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Greg Dash

Favourite Thing: I love talking to people and giving people the chance to express their views – representing the views of people who might otherwise not have a voice.

My CV

Education:

Swansea University, Cardiff University and Aberystwyth University

Qualifications:

BSc Biology, MSc Science, Media and Communication

Work History:

Too many jobs to list here! But I’ve previously worked in Cardiff University and worked for an agency in Edinburgh (and loads of part time work to help me fund my studies)

Current Job:

Postgraduate Researcher and Part-time Lecturer

Employer:

Aberystwyth University

Me and my work

researching what people think about renewable energy

Unlike some of the other scientists on the site, the subject of my research is people!

I look at how people interact with the landscape in the presence of wind turbines – something that’s vitally important as they are currently the best solution we have to the impending threat of climate change. When we’re thinking about Ecology its essential that we also need to include a study of us humans (the people who live in and visit the places) as we are a major part of any ecosystem.
For the past two years I’ve spent every summer in the Welsh Countryside talking to the people that visit to find out more about what they think of wind energy. I’m interested in how wind turbines make people think about the countryside and how they think it would effect their behaviour. I love walking and the outdoors so my work gives me loads of opportunities to spend time in nature and travel.

My Typical Day

What I'd do with the money

use it to take schools like yours up into the mountains to learn about the countryside through their cameras

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Tom Waits

What's your favourite food?

Pizza and Chips

What is the most fun thing you've done?

I flew 100mph down a mountain in North Wales on Europes biggest zipline

What did you want to be after you left school?

I could never really decide – it varied from wanting to be a doctor to a gasman to a scientist

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

What was your favourite subject at school?

Biology

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

I’ve had loads of opportunities to travel and have been to places I never thought I’d visit

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

Tell us a joke.

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