Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Grace Anne Stewart Speaker Series

Celebrating Diversity in the Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Department

Chris Schneider and Georgia Hoffman Poster

71 (combined) years as a woman in the field: Perspectives as student, academic, industry, and government geoscientists

Tuesday April 3rd, 2018, 5PM, ESB 1-23

Professional Development Seminar:
71 (combined) years as a woman in the field: Perspectives as student, academic, industry, and government geoscientists
The Grace Anne Stewart Speaker Series will be holding a discussion-based question-and-answer session about what it is like to be a woman and a professional geoscientist. The guest speakers will be Georgia Hoffman and Chris Schneider and the seminar will be held in ESB 1-23 at 5 pm on Tuesday, April 3rd. This session will count as Professional Development hours for graduate students who attend. Please email the for more information.

Chris Schneider received B.A. degrees in geology and archaeology from the University of Minnesota in 1999 and a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2003. After that, she spent 5 years in postodoctoral positions and visiting assistant professorships at Cornell College, Appalachian State University, California State University at Bakersfield, University of California, Davis, and Colorado College. On moving to Canada, she worked three years at the Alberta Geological Survey as a carbonate stratigrapher, leaving that job to return to teaching by becoming sessional for one semester at the University of Alberta. Chris is currently a geological specialist for Beryl Mining Company, currently under contract to Suncor, and is an adjunct professor in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Chris's research includes geohazards and carbonate stratigraphy beneath the oil sands, mass extinction survivorship with relevance to creating successful marine protected areas, and climate change effects on marine intertidal ecosystems.

Georgia Hoffman received a B.A. in geology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1970. She then moved to Alberta and began an M.Sc. in geology at the University of Alberta, but when a summer job mapping coal deposits in the foothills turned into a permanent job, she began a career in industry. She has worked for a variety of mining companies, energy companies, and consulting companies, and in 1995 she completed an M.Sc. in Biological Sciences (Paleobotany) at the U of A. Most recently, she has worked for Beryl Mining Company under contract to Suncor, and for Aeon Paleontological Consulting Ltd.

About the Speaker Series

The Grace Anne Stewart Speaker Series connects students and faculty of the Earth and Atmospheric Science (EAS) department to a greater diversity of female scientists by inviting two female scientists to visit the department each year. The program is designed to expand the professional networks of faculty and students, foster discussion about gender equity, and provide students with more female role models/mentors.

Grace Anne Stewart Speakers are invited to participate in several events during a 1-2 day visit:

  • A one-hour research talk presented as part of the ATLAS talk series. These talks are coordinated by the EAS department’s graduate student society and are attended by department students (graduate and some undergraduate), post-doctoral researchers, and faculty members.
  • A ‘Behind the Scenes’ informal question and answer session where graduate students can learn more about the speaker’s career path.
  • A wine and cheese social event with department faculty and graduate students.
  • Additional small group or one-on-one meetings with faculty or students with shared interests. These might include lab tours or class visits.

For more information or to express your interest in the Grace Anne Stewart Speaker Series please contact:



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