PhD by haiku, vol. 4

Compiled by Patrick, Patrick and Louise.

The fourth and potentially final installation of our longest running series.


Buried in a grave
Sea of torrid rock and heat
Spawns a seed so deep
— Jess, experimental petrology


Flash rock plummets scorched earth
Oasis of questions
Frostily protected
— Liane, isotope geochemistry

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PhD by haiku, vol. 3

Compiled by Patrick, Patrick and Louise.

A continuation of a continuation of our PhD haiku’s.


Such a mystery zircon
So obsessed with you
Let me know you more
— Bei, isotope geochemistry


The sea-floor goes deep
Water is lost on the way
Looking for witness
— Laure, isotope geochemistry

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PhD by haiku, vol. 2

Compiled by Patrick, Patrick and Louise.


A continuation from last weeks blog post.

Nitrogen, carbon
Noble gases and so on
Chemistry is key
— Suzette, isotope geochemistry


Two minerals paired
trap ancient information
of how they were made
— Louise, experimental petrology

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PhD by haiku, vol. I

Compiled by Patrick, Patrick and Louise

We asked members of the student body to summarise their research in the form of a haiku. Here is what they came up with…


Dear sweet mantle plume
I really hope you exist
So much wasted time
— Tim, geodynamics


Where did people live?
Isotopes in teeth can help,
to stalk ancient folk
— Hannah, isotope geochemistry

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PhDinner – A Fancy Occasion

By Pat

Last Friday, the 1st of April, nearly 60 PhD students, postdocs and their guests descended on the suitably named Old Canberra Inn for a night of eating, drinking and informal awards. The dinner was instigated and organised by RSES student Paddy (not Pat) and partially funded from student efforts at the AUGEN conference. Its purpose: 1) community building and 2) a night where stories are born (e.g. “that time N was kicked out of Mooseheads” or “that sychronised chair dance by Laura and Kate”). Continue reading “PhDinner – A Fancy Occasion”

By Anonymous


Is Antarctica gaining ice?

What’s behind this story and why this publication is highly questionable.

By Bianca K.

Last week a newly published paper ( stated that the Antarctic Ice Sheet is actually gaining and not loosing ice. A statement that is quite the opposite to pretty much every other scientific study on this topic.

No need to mention that this sparked a new debate and released a media storm.

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PhD to Planeteer – Student Conference 2015

The world has a new Captain Planet and Planeteers. See your new world environmental saviors below:

Captain Planet: Eleanor Mare

Earth: Mike Jollands

Wind: Kelsie Long

Water: Kate Holland

Heart: Katie Harazin

Fire: Tim Jones

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The benefits of joining earth science societies of Australia

By Pat with help from Tim and Michael

In this blog post i have summarised the different characteristics and opportunities provided by the many earth science societies which are most active in Australia. These societies are particularly underutilised by our generation because most of us think that there is nothing to gain through membership. However as this list shows, not only can they provide you with materialistic support (including money, conferences and workshops), but they regularly provide platforms for professional and social networking, which help you get jobs, establish collaborations for research and provide a rare attentive audience for those horrible geology jokes.

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Gneiss2MeetU: A ‘geologists only’ dating app

Tim Jones

In the late 90s, online dating was expected to become a cyber dystopia for weirdos and burnouts who couldn’t get a date in the ‘real world’. And while it still has its issues, hooking up over the web has become something not many of us expected it to be –normal. But rather than getting down and digital with ‘coolguy2000’ who you met in a Green Day chat room, today’s virtual date is conducted through matchmaker websites like OKCupid and mobile apps such as Tinder. With their explosion in popularity the market of dating websites and mobile apps has become saturated, which makes finding the right one almost as difficult as finding the one.

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See What I Mean?

By Pat

Eleanor’s post last week on scale provided the perfect segue for my first ever blog (!). Like many people when I think about my work, I find it useful to visualise processes to better understand them. I do this when I think about the interactions of atoms, tectonic plates and planets for example. In geoscience it seems we often work on scales that are either too small to see or too large see all at once (or at all) and thus an imagination is vital. It is a misconception that creative people study arts whilst regimented people study science.

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