Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sunday Soil Scientist: Andi

Why did you become a soil soil scientist? 

Was it your childhood? A passion? A want to change the world? Were you inspired?

I will be posting, when I have willing scientists, Sunday shorts on why they became a soil scientist.

In the meantime, let me introduce you to Andi.

Andi Halliday - Soil Scientist, Forest Lover, Bushfire Fighter

Being surrounded by bush, going bushwalking and exploring as a child, and later on being involved as a volunteer bush fire fighter, there is no doubt as to how and why Andi became a scientist.

Starting a career in IT, Andi quickly realised his passions laid elsewhere; in environmental science. He pursued an undergraduate and honours degree to change careers. His passion lies in forestry and soil, as well as sustainable agriculture and food security. He wants to work on positive sustainable development  and a healthy happy future for all.

I recently visited Andi, and I was lucky enough to get a personal tour of some of his favourite bush. This is what inspires him to care for and understand the environment:

 From the mountains to the ocean...

... there is certainly some amazing soil. Look at that mottle!

And, I finally got to see some Flax Flowers...

... and beautiful Angophora trees.

And so many beautiful flowers. 

Andi has always loved the environment, and growing up surrounded by bush it is no wonder. 

Why did you become a soil scientist? If you want to share your story, please message me below or email me at jess (dot) drake (at) gmail (dot) com :)

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