There are lots of changes happening around Dynamic Earth at the moment, as we look towards re-opening the centre and welcoming our visitors back again. We can’t wait - keep an eye on our social media pages & website for all the latest news and announcements! We also have some new members of our Learning Team, and in this blog, we thought we’d introduce you to the ‘new faces’ that have joined recently and who you may meet when visiting us next!
First up, we have Lauren, who is our new Online Learning Coordinator, helping to develop and deliver digital learning resources and events for the Dynamic Earth Online website.
After volunteering for a stint at ‘We the Curious’ in Bristol, Lauren embarked on an MSc in Science Communication & Public Engagement, ticking off a life goal to live in Edinburgh. Her first job post-masters was with DE pals GeoBus, where she got to travel to the farthest nooks and crannies of Scotland, teaching High School pupils about Earth Science. She moved on from GeoBus to the Edinburgh Science Festival, working there for just shy of 2 years. Most recently she’s been working two different roles in public engagement at Heriot-Watt University.
In normal times, Lauren loves to travel and play softball with her team. She’s a ‘confident beginner’ at many crafts, and particularly enjoys embroidery, sewing, and woodworking. She loves a walk with some good trees, but by far the most time-consuming hobby she has is the video game Animal Crossing! In lieu of being allowed a cat, her plant collection has also grown exponentially in the last year, taking over her entire flat.
Lauren is passionate about diversity and inclusion, and hopes to make Dynamic Earth’s amazing offering accessible to more people, including those who might not get the chance to come and visit the centre in person.
We also have two new Learning Officers joining the gang - Chris and Katrina! They will both be delivering our educational workshops to schools & groups when such visits are possible again, and in the meantime, they’re working hard ‘behind the scenes’ on lots of other exciting learning projects!
Chris joined the Learning Team at Dynamic Earth in March 2021 as a Senior Learning Officer, about ten years after first getting into science communication while studying Psychology at university. Having volunteered at a few science fairs and summer camps, he secured his first job as a science communicator for Edinburgh Science Festival in April 2013.
After graduating and struggling to identify what he wanted to do with his life – including a brief stint in Australia – Chris ended up working in any and all places that would have him, often simultaneously. He’s worked everywhere from the Edinburgh Playhouse, to the National Museum of Flight, Edinburgh Zoo and even at Dynamic Earth in our Visitor Services team! Chris then got his first full-time salaried job as a science communicator at Glasgow Science Centre, followed by 2 and a half years as an Events Developer at the Edinburgh Science Festival, putting together the events he started off delivering.
He worries that his interests always sound made up as they sound like hobbies you are taught when beginning to learn a foreign language – reading, video games, going on walks and hanging out with his friends. Pre-pandemic he played tenor sax in a local concert wind band and over the past year, he has tried to be productive by learning new skills such as lino-cutting (going OK) and learning Gaelic (less successful – the Duolingo Owl is ashamed).
Katrina joined the team having previously worked as a Visitor Services Guide for Dynamic Earth. Growing up by the ocean sparked her passion for marine conservation which led her to study first at Swansea University before completing her Masters in Marine Environmental Management at the University of York.
For many years she travelled and volunteered with various NGOs, studying whale sharks in the Philippines and coral reefs in Thailand, Hawaii and Australia. Each new adventure brought about an opportunity for her to engage with local communities and education projects. After settling down in Edinburgh, conservation education was still in the forefront of her mind and this led her to Dynamic Earth. Here, she hopes to inspire and educate the next generation.
Katrina spends most of her spare time enjoying the great outdoors, hiking, swimming, paddle boarding, and (when she can) scuba diving. She is also on her own sustainability journey aiming to reduce her carbon footprint and plastic waste.
We are delighted to welcome Lauren, Chris & Katrina on board, and wish all them all well in their careers at Dynamic Earth!