"Hello! My name is Anselm Krause and I am a master’s candidate at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. I am currently studying geomorphology and neotectonics relating to subduction zone driven surface uplift/deformation. I obtained a Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Riverside and I have experience working the geotechnical consulting and scientific non-profit outreach at Blueprint Earth.
Growing up in southern California and being raised by a geologist, geology and topics relating to earthquakes were always on my radar. When I figured out that I did not want a cubicle job, I knew conducting science in the field and being able to travel was a career I want to pursue. After considering all the different sub-disciplines in geoscience, I discovered a passion in understanding and communicating changes in landscape and associated hazards. However, I never thought my identity would get involved in my experiences as a geologist and a scholar.
Being ethnically mixed (German and Chinese), my identity is always a question that I still delve on the daily. Additionally, my mixed traits have put in me in a position where some perceive or even assume who I am and slot me incorrectly. To my white colleagues, I am white passing, and some BIPOC colleagues see me as an Asian American. Sometimes, it has been inferred that my "whiteness" exempts me from obtaining or expressing insight in racial struggles, especially in Asian American topics. In the reverse, there are situations where white presenting professionals feel comfortable making overtly racist comments about various BIPOC groups without knowing they are perpetuating microaggressions that also affect me. These frustrating and invalidating experiences have taught me just how racism and bigotry can be fluid, dynamic, subtle, and even unique. Nonetheless, my negative experiences have driven me to encourage diversity and empathy, as well as granted me the strength to stand up alongside historically disadvantaged students and colleagues.
As we know, the geoscience community lacks diversity in the industry and academia. But I still feel it is very important that individuals or wide platforms encourage diverse thinking and allow for mixed voices to be amplified. Amongst other mixed individuals, there is a common feeling of hiding one’s racial identity/identities to avoid having to explain themselves or receiving negative stereotypical assumptions. With that said, I am grateful for outlets like Diverse Geologist to empower diverse and unique voices to be heard so we can come together as a community and tackle this issue. Finally, shoutout to all those who identify as mixed, halfie, bothie, happa, multi-racial, etc."
- Anselm Krause (he/him)