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GEOPHYSICS PH.D. STUDENT: Be Open Minded, Don't Limit Yourself

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Klara is getting her Ph.D. in Geophysics at the University of British Columbia. She has a flexible schedule and focuses her research on how to prevent sea water intrusion into fresh water aquifers. Starting out as an Ecologist she discovered she really liked the technical sciences and moved into Geophysics after meeting her advisor. Klara never imagined herself studying abroad, but now that she is, her advice is to be open minded and not to limit yourself.

Degree: Ecology
Job Title: Ph.D. Student in Geophysics

Job Summary: Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers

Job Description

Geoscientists study the physical aspects of the Earth, such as its composition, structure, and processes, to learn about its past, present, and future.

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Geoscientists need a license to practice in some states. Requirements vary by state but typically include minimum education and experience requirements and a passing score on an exam.

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$45,000 - $160,000
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Detail oriented, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Strength/stamina, Public speaking ability, Mathematical skills

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m='11110'>work</span> <span m='11780'>on</span> <span m='11980'>usually</span> <span m='12320'>stuff</span> <span m='12670'>I</span> <span m='12770'>like</span> <span m='12980'>to</span> <span m='13090'>do,</span> <span m='13650'>so</span> <span m='14070'>mostly</span> <span m='14350'>programming</span> <span m='14685'>and</span> <span m='15020'>coding.</span> <span m='15630'>So</span> <span m='16020'>lots</span> <span m='16129'>of</span> <span m='16210'>computer</span> <span m='16610'>work.</span> </p><p><span m='18060'>And</span> <span m='18260'>then</span> <span m='18430'>when</span> <span m='18550'>I'm</span> <span m='19060'>done</span> <span m='19530'>in,</span> <span m='19740'>like,</span> <span m='20090'>either</span> <span m='20440'>early</span> <span m='20830'>or</span> <span m='20920'>late</span> <span m='21080'>afternoon.</span> <span m='21350'>It</span> <span m='21620'>depends</span> <span m='21945'>how</span> <span m='22270'>I'm</span> <span m='22700'>happy</span> <span m='23020'>with</span> <span m='23190'>what</span> <span m='23340'>I've</span> <span m='23490'>done.</span> <span m='24510'>I</span> <span m='24630'>go</span> <span m='24930'>and</span> <span m='25220'>I</span> <span m='25370'>just</span> <span m='25590'>have</span> <span m='25690'>some</span> <span m='25890'>fun.</span> <span m='26225'>I</span> <span m='26560'>do</span> <span m='26980'>capoeira,</span> <span m='27430'>stuff</span> <span m='27793'>like that.</span> </p><p><span m='28520'>More</span> <span m='28845'>in</span> <span m='29170'>detail,</span> <span m='29350'>I'm</span> <span m='29850'>doing</span> <span m='30350'>seawater intrusion.</span> <span m='30710'>So</span> <span m='30990'>it's</span> <span m='31230'>kind</span> <span m='31450'>of</span> <span m='31580'>related</span> <span m='32070'>to</span> <span m='32189'>groundwater</span> <span m='32950'>hydrology.</span> <span m='33780'>So</span> <span m='34000'>it's</span> <span m='34200'>basically</span> <span m='34600'>about</span> <span m='34880'>the</span> <span m='34970'>seawater</span> <span m='35355'>which</span> <span m='35740'>is coming</span> <span m='36160'>into</span> <span m='36580'>the</span> <span m='37000'>interior.</span> <span m='37420'>And</span> <span m='38260'>what,</span> <span m='38555'>like, in</span> <span m='38850'>the</span> <span m='39170'>big</span> <span m='39390'>picture</span> <span m='39820'>I'm</span> <span m='39960'>doing</span> <span m='40330'>is I'm</span> <span m='40660'>basically</span> <span m='41000'>trying</span> <span m='41390'>to</span> <span m='41510'>manage</span> <span m='41805'>better</span> <span m='42230'>these</span> <span m='42320'>aquifers.</span> </p><p><span m='43296'>So</span> <span m='43784'>when</span> <span m='44272'>people</span> <span m='44760'>come to</span> <span m='45740'>freshwater</span> <span m='46410'>aquifer</span> <span m='46550'>wells,</span> <span m='47260'>they</span> <span m='47420'>actually</span> <span m='47740'>found</span> <span m='47930'>the</span> <span m='48020'>freshwater</span> <span m='48590'>and</span> <span m='48720'>not</span> <span m='48950'>the</span> <span m='49020'>saltwater.</span> <span m='50130'>So</span> <span m='50320'>I'm</span> <span m='50570'>just</span> <span m='50820'>trying</span> <span m='51110'>to</span> <span m='51200'>mitigate</span> <span m='51460'>or</span> <span m='51720'>to</span> <span m='52020'>kind of</span> <span m='52480'>stop the</span> <span m='52940'>seawater</span> <span m='53400'>intrusion</span> <span m='53860'>coming</span> <span m='54780'>into the</span> <span m='55240'>[INAUDIBLE].</span> </p><p><span m='58050'>I</span> <span m='58250'>guess</span> <span m='58380'>there</span> <span m='58490'>was</span> <span m='58640'>a</span> <span m='58700'>bit</span> <span m='58870'>of</span> <span m='59000'>randomness.</span> <span m='60170'>I</span> <span m='60240'>started</span> <span m='60490'>with</span> <span m='60800'>ecology,</span> <span m='60960'>to be</span> <span m='61550'>ecologist.</span> <span m='61845'>So</span> <span m='62140'>I was</span> <span m='62520'>more,</span> <span m='62670'>like,</span> <span m='62880'>interested</span> <span m='63320'>in</span> <span m='63460'>nature</span> <span m='63910'>and</span> <span m='64069'>protecting</span> <span m='64499'>the</span> <span m='64930'>nature.</span> <span m='65895'>But</span> <span m='66200'>then</span> <span m='66330'>I</span> <span m='66410'>slowly</span> <span m='66730'>discovered</span> <span m='67170'>I'm</span> <span m='67320'>more</span> <span m='67500'>into</span> <span m='67630'>technical</span> <span m='68010'>sciences.</span> <span m='68540'>So</span> <span m='69080'>for</span> <span m='69385'>instance,</span> <span m='69690'>I</span> <span m='69770'>started</span> <span m='70030'>to do,</span> <span m='70290'>like,</span> <span m='70870'>hydrological</span> <span m='71240'>modeling,</span> <span m='72120'>like</span> <span m='72480'>environmental</span> <span m='73030'>modeling,</span> <span m='73330'>in</span> <span m='73630'>the</span> <span m='73830'>Netherlands.</span> </p><p><span m='74440'>And</span> <span m='74580'>then</span> <span m='74750'>I</span> <span m='75600'>kind</span> <span m='75870'>of</span> <span m='76000'>did</span> <span m='76210'>a</span> <span m='76270'>somewhat</span> <span m='77170'>internship</span> <span m='78050'>which</span> <span m='78250'>I</span> <span m='78360'>did</span> <span m='78540'>in</span> <span m='78640'>Vancouver.</span> <span m='79625'>I</span> <span m='79910'>made it</span> <span m='80160'>to</span> <span m='80300'>Vancouver.</span> <span m='80630'>And</span> <span m='81340'>eventually,</span> <span m='81670'>I went back</span> <span m='81810'>to</span> <span m='81910'>school</span> <span m='82215'>for</span> <span m='82520'>a</span> <span m='82940'>PhD.</span> <span m='84200'>And</span> <span m='84460'>I</span> <span m='84600'>met</span> <span m='84810'>my</span> <span m='84990'>advisor,</span> <span m='85320'>who</span> <span m='85470'>was</span> <span m='85630'>in</span> <span m='85760'>geophysics.</span> <span m='86290'>So</span> <span m='86480'>I</span> <span m='86660'>had to</span> <span m='86970'>switch</span> <span m='87160'>a</span> <span m='87200'>little</span> <span m='87390'>bit</span> <span m='87550'>more to</span> <span m='88020'>technical</span> <span m='88900'>stuff.</span> </p><p><span m='89330'>And</span> <span m='89440'>now I'm</span> <span m='89550'>doing</span> <span m='89800'>geophysics</span> <span m='89920'>now.</span> <span m='90890'>I</span> <span m='91120'>would</span> <span m='91230'>never</span> <span m='91500'>imagine</span> <span m='91900'>I'm</span> <span m='92040'>going</span> <span m='92200'>to</span> <span m='92280'>spend</span> <span m='92570'>so</span> <span m='92910'>long time</span> <span m='93260'>at the</span> <span m='93420'>university.</span> <span m='95490'>Like</span> <span m='96030'>it's</span> <span m='96260'>taking</span> <span m='96620'>way</span> <span m='96820'>longer</span> <span m='97130'>than</span> <span m='97310'>I</span> <span m='97680'>ever</span> <span m='97870'>expected.</span> <span m='98510'>And</span> <span m='98845'>it's</span> <span m='99260'>getting</span> <span m='99540'>a</span> <span m='99610'>little</span> <span m='99970'>bit--</span> <span m='100650'>you</span> <span m='101320'>need</span> <span m='101410'>some</span> <span m='101580'>patience.</span> </p><p><span m='102620'>I</span> <span m='102740'>would</span> <span m='102900'>say,</span> <span m='103180'>like,</span> <span m='103450'>being</span> <span m='103930'>sort of</span> <span m='104160'>open-minded.</span> <span m='104920'>Don't</span> <span m='105290'>put, like,</span> <span m='105570'>sort</span> <span m='105840'>of</span> <span m='106020'>flow</span> <span m='106320'>limit</span> <span m='106790'>to yourself,</span> <span m='107100'>like,</span> <span m='107500'>I</span> <span m='107730'>cannot</span> <span m='108000'>do</span> <span m='108120'>this</span> <span m='108350'>because</span> <span m='108680'>of that</span> <span m='108800'>or</span> <span m='109140'>that.</span> <span m='109840'>Because</span> <span m='109990'>for</span> <span m='110120'>a</span> <span m='110170'>long</span> <span m='110340'>time,</span> <span m='110570'>I</span> <span m='110650'>couldn't</span> <span m='111020'>even</span> <span m='111230'>imagine,</span> <span m='111610'>like,</span> <span m='112120'>studying</span> <span m='112190'>abroad.</span> <span m='113200'>And</span> <span m='113340'>eventually,</span> <span m='113780'>I</span> <span m='113890'>ended up</span> <span m='114340'>here, like,</span> <span m='114590'>being</span> <span m='114850'>from</span> <span m='115220'>middle</span> <span m='115480'>of</span> <span m='115600'>nowhere</span> <span m='115900'>pretty</span> <span m='116200'>much.</span> 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