B.S. Geology: Geology 2015
Alyssa Fjeld is an alum of the UTC geology program. She has spent the last two years at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. She recently completed her Master of research thesis in palaeobiology where she used various analytical techniques (from SEM to EDXS) to examine the micro-ornament and ultrastructure of a group of early Cambrian marine invertebrates called tommotiids. Prior to her endeavors in Sydney, she interned at the National Park Service, and taught English and Science as part of the JET teaching exchange program.
When asked about how her experience at UTC prepared her for what she is doing today, she says: “I had no way of knowing when I first began my journey with UTC in 2010 just how many amazing opportunities lay ahead, thanks to the skills I built both in the lab and in the field. UTC offers a unique emphasis on building practical skills, with flexibility in its course design that allows students to move beyond theory or basic practices into developing the specific skills needed for their career path. Through the individual studies courses, I was able to hone in on skills of my choosing- like fossil sample collection and processing, or creating thin sections- that helped me discover what areas of geoscience I liked, which ones I was good at, and how to apply those skills to real research questions. The smaller class sizes and variety of knowledgeable geoscience staff promote discussion and diverse perspectives. No matter how far I go from home, the lessons learned with Geology faculty have served me well. I hope that you, too, hammer success out of your time at UTC!”