Hi everyone, Hannah here!
To help give you an insight into life at King’s, I caught up with my programme leader and postgraduate lecturer Dr Thomas Smith, a physical and environmental geography lecturer and biomass burning researcher in the Department of Geography, and asked him a few questions!
- What inspired you to study geography?
“Weekend walks in the Peak District with my family, a fantastic A Level Geography teacher and a great trip to the Isle of Arran inspired me to do a geography degree. A trip to Canada in the first year of my PhD to look at controlled burning in Banff National Park inspired me to study in my current area of research- the jaw dropping scenery was unforgettable!”
- What do you like about teaching at postgraduate level?
“Postgraduate students often come from quite a diverse range of backgrounds which leads to interesting contributions in lectures, seminars and tutorials. Some have relevant or totally different work experience and this offers many perspectives. Being the programme leader for the MSc in Climate Change I meet students from a range of academic backgrounds which adds to the interdisciplinary nature of the course.”
- Do you have any favourite podcasts or blog that you would recommend to students for keeping up with geography related news?
“I mostly engage with the blogosphere through twitter, it’s great for staying up to date with the latest scientific papers and keeping in touch with researchers. Some examples of good accounts to follow are:
- NASA Earth: @NASAEarth
- Gavin Schmidt: @ClimateOfGavin
- NERC: @NERCscience
- ESA EarthObservation: @ESA_EO
- Closer to my research I also contribute to the UK Tropical Peat Working Group blog.”
- Any advice on how students can make the most of their time at King’s?
“I was a student at King’s for 5 years whilst doing my Masters and PhD. KCLSU has loads going on with plenty of societies to get involved with.You could also take a King’s Modern Language Centre; I did Spanish during my PhD.
Make the most of being in London- it may seem expensive but it’s worth it! There are many work experience and volunteering opportunities available and plenty of environmental groups to get involved with.”
Hannah, MSc Climate Change