Throughout our episodes, the importance of mentorship and support has been a major recurring theme for guests’ success in the geosciences. In our final episode of Down to Earth, we speak with Dr. Qian Zhan and Dr. Josée Lévesque about their participation in the GRSS Women Mentoring Women program, and how it allowed both to grow in their careers, as well as their personal lives.
Supporting your fellow scientists comes in many forms. In this episode, Dr. Gopika Suresh tells us how she uses social media to promote the work of radar remote sensing specialists, and how an opportunity with the Twitter group “Sisters of SAR” led her to become an editor for a special section in the Journal of Remote Sensing.
For geoscientists who address issues such as food security and climate change, incorporating an intersectional approach is essential. That’s why Dr. Alyssa Whitcraft makes intersectionality a cornerstone of her research. In this episode, we discuss how concepts of justice and equity can be woven into geoscience work
Content Warning: This episode includes mentions of depression and postpartum anxiety. Our guest shares some of her experiences in these areas while on her journey in geoscience. Please listen with care!
They say parents have a huge impact on their children. In this episode, we learn how one person in Dr. Chayma Chaâbani’s life inspired her to become an avid traveler, which has since led to a career in natural disaster remote sensing.
Dr. Chris Schmullius has been a geoscientist since the 80s. From work in industry, to a professorship in academia, she’s seen a lot over her 40+ year career! In this episode, she shares some of the changes that she’s seen, both in forest mapping (her main scientific focus), as well as for geoscientists in general.
What happens when you decide to jump into the field of remote sensing late in your career? You carve your own path to success of course! In this episode, we follow Dr. Nkeiruka N. Onyia’s journey from complete novice to successful geoscience entrepreneur and researcher!
Inspired by the beauty and diversity of the Guatemalan ecosystems surrounding her hometown, Africa I. Flores-Anderson has been passionate about protecting the environment since she was a child. Wearing her passion as a shield, she has overcome both economic and gendered barriers to become a geoscientist. In this episode, we learn about her journey, and the incredible work she has since completed using Synthetic-aperture radar (SAR).
In this episode, we speak to Morgan Crowley, a PhD candidate who specializes in mapping forest fires with free satellite software. We discuss her switch from the Arts to Science, and how her past experiences prepared her for solving ecological challenges.