Gayle Plenderleith, MSc Structural Geology with Geophysics alumna

Gayle Plenderleith

What have you been doing since finishing your studies? 

Immediately after my Masters, I worked in the shallow minework treatment department of a construction services company based in Leeds. This gave me the opportunity to learn about of the practical applications of geoscience in a discipline I knew little about. After 8 months, I moved on to start my career as a petroleum geoscientist at the British Geological Survey. Since then, I have been able to more fully develop my career path in an organisation which offers both academic and commercial research opportunities.

My role at BGS is heavily based on seismic interpretation for oil and gas, renewable and geothermal projects, producing reports, papers and conference materials on my findings. 

What experiences at Leeds do you think have particularly helped with your career?

At Leeds, I learned important skills on how to approach complex problems and deliver realistic and geologically probable outcomes. As much of my work now is based on seismic interpretation, the exposure to various seismic interpretation packages and the knowledge of the limitations of seismic surveys gained during my Masters has proven to be invaluable. In general, the confidence in myself and my research abilities and the experience I gained during my masters dissertation have served me best both in my career and in life.  

Why did you choose to study your particular course and why did you choose the University of Leeds?

I chose to study here as I had a real passion for the subject and this course offered what seemed to be a thorough, engaging and valuable learning experience.

What was the best aspect of your course?

The fieldtrips have to be the best aspect of the course as they were challenging, enjoyable and informative. 

What activities outside of your studies were you involved in?

The course took up a fair amount of my time during the year, however, when not studying I enjoyed exploring the city (and pubs) with my course mates. 

What would you say to students thinking about studying your course?

I really enjoyed my time at Leeds and would not have the career I love now without having first done this course. It is a very challenging course, but one that could set you on the right path for many different career routes. You will get out what you put in!