Dr. David Lowe
My interest in geosciences began as a student at Central Kings. In my senior year at Central Kings I was fortunate enough to join a class trip to Iceland, the highlight of which was a hike to the top of the Eldfell volcano on Heimaey Island, located just south of the Icelandic mainland. I also was wise enough to drop Biology and take Geology instead during my senior year. These experiences and a desire to work in and explore the natural world kindled an interest in Earth sciences that led me to take geology at Acadia.
As I was wrapping up my MSc, I was working as a laboratory technician at Memorial University where I became involved in many analytical mineralogy and geochemistry projects. At the same time, a confluence of factors shaped my decision to pursue a PhD. The first was my innate curiosity and desire to contribute to geoscience in general. The second was the financial crisis of 2008 – 2009, which effectively removed the option of a prospective post-MSc posting as an industry geologist.
Nevertheless, I successfully defended my PhD dissertation late in 2016, and after some time on the job hunt, finally landed on my feet early in 2017. It was then that I began my current position as Project Geologist with the exploration department at Atlantic Gold, based here in Nova Scotia. I currently explore for gold in the province and generate geological models and cross-sections that highlight the subsurface architecture and composition of our gold discoveries.
My long-term goals are to move into a role that involves more research and regional bedrock mapping, and to apply my industry experience to undertaking research that helps us understand and reduce uncertainty surrounding our search for natural resources.
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