Amelie Roberts, PhD Student

During my PhD, I am looking at large- and small-scale sedimentary structures associated with sediment fans on Mars. At the large-scale, I have investigated the detailed geomorphologies of the sediment fan at the landing site of the European Space Agency’s exomars rover. At the small-scale, I am lucky to be involved with the Curiosity mission on Mars where I am investigating sedimentary structures photographed by the rover’s camera, ‘Mastcam’, and am also involved with day-to-day rover operations.

I really enjoy being a PhD student. With events such as pub quizzes, brunches, and Friday socials hosted by the Department, I quickly became integrated within the PhD community and am now a proud member of both the Gradsoc and Fribes committees.

I have an integrated Masters in geology (MGeol) from the University of St. Andrews and, through internships at the Open University and Western University (Canada), I was able to explore the planetary side of geology through remote sensing of Mars, fieldwork of analogue sites on Earth, and rover operations.

At Imperial, I can continue all of these areas of research that I enjoyed as an undergraduate - the remote sensing, field trips, and rover operations, as well as investigate data that no one has ever seen before.


Arianna Olivelli, PhD student

My PhD research is in Marine and Isotope Geochemistry. I study the transport pathways of lead pollution from land to the ocean by investigating the lead isotope composition of seawater. I do this by processing seawater samples in clean laboratory rooms and measuring the lead content of the samples on a mass spectrometer.

For me, the best thing about doing a PhD is being able to spend every day thinking about the ocean, its structure, and its movements. I am incredibly happy that my everyday job combines two of my greatest passions: science and the ocean.

Before joining Imperial for my PhD, I did a BSc in Geology at the University of Milan – Bicocca (Italy) and a MSc in Marine Sciences at Utrecht University (The Netherlands). During and after my masters, I also worked as a researcher in the Marine Debris team of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Hobart, Tasmania (Australia).