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Charlotte Brassey

As much as I love my job....bring on the 4 day weekend!

Favourite Thing: I love escaping my office and going out into ‘the field’ to collect new data and get my hands dirty. Sometimes I get to excavate giant bird bones from the ground, or help other students climb huge trees in the rainforest. Sometimes I just get to visit dusty old museum collections in the UK. I love anything that gets me away from my desk!

My CV

Education:

West Kirby Grammar School for Girls, West Kirby, Wirral (1998-2005); University of Manchester (2006-2009)

Qualifications:

BSc Physical Geography and Geology

Work History:

I took a gap year in between finishing my A-levels and starting university, and I went to Kenya to teach geography. I also spent a couple of summers working at Camp Lake Hubert, Minnesota, an American summer camp. Before starting my PhD in Manchester, I worked as the manager of the Echo Wheel of Liverpool, a giant observation wheel.

Current Job:

PhD student in Biomechanics

Employer:

Natural Environment Research Council

Me and my work

I study the leg bones of living birds and mammals, and then compare them to fossilised bones of dinosaurs and extinct birds. I’m interested in reconstructing how these animals would have stood and moved around on land millions of years ago.

My Typical Day

Lots of coffee! Meetings with my supervisor, plenty of time spent emailing and replying, and planning my next trip abroad. But mainly producing computer models and writing reports for my PhD.

What I'd do with the money

I want to run an open day at the Manchester Museum, teaching school groups how to create their own digital 3D models at home

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Independent. Hard-working. Stubborn.

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie)

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Working at summer camp in the USA!

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

And I can’t wish for 3 more wishes right? 1. To get more confident at talking about my work with others 2. To be a total master at programming in MATLAB (a computer language we use at work) 3. For it to be a glorious sunny day on the 23rd June when I get married (fingers crossed!)

What did you want to be after you left school?

I wanted to work in the field of environmental science, and I wanted to travel the world

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

Only for being too quiet, or not participating in group discussions enough. Typical shy kid syndrome.

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Working in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. I got to fondle so many cool dinosaur fossils!

Tell us a joke.

Q. Why did the dinosaur cross the road? A. Because it hadn’t evolved into a bird yet.

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