Meet Leiaka, PhD student in sedimentology

"'But, you don't look like a geologist.'

This line has been repeated to me so many times and resonated with me so long, that I almost allowed it to become the Achilles heel, in this leg of my Geo-journey!

But I am Leiaka (she/her), a sedimentologist, pursuing my doctorate at the Colorado School of Mines. My research entails assessing the stratigraphic architecture of fluvial deposits in arid continental rifts, using a combination of outcrop data and satellite imagery. I come from the twin-island Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies.

I am fascinated by all geoscience-related topics, from the actual physical and historical geoscience, to policy and science communication. I have wanted to be a Rock Doc., since I was seven years old. But I must confess, working on my Ph.D. has been one of the most challenging experiences of my life. Simultaneously, it has been an incredible journey, and I continue to learn so much about myself as a geoscientist and a person. The main thing being I do look like a geologist and my thoughts matter! So please don’t hesitate to say hello or ask about my research (I also enjoy talking about travel, tea and gardening).

I now bid you adieu, through two of my favorite quotes:

'You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.' - Maya Angelou

To whom much is given, much will be required (Luke 12:48)"

- Leiaka (she/her)

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