International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2022

The Curator's Blog

This page houses a series of blogs by Museum staff exploring the history of the area of Britannia Beach, the Britannia Mine, and the townships servicing it, as well as geology and metallurgy. 

Heather with a sample containing multiple Trilobite fossils at Mount Stephen's Pass, Yoho National Park

International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2022
As a child, I would often get in trouble for asking too many questions! What drew me to science was that asking questions was not only allowed, but encouraged. What happens when I mix these two fluids? Why are there so many fish in this stream? Why are these rocks so sparkly? Science helps answer all of these!

I always knew I wanted a career related to science, but was not sure which one. There were just so many fascinating subjects. It wasn’t until I took a geology course in college that I realized I could incorporate a variety of sciences into one career. Being a geoscientist meant using more than just geology. As an exploration geologist, I use chemistry, physics, biology, and geography!

My work as a geologist has allowed me to visit so many amazing locations around the world and see my surroundings from a different perspective.

My advice for aspiring scientists is to keep asking questions, take math and science classes, and surround yourself with others who share your passion. The other women in my geology program have become lifelong friends who have encouraged and supported me every step of the way! 

Heather Flynn, Assistant Curator