Jamie Bowie tells us about his role in the School of Geosciences travelling the world from his desk.  

Tell us about your role at the University.

I work as a Cartographer at the School of Geosciences and I have been here for two years. I have just recently completed my training with the help and guidance of fellow Cartographer Jenny Johnston and through the study of Undergraduate courses. 

I mostly work with Academics and produce maps and diagrams along with occasional visual design work. From late Spring to early autumn we also help and produce maps for the Undergraduate Geology Students who go out into the field to map geological features in places around the UK and in other countries abroad. 

How do you usually start your day?

I usually start my day at 6:30 and set off from a little village called Findochty on the Moray Firth and travel an hour and a half. It’s quite a journey but I like to listen to the radio or music during the morning and evening drive. I am now however I am now in the process of moving to a house much closer to Aberdeen.

What brought you to the University of Aberdeen?

Although I was brought up in Findochty I was born in Aberdeen and have been coming to the City for as long as I can remember. After graduating from my degree in Visual Communication and Design at Inverness the position of Cartographer opened up and it gave me the opportunity to join the Cartography Office as a trainee.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

I feel very fortunate to be able to do a job I enjoy! I get to travel the world from the comfort of my desk. So far I have been to most places in the world cartographically and no day is ever the same which makes time fly. It’s great being able to utilise my artistic skills along with my love of maps. When I was doing my degree I used to wonder what sort of job I would end up with and I am glad to say it had a happy ending. Working in the University is a delight and I feel I am at the cutting edge of research and innovation.

What are your work priorities at the moment?

At this moment I have just completed a map of the Falkland Islands along with an inset of the South Atlantic. My next map will be of Greenland and the North Atlantic Sea, I’m always exploring the world.

How do you to relax outside work?

Outside work I tend to take advantage of the local coastline and countryside and take long bike rides and to try to discover new routes and places I’ve never been to. I also enjoy singing in the local male voice choir which have various performances throughout the year. However I am now about to move into my first house and will have lots of things to keep me occupied.