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Department of Earth Sciences


Vicky Wright

MSci 2006

Founder, Mask-maker & Workshop Facilitator—Making Faces Theatre

Which subject did you want to study when you applied to Cambridge NatSci?
At school I was interested in physical geography, maths, and physics, but I didn't know what to specialise in for a degree. I looked at degree options in geology, geophysics, and physics at other universities, but then I discovered NatSci—perfect with its broad starting base.

What made you choose 1A Earth Sciences?
I loved physical geography at school and have a passion for the outdoors and expeditions, so the fieldwork aspect to the course was a real highlight.

What made you stay?
Several reasons: it could have been Dan MacKenzie and the Chelsea buns that he brought to our first double lecture on geophysics, or our hilarious escapades on the Arran fieldtrip (or any other fieldtrip for that matter), or looking around during the first year practical exam to see a room full of people licking rocks to test for halite!

But the biggest thing that made me stay was a fascination in learning about the natural world—taught by researchers that are deeply committed to making new discoveries, in an environment that encourages students to challenge ideas, and supported by a great community in the department.

How has doing Earth Sciences shaped your career?
I've not gone into a classic Earth science career. I loved mapping, fieldwork, and the detective work to unfold the story beneath our feet or the inter-relationships of the natural world. That passion has never faded.

After graduating, I continued learning in other disciplines: health, human anatomy, movement, theatre and the arts. For me, they are all related as a study of human nature, how we have evolved, and how we relate to the natural world.

I now bring these disciplines together to develop new STEAM ways of learning science, in particular aspects of evolution. Earth science is a key thread in my career. I look forward to continuing to explore this field through a new lens, broadening our approach to learning about the natural world.