Welcome to “Down to Earth”, a 30-minute podcast about innovative geoscience and the incredible people behind it. Each week, we host a different guest to talk about science, careers, and passions. From stories about meeting their idols, to investigating their science superpowers, and all the fascinating research and engineering projects in between, Down to Earth is sure to become your quick and compelling catch-up on the people and the work in geoscience. This podcast is presented by the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society.
Down to Earth: Mentorship in Geoscience
Throughout our episodes, the importance of mentorship and support has been a major recurring theme for guests’ success in the geosciences. In our final episode of Down to Earth, we speak with Dr. Qian Zhan and Dr. Josée Lévesque about their participation in the GRSS Women Mentoring Women program, and how it allowed both to grow in their careers, as well as their personal lives.
Down to Earth: Sharing SAR on Social Media
Supporting your fellow scientists comes in many forms. In this episode, Dr. Gopika Suresh tells us how she uses social media to promote the work of radar remote sensing specialists, and how an opportunity with the Twitter group “Sisters of SAR” led her to become an editor for a special section in the Journal of Remote Sensing.
Down to Earth: Intersectionality in Remote Sensing
For geoscientists who address issues such as food security and climate change, incorporating an intersectional approach is essential. That’s why Dr. Alyssa Whitcraft makes intersectionality a cornerstone of her research. In this episode, we discuss how concepts of justice and equity can be woven into geoscience work
Content Warning: This episode includes mentions of depression and postpartum anxiety. Our guest shares some of her experiences in these areas while on her journey in geoscience. Please listen with care!
Down to Earth: The Power of Travel
They say parents have a huge impact on their children. In this episode, we learn how one person in Dr. Chayma Chaâbani’s life inspired her to become an avid traveler, which has since led to a career in natural disaster remote sensing.
Down to Earth: Generational Change in Remote Sensing
Dr. Chris Schmullius has been a geoscientist since the 80s. From work in industry, to a professorship in academia, she’s seen a lot over her 40+ year career! In this episode, she shares some of the changes that she’s seen, both in forest mapping (her main scientific focus), as well as for geoscientists in general.
Down to Earth: Entrepreneurship in the Geosciences
What happens when you decide to jump into the field of remote sensing late in your career? You carve your own path to success of course! In this episode, we follow Dr. Nkeiruka N. Onyia’s journey from complete novice to successful geoscience entrepreneur and researcher!