Who we are

WOMEESA formed during the Inaugral Dorothy Hill Women in Earth Sciences Symposium (Nov 2017) identifying a need to bring together women in Earth and Environmental Sciences throughout Australasia.

 

Aim

  • To create a unified Australasian network of women working in Earth and Environmental Sciences in academia, government and industry

Objectives

  • Create a supportive network for all women in Earth and Environmental Sciences in Australasia

  • Develop new nodes in the region without current support and link to existing networks/societies

  • Facilitate greater collaboration between academia, government and industry in these fields

  • Provide role models of women in Earth and Environmental Sciences

  • Provide key support for women in the early stages of their career and those with carer responsibilities

  • Raise awareness of current gender equity issues

  • Develop strategies to support indigenous Australasians (in Australia, NZ and beyond)

  • Promote the importance of Earth and Environmental Science research and activities through social networks and the media

On 27 August 2018 WOMEESA became an Incorporated Association and a copy of our Constitution can be viewed here: WOMEESA Constitution

 

The WOMEESA Team


  Heather Handley    President   ARC Future Fellow and Associate Professor  Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences  Macquarie University  NSW, Australia

Heather Handley

President

ARC Future Fellow and Associate Professor

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Macquarie University

NSW, Australia

  Teresa Ubide    Vice-President   Lecturer in Igneous Petrology/Volcanology  School of Earth and Environmental Sciences  The University of Queensland  QLD, Australia

Teresa Ubide

Vice-President

Lecturer in Igneous Petrology/Volcanology

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

The University of Queensland

QLD, Australia

  April Foote    Secretary   PhD Candidate  Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences  Macquarie University  NSW, Australia

April Foote

Secretary

PhD Candidate

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Macquarie University

NSW, Australia

  Sarah Kachovich    Design   PhD Candidate  School of Earth and Environmental Sciences  The University of Queensland  QLD, Australia

Sarah Kachovich

Design

PhD Candidate

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

The University of Queensland

QLD, Australia

 
  Jemma Purandare    Treasurer   PhD Candidate / Lead Scientist  Griffith Centre for Coastal Management  Griffith University  QLD, Australia

Jemma Purandare

Treasurer

PhD Candidate / Lead Scientist

Griffith Centre for Coastal Management

Griffith University

QLD, Australia

  Loren Petruny    Financial Officer   PhD Candidate  School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences  Queensland University of Technology  QLD, Australia

Loren Petruny

Financial Officer

PhD Candidate

School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences

Queensland University of Technology

QLD, Australia

  Nikola Van de Wetering    Media Management   MPhil Candidate  School of Earth and Environmental Sciences  University of Queensland  QLD, Australia

Nikola Van de Wetering

Media Management

MPhil Candidate

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

University of Queensland

QLD, Australia

  Sandra McLaren    Australasian Outreach Team   Senior Lecturer  School of School of Earth Sciences  The University of Melbourne  VIC, Australia

Sandra McLaren

Australasian Outreach Team

Senior Lecturer

School of School of Earth Sciences

The University of Melbourne

VIC, Australia

 
  Amy Parker    Australasian Outreach Team   Research Associate  School of Earth and Planetary Sciences  Curtin University  WA, Australia

Amy Parker

Australasian Outreach Team

Research Associate

School of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Curtin University

WA, Australia

  Stella Marris Martinez   Principal Resource Geologist  BHP Billiton  QLD, Australia

Stella Marris Martinez

Principal Resource Geologist

BHP Billiton

QLD, Australia

  Kliti Grice    Western Australia Representative   Distinguished Professor  School of Earth and Planetary Sciences  Curtin University  WA, Australia

Kliti Grice

Western Australia Representative

Distinguished Professor

School of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Curtin University

WA, Australia

  Nikole Arrieta   Postdoctoral Researcher  School of Earth and Environmental Sciences  The University of Queensland  QLD, Australia

Nikole Arrieta

Postdoctoral Researcher

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

The University of Queensland

QLD, Australia

 
  Anna Petts    South Australia Representative   Geological Survey of South Australia  Department for Energy and Mining  Government of South Australia  SA, Australia

Anna Petts

South Australia Representative

Geological Survey of South Australia

Department for Energy and Mining

Government of South Australia

SA, Australia

  Jessica Walsh    Social Media   PhD Candidate  School of Earth and Environmental Sciences  The University of Wollongong  NSW, Australia

Jessica Walsh

Social Media

PhD Candidate

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

The University of Wollongong

NSW, Australia

  Derya Gürer    Social Media/Outreach   Lecturer/Research Fellow    School of Earth and Environmental Sciences  The University of Queensland  QLD, Australia

Derya Gürer

Social Media/Outreach

Lecturer/Research Fellow

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

The University of Queensland

QLD, Australia

  Jess Hillman    Blog and Member Spotlight Editor   Marine Geologist/Geophysicist  Marine Geoscience  GNS Science  New Zealand

Jess Hillman

Blog and Member Spotlight Editor

Marine Geologist/Geophysicist

Marine Geoscience

GNS Science

New Zealand

 

If you would like to join the team or contribute to WOMEESA in any region please email WOMEESA.network@gmail.com or get in touch via our contact form.

We are especially looking for team members from New Zealand and the South Pacific along with government and industry representatives.

 

Member Spotlight

Here we showcase some of our amazing members

 
 

Dr Lorna Strachan

Senior Lecturer of Sedimentology, University of Auckland

What is your current field of research?

I am a marine geologist who specialises in understanding the way in which sediment moves and is deposited in the deep ocean. I do this by studying the seafloor, analysing sediment cores and also by looking at ancient seafloor sediments that have been turned to rock and are now exhumed at the earth’s surface.

What has your career path been like?

I followed a fairly typical education trajectory, once I finished high school I went to the University of Leeds to study a BSc (Hons) in Geological Sciences, followed by a PhD at Imperial College and Cardiff University. I then worked as a science administrator for year, did 2 post-doctoral research jobs and then moved to NZ where I was employed as a Lecturer in Sedimentology at the University of Auckland.

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you? 

Someone told me to form collaborations with people you’d like to spend time with in the pub! I think that this was a great piece of advice! I have found the best and most enduring collaborations are with people I consider to be good friends. It’s a pleasure to work with them.

“Form collaborations with people you’d spend time with in the pub!”

What do you enjoy most about your job/research?

I enjoy several things, first the interaction with research students both in developing a good working relationship and in idea bouncing, second the luxury of essentially being my own boss, I get to decide what direction I want to take my research in and what information I want to share in my lectures. I think both of these aspects make academia a pretty special place work.

What does a typical day of work involve for you?

As a mother of 2 young children my days start early and involve getting the family up and ready to start work/daycare. Once at work my days are very varied. They can involve many hours of lecture and laboratory teaching, meetings with colleagues to plan teaching and research, skype meetings with research collaborators, meetings with my students, hands-on research of rock or core samples, or spending the day in the field. I am constantly juggling many tasks and priorities and so no two days are the same.

What advice would you give someone starting out in the same field?

Follow your passion and find a great team of people to work with.

Is there anything you find difficult/challenging? If so, how do you deal with this, is there any advice you have for someone in a similar position?

The juggle of work and family life is particularly tough sometimes, particularly during that 1st year back after parental leave. I have been lucky enough to have a mentor who has recently gone through a similar experience. The act of sharing experiences and talking about strategies to protect myself from taking on too much have been immensely helpful.

“These women are role models and trailblazers for others, like me, to follow.”

How has the field you work in changed (particularly regarding women) since you have started working?

There have always been a healthy number of women in the field of sedimentology, but only a relatively small number have remained in academia. This has certainly changed, with more and more female role models remaining in the field and reaching the highest echelons. These women are role models and trail blazers for others, like me, to follow.