Unique Scientist: Gabriel A. Durrant

Say hello to geologist Gabriel (Gabe) Durrant (He/him)! Gabe is a currently working on his Masters degree at Kent State University in the USA!

What kind of scientist are you?
I just finished my bachelor’s degree in Geology and am continuing on to a Masters in GIS [geographic information system].

What made you want to become a scientist?
There are so many possibilities! Growing up I loved learning how things worked and taking them apart. Studying geology gives me a look into what happened before, so we know what can happen going forward.

“Studying geology gives me a look into what happened before, so we know what can happen going forward.”

Gabe Durrant

What makes you a #UniqueScientist?
Not sure if this is that unique, but I have started my science later in life. I’m 38 years old and just received my BS. I am currently working towards my Masters in GIS.

[Editor’s note: YES, it is #unique!]

What’s something cool you do outside of work?
I love music and I sing, play drums, and a little guitar.

If you had one wish and could change anything in science, what would it be?
I wish that more people had access to it. The recent change in definition for the kg is a great step in that direction, but there are so many wonderful minds out there that can’t get their hands on science due to cost, accessibility, or location.

“[…] there are so many wonderful minds out there that can’t get their hands on science due to cost, accessibility, or location.”

Gabe Durrant

Who has inspired you the most in your journey to where you are now?
My mom – she would always take me to her college classes, so I got exposed to it at a very young age. She would always find things at garage sales or thrift shops that she thought I would like to take apart to see how they worked.

Let’s end on a high note! What’s something you’ve done this week that you’re proud of?
I completed my scheduling for the Esri User Conference 2019 where I will be a student assistant!

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