School of GeoSciences

Spotlight on our alumni

We are proud of the achievements of our alumni, and we want to hear about the role that the University has played in your life as well as your journey since graduation.


My post-graduate time in Edinburgh definitely shaped my scientific thinking and helped me establish a nice network as a researcher. In addition, being an international student has also given me a global outlook, not just on my career, but also on life itself.

Dr Marjan van de Weg2011 PhD (Geography)

Vivienne Cochrane (MA Geography 1965)

Vivienne Cochrane tells us of a life marked by curiosity. Here we learn about Vivienne’s extensive travel and varied career.

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Christina de Luca

The continuous variety of student life- from shared bedsits to field trips in the Alps- stood out for Christine De Luca, and a varied career from geography teacher to award winning poet has followed.

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Piers Sellers (BSc Ecological Science 1976)

Astronaut and ecologist Piers Sellers tells us about why he decided on Edinburgh and the best things about working for NASA.

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Margaret Winter

Having grown up in Edinburgh, Margaret Winter’s highlights of her time at university were the field trips and extra-curricular activities.

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Hermione Cockburn (BSc. Hons Geography 1993/ PhD Geomorphology 1998)

Dynamic Earth's new Scientific Director Dr Hermione Cockburn, talks landscape evolution, small screen success and how her career has come full circle.

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Kirsty Duncan (PhD Geography 1993)

A Canadian with decidedly Scottish interests, Kirsty Duncan’s decision to complete her PhD at Edinburgh was a no-brainer. She tell us how, twenty years later, she is now sitting in the Canadian House of Commons.

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Susie Weeks (MSc Environmental Management and Protection 1997)

A postgraduate course at Edinburgh proved just the stepping stone Susie Weeks needed to secure the conservation job of her dreams in East Africa.

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Helen Quinn (BSc Geology and Physical Geography 2001/ PhD 2001)

Helen Quinn explains how unearthing her old University study notes has helped in her role at the BBC, including working as Assistant Producer on BBC series The Rise of the Continents.

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Georgie Bell (BSc Geography 2010)

A part time bar job and carefully chosen dissertation topic led Georgie to a high flying career as a luxury malts ambassador.

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Ben Twist (MSc in Carbon Management 2010)

From theatre director to climate change communicator and strategist, Ben Twist talks carbon management, going back to university as a mature student - and making your dissertation count.

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