Calum Bradbury


71 Liardet Street, Vogeltown, Wellington 6021

Mobile: 027 234 9062


As a recent graduate with a MScR. in Geoscience, I am excited to pursue a GIS career. Due to my passion for geography and the environment, I’m very keen to develop my skills in GIS and computer programming.


2017-2018, University of Edinburgh

Master of Science by Research with Distinction, School of Geoscience

Main Supervisor: Prof. Simon Mudd

Thesis title: Investigating the role of climate and lithology on channel incision: A case study across the Himalaya

2011-2015, University of Edinburgh

Bachelor of Science with Upper Second Class Honours

Geology and Physical Geography, School of Geoscience

Relevant courses: Remote Sensing and Global Climate Change, Hydrogeology 1, Landscape Dynamics, Quantitative Methods in Earth Sciences, Quaternary Environmental Change, Geomorphology

Dissertation title: An Investigation into the Response of Alpine Chemical Weathering Rates to Deglaciation

2004-2011, Ryton Comprehensive School

A levels (NCEA Level 3 equivalent): Geography (A), Biology (A), Chemistry (B), Italian (B)


GIS skills:

·       ArcMap

·       ArcGIS Online

·       QGIS

·       GDAL/OGR

·       GRASS GIS


·       Python (NumPy, pandas, geospatial tools such as Fiona and Rasterio)

·       C++

·       Git version control

Other skills:

·       SQL

·       Bash scripting

·       Windows 10

·       Scientific Linux

·       Microsoft Office


2017- (September-present), Land Surface Dynamics research group, The University of Edinburgh

·       2017-2018: Master of Science by Research student. I devised a research proposal and produced an independent research project over the course of the academic year. The project aimed to quantify the dominant controls on channel steepness across the Himalayas. This involved assimilation of topographic data, alongside erosion rate, lithological, seismic strain and rainfall data.

·       Developed python scripts and modified C++ code to automate data assimilation and processing, and ran analyses on the University of Edinburgh’s Linux computing cluster. I gained an understanding of the importance of version control and creative problem solving, a key skill in coding.

·       Performed interpretation and visualisation of results using a combination of python (including pandas and matplotlib), ArcMap and QGIS.

·       I remain connected to the research group as I am collaborating on a paper with Professor Simon Mudd, detailing the main findings and techniques developed over the course of my master’s project.

2018 (January-May), Physical Geography tutor, The University of Edinburgh

·       Led tutorial discussions for first and second year students at weekly tutorials.

·       Management of work priorities was critical in preparing weekly tutorials, marking class assignments, and grading degree essays.

·       Commitment to excellence, consistency, and reliability was key in building a successful student-tutor relationship. Whilst at times challenging, it was rewarding playing a part in introducing others to the world of geoscience.

2017 (September-December), Principles of GIS demonstrator, The University of Edinburgh

·       Engaged 3rd year undergraduate to MSc. in GIS students as a practical demonstrator for the ESRI based Principles of GIS course.

·       Played a key role helping students to troubleshoot ArcMap and develop their understanding of GIS techniques. As a demonstrator building relationships with the students was critical to successful communication within the practical.

·       Gained experience communicating GIS principles and included basic SQL techniques for shapefile database management, and data source projection, transformation, and management, etc…

·       Fine tuned my own GIS skills as teaching GIS demonstrated the importance of a comprehensive base skillset and understanding of key principles.


2019 (January-June), Milford Haven Crew, Go Orange, Milford Sound

·       Engaged customers in the natural beauty and importance of Fiordland National Park and providing education on the importance of its protection.

·       Maintained self-awareness regarding the impact of our industry on the resources of the national park. Mitigation of this impact involved waste reduction, recycling, and reducing interaction between humans and wildlife wherever possible.

·       Following standard operation procedures to ensuring safe operation of the vessel, and food safety.

·       Worked as part of a new crew offering a new product, this provided significant opportunity for enhancing organisational performance through feedback within the company.

2015-2017, Working Holiday Visa, British Columbia, Canada

·       Built upon customer service skills working at Whistler Blackcomb and Fernie Alpine Resort.

·       Gained an appreciation of the importance of teamwork as a team member at The Keg Whistler.

·       Developed a strong appreciation for the importance of protecting our wild places and the broader environment whilst living and working in the natural beauty of British Columbia, Canada.


2018, Awarded a Distinction for the Master of Science by Research, School of Geoscience

2018 (May), Research project presentation at the Annual Postgraduate Conference, Edinburgh

2015, Graduated with an Upper Second Class Bachelor of Science (Honours)

2015, Awarded Edinburgh University Colours for services to university sport

2014-2015, Edinburgh University Canoe Club President

REFEREES – Available on request


September 2017/ September 2018

Masters of Science by Research (Geoscience) at The University of Edinburgh

September 2011/ June 2015

BSc. Geology and Physical Geography at The University of Edinburgh

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