Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Waikato graduate’s globetrotting science career

2 April, 2014

Waikato graduate’s globetrotting science career

University of Waikato Earth Sciences graduate James Blyth is living the dream, working on mining projects around the world.

James holds a position as a mining consultant in the Mine Water Management division of SRK Consulting in Brisbane.

“A typical day at work involves hydrological and environmental analysis of a range of mining projects overseas. This can include water balances, peak flow assessments, flood, environmental and water quality modelling, sediment and erosion plans, groundwater investigations, ArcGIS topographic analysis, reporting, client presentations and project management,” says James.

South Africa to Thailand
Within just the last year James has spent two weeks in South Africa running a water balance training course, six weeks in Vancouver working on water management studies for mines, and time in Laos and Thailand working on a major water balance/quality project.

“As well as enjoying the variety of work, I have also managed to make the most out of each overseas trip. Recently I participated in an amazing two-day safari in South Africa, and went hiking, sturgeon fishing and on a three day kayak adventure into the inlets and coves around outer Vancouver.”

Earth Sciences focus
The former Tauranga Boys’ College student completed a Bachelor of Science (BSc) and a Master of Science (MSc) with first class honours at Waikato University, majoring in Earth Sciences and focusing primarily on environmental science, hydrology, soil science and geochemistry.

“Undertaking my MSc allowed me to gain the Masters Research Scholarship, a $12,500 grant, and also a fully funded research thesis by the Department of Conservation (DOC). Having a grant from DOC provided me with the backing to manage a large and detailed study, where the great results led to a co-authored paper with my two supervisors, Dr David Campbell and Professor Louis Schipper.”

Future goals
As for the future, James’ goal is to become a well-rounded scientist in hydrology and environmental science. “Eventually I’d like to become a senior consultant, and potentially open my own consulting firm in hydrology, environmental science and possibly, renewable energy.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Bodega: Venue Closing At The End Of The Year, After 25 Years Of Music

"It is with considerable sadness that, for reasons beyond our control, we regret to announce the closure of Bodega’s doors at the end of this year, after 25 years of faithful and committed service to live music in Wellington." More>>

Memorabilia: Te Papa Buys Peter Snell Singlet

Te Papa has purchased the singlet worn by Peter Snell at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics at an auction this morning at Cordy’s auction house in Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Women At The Centre

In the first chapter of her epic History of New Zealand Women, Barbara Brookes places a version of the Māori creation story alongside that of the Pākehā colonists, setting the scene for how each society saw women. The contrast is startling. More>>

In Auckland Art Gallery: A Tour Of Duty

I had already started my journey through the exhibited collections when an audio announcement about a guided tour to embark shortly from the foyer was made, I decided to join in. Why not? More>>

Art: ‘Holiday’ Wins IHC Art Awards

An intricate embroidered cushion by Wellington artist Jo-Anne Tapiki has won the 2016 IHC Art Awards and $5000. Jo-Anne started working from IHC’s Arts on High studio in Lower Hutt 18 months ago and this is the first time she has entered the competition. More>>

‘Quasi’: Christchurch Art Gallery Reveals Rooftop Sculpture

Christchurch-born and internationally renowned artist Ronnie van Hout has had a huge hand in Christchurch Art Gallery's latest outdoor installation. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news