Yes, it’s true. 🙂
Abhishek Tiwari undertook all of his studies in Geology at The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda and graduated in 2015.
He’s currently working on Biogeochemistry at the Physical Research Laboratory,Ahmedabad; one of India’s stellar scientific institutions AND will be joining the Geological Survey of India as a Geologist in April, this year!
Furthermore, his area of interests happen to be as diverse as can be; Geology, Glaciology and Marine Geology.
He also runs a brilliant Facebook page called, ‘Geology Freak‘ and has his very own website .
I am truly excited to reveal his insightful answers to my questions!
A career in research such as yours, requires serious passion and wise academic planning. Do you agree?
The reason behind choosing Physics and Chemistry was to avoid Mathematics. One should choose his/her subsidiary subjects from core science subjects i.e. PCM. This selection can help you in understanding Geophysics and Geochemistry as you would learn basics of Physics and Chemistry during the first two years.
I went on to do my Master of Science in Geology at the same university and graduated in 2015.
(2) Attended Training at IITB (Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai) on Climate Science and Policies, July 2014 .
(3) Attended 15th PLANEX Workshop on “Mars and Moon: Remote Sensing and Analogue Studies” at PRL (Physical Research Laboratory), Ahmedabad, January 2015
(4) Interned at PLANEX for Martian Glaciology Project during the workshop.
Remember how eager I was to avoid mathematics from being one of my subsidiary subjects. Well, as chance would have it, I worked on “A Mathematical Model For Calculating Ice Thickness And Volume of Himalayan Glaciers” for my dissertation. A workshop on Glaciology at IISc, Bangalore helped me understand the present models for calculating ice thickness and volume. I soon realized that none of them took the curvature of the glacier valley into consideration.
Thus,to solve this problem I decided to do my dissertation on it. The dissertation involved understanding the geomorphic landscape and invoking mathematical modelling to understand the shape of the glacier valley which has to be incorporated in a new model for calculating ice thickness and volume.
Later, we took this model further to calculate rate of retreat of glaciers with time.
Exam-taking can be stressful. How did you cope with stress whilst in college?
I believe that food and music are the best stress-busters. 🙂
Do you have advice for current students who are burning the midnight oil, studying fortough papers?
Stop being afraid of what could go wrong, and try and be excited about what could go right. Try your best. Be content with yourself. Don’t compare.
What is your take on reference books that juniors absolutely must read?
Here are my top picks:
‘Introduction to Structural Geology’ by A.K. Jain.
‘The Principles of Petrology: An Introduction to the Science of Rocks‘ by G.W.Tyrell.
‘Introduction to Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology‘ by Francis J.Turner and John Verhoogen.
‘An Introduction to Economic Geology and Its Environmental Impact‘ by Anthony M.Evans.
‘Search for the Past: An Introduction to Paleontology‘ by James R. Beerbower
As the saying goes, ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’. Have you come across books or films that you have particularly liked?
1. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
2. 11 Minutes by Paulo Coelho
3. Black Holes and Baby Universes by Stephen Hawking
4. The Mad Science Book: 100 Amazing Experiments from the History of Science by Reto U. Schneider
Documentaries and films-
1. The Cannibal in the Jungle – Animal Planet 2016
2. Years of Living Dangerously 2014
3. Vice (Youtube Channel)
4. The Story of God with Morgan Freeman 2016
5. Inside Job 2010
When the winds are not going your way, adjust your sails. Life is different after college. Enjoy it to its fullest.
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