Inspirational Women in Science and Forestry Series
Celebrating International Day of the Forests this year will be the inspirational Rhianna Robinson, who is making her way in science and forestry. Rhianna is a Research Technician in the Timber Mechanical Properties testing lab at the Salisbury Research Facility in Brisbane.
We asked Rhianna a number of questions about school and her career. She really is an role model for young women who want a scientific career and work in nature.
1. Where did you go to school?
I went to school at St Patricks College in Gympie, QLD and I graduated in 2012.
2. What made you interested in science?
I have been passionate about science from a very early age with a strong interest in geology, soil and the interaction of the natural environment. I drew inspiration from National Geographic magazines and dreamed of being a photographer of interesting flora and fauna. Throughout school I worked with my Father in his engine reconditioning business where I gained valuable skills working with a variety of tools and machinery which has been extremely beneficial throughout my working career thus far.
3. Where did you go to uni and what did you do?
I completed a Bachelor of Environmental Science in at the University of the Sunshine Coast in 2016 and had the opportunity to study abroad in America for a semester in 2014. I specialised in geology and soil studies and volunteered and worked casually for the University and DAF throughout my degree.
4. What you are doing now?
After the completion of my degree I was lucky enough to land a position as a Research Technician in the Timber Mechanical Properties testing lab at the Salisbury Research Facility in Brisbane. This position has been an amazing opportunity where both my practicality and academia are well utilised and I am contributing to valuable projects in timber research.
5. Why should women study science?
It is so rewarding to work in science. It is exciting to be aware and contributing to the knowledge of the world around us.
You are an inspiration.