A career studying rocks from other worlds …
Dr Jessica Barnes graduated from St Andrews with a first-class BSc in Geosciences in 2011 and is now working for NASA on a project which will continue the scientific legacy of the Apollo missions. We thought we would find out about what the project entails and how her time at the University of St Andrews contributed to her career.
“I’m currently leading a team of researchers that has recently been selected by NASA to study Apollo Moon rocks brought back to Earth in 1972. These have been carefully stored and left untouched for nearly 50 years, giving my team the opportunity to continue the scientific story of the Apollo missions.
“Geosciences at St Andrews opened my eyes to the fascinating world of rocks around us. I learned how to unravel Earth’s history from outcrops along the Fife coast to rocks under the microscope, and in the classroom I was trained to be a critical and independent thinker. This experience prepared me for a career studying rocks from other worlds.”