My name is Dr. Kuwanna Dyer-Pietras. I am a sedimentologist and my hobbies include running, reading, hiking/camping, and spending time with my family. I am a Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship at Binghamton University in New York. I graduated with my PhD in Geology from Binghamton University in May 2019, 400 years after the first slave ship arrived in Virginia from Africa. I am the first Black woman to graduate with a PhD in Geology from Binghamton University.
Being able to use geological features to reconstruct the Earth’s past first attracted me to geoscience. After completing my postdoctoral fellowship, I plan to be hired into a full time, tenure track position in the Geology department at Binghamton University. I enjoy mentoring students and being in the classroom. I also hope to do more outreach in the future.
For me, #BiG week is an opportunity to showcase Black geoscientists around the globe and highlight the research that we do. I hope that #BiG week allows us to grow professional networks of fellow Black geoscientists and help prospective students and employees make new career connections. Diversity of geoscientists promotes diversity of perspective.