GeoBus is available to visit all secondary schools in all educational authorities around Scotland. Teaching packages cover broad areas of Earth science and are aimed at supporting STEM subject teaching generally, as well as highlighting career opportunities in Earth Science and other STEM subjects.
Our fundamental aim is to engage with pupils to enhance their understanding of Earth Science, and provide resources and support to teachers across the UK whose main subject may not be geology. All of the GeoBus teaching packages are based around hands-on and interactive learning, and all the resources involved in the activities are brought to the school.
School visits are coordinated by Kathryn Roper and the workshops are delivered by Kathryn, Jen Brooke and Sean Doherty. GeoBus was developed by geologist Dr Ruth Robinson, and is directed by Ruth and Dr Claire Cousins. We have an active Steering Committee composed of the GeoBus team plus representatives from our sponsor companies, which meets twice a year to discuss the achievements, workshop developments, social media, competitions and finances of GeoBus.
Meet the GeoBus Team
Ruth is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences. She has a BSc in Geology from the City University of New York (1992) and a PhD from Penn State University (1997). She is the Director and founder of GeoBus and provides overall direction and vision for the project as well as managing the funding, budgets and publications. Her particular research interests are in non-marine sedimentary systems and geochronology.
Claire is currently a Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Fellow and will be a Lecturer in Earth Sciences as of October 2018. She is Co-PI of the Geobiology Laboratory and a member of the St Andrews Centre for Exoplanet Science. Her research interests include robotic exploration of Mars, constraining the habitability of extraterrestrial environments, and understanding how biomarkers are preserved in the rock record.
Kathryn is the Education Coordinator for GeoBus. She has a BSc in Geosciences from the University of St Andrews (2009) and a PG Teaching Diploma from the University of Aberdeen (2010). She is a qualified teacher, having taught at Ardrossan High School before joining GeoBus. She coordinates visits to schools, liaises with teachers, co-teaches the workshops and develop workshops with industry and researchers.
Jen is the Education Officer for GeoBus. She graduated from The University of Edinburgh in 2012 with a BSc in Geology, before studying the movement of hydrogen in minerals in the deep Earth for her PhD, which she also undertook at the University of Edinburgh. Jen co-teaches the workshops, coordinates all GeoBus social media – including managing the YouTube channel – and is involved in the development of workshops.
Sean is the GeoBus Assistant. He has a joint honors BSc in Geology and Archaeology from the University of Birmingham (2007). He has worked on making Geology more accessible to the public with a particular interest in the Fossil Grove site in Glasgow. He manages the GeoBus store room, visits all schools on the road and is involved in developing new workshops.
John is a Senior Petrophysicist at Maersk and has been with the company since 2011. John is a member of Earth Science Education Scotland and the Earth Science Education Unit (ESEU). His previous jobs include Shell (2006 – 2011), DataCo (2002-2006), and Baker Atlas (1999-2002). He has a BSc in Geology from the University of St Andrews (1997) and an MSc in Petroleum Geology from the University of Aberdeen (1998).
John is the Communications Executive and Advisor at Shell UK and has been with the company since 1991.
His other roles within Shell include Social Investment Advisor, and acting as the UK Manager of Shell LiveWIRE and Springboard programme.
He started in Shell as a Graphic Designer.
Myles is a Geoscientist at Centrica Exploration & Production, currently working on gas fields in sedimentary rocks buried deep beneath the Irish Sea. This requires a good background in geology and geophysics which Myles acquired studying at Leeds University and Royal Holloway University of London, combined with good knowledge of the rocks found in the subsurface of the area. Myles’s favourite aspect of geology is understanding the subsurface structures formed by the rock formations and how they interact with clastic sedimentology, with a keen interest on the North Atlantic Margin.
In addition to the GeoBus team members, student volunteers often come along to assist with delivering workshops – especially for our Enterprise Challenge activities. Many of our students are from the University of St Andrews, but we have volunteers from different universities across Scotland.
If you are interested in volunteering with GeoBus, please get in touch to find out more.