittany Green - England, UK

Tamsin Brittany Green
University of Leeds
England, UK

 

Studying Geography as an undergraduate, a subject I am strongly passionate about, has provided me with a strong foundation on which to build my future.

Over the past three years at the University of Leeds I have studied a range of physical geography modules, acquired excellent research and data analysis skills, and gained a foundation of specialist knowledge, which I am keen to further within the field of geology and geophysical hazards.

My initial interest in sinkholes was ignited when I discovered a flurry of media information last year, when increased precipitation in England induced ground subsidence. I was curious to research this further, and with my dissertation nearing, I chose this as the topic to dedicate months of hard work and research to; something that I am strongly passionate about. Since beginning my dissertation, I have contacted multiple companies involved with the research and analysis of sinkholes, for example the British Geological Survey, and the National Cavity Database.

I have thus far researched a substantial amount based on sinkholes, and am extremely keen to finish my project. It is essentially GIS based, in order to create a hazard susceptibility map for Malham and the Mendips in the UK.

Since visiting the BGS for a day to discuss my dissertation, I have gained a wealth of knowledge not only on sinkhole research, but also how the BGS operates, which I am extremely interested in. Consequently I have looked into applying for Masters in geophysical hazards, such as at the University College London, to further my career within this area.

Outside of my course, I am actively involved in several societies including Geography Society, Modern Dance, and Ballet, each of which I participate in weekly events. I am a ‘Student Ambassador’ for the School of Geography at the University of Leeds, where I am responsible for promoting the school through offering information and advice about the course to prospective applicants. Furthermore, since volunteering and travelling over the past few years in countries with unique physical geology, I am always passionate about the opportunity to travel to new and exciting places around the world. Therefore, the opportunity to attend the conference in a different country, and experience unusual local geology elsewhere, would be a real privilege.

I am fascinated by the opportunity to be able to attend the “Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes” since becoming aware of it, and consequently researching previous publications; it is particularly interesting to acquire knowledge from this about the globally varying occurrence of sinkholes, on a range of scales. The conference paper by Ponta et al. (2013), on karst landforms in Thailand, for example, stood out prominently to me, having previously visited there; and so I was keen to understand more about the spatially and temporally variant geological features. Since the initial conference in 1984, it would be an incredible experience to be a part of something that is such a long-standing, valued tradition, in attending the 2015 Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes.