Ed Bunker (Graduate Geologist)

Ed Bunker (Graduate Geologist)

Which Geological Survey Ireland programme do you work in?

What do you do?
I work with rocks, maps and data relating to mineral deposits in Ireland and around Europe.

Why does your programme do the work it does?
Minerals are in everything from phones to wind turbines. We need a variety of minerals to build a sustainable society.

When do you do fieldwork and what does it involve?
My fieldwork involves visiting mineral deposits and mines, where I study samples of rock that have been drilled from hundreds of meters below the earth's surface.

Where does your work take you?
There are interesting mineral deposits all over Ireland and my job can take me the length and breadth of the country. We also work with EU partners so international travel is definitely on the cards!

Which Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be met by the work your programme does?

  • SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production
  • SDG 13: Climate action
  • SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy
  • SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities

Skills involved:

  • Creativity
  • Analytical thinking
  • Teamwork
  • Working safely

^Where working in the minerals sector can take you.

^The sorts of things you can see and do whilst working in the Minerals Programme at GSI. Left to right: data and maps that may hold clues to finding a new mineral deposit, a drill rig in action, a drill core with zinc mineralisation, a seismic survey truck.