LGBT+ History Month: Celebrating diversity in the climate community – Jazmin Scarlett

In this series we shine a light on some of the talented members of the LGBT+ community working or studying in climate change and environment.

Dr Jazmin Scarlett, independent researcher in historical and social volcanology (she/her)

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Higher education needs to be more inclusive and diverse across gender, sexuality, ethnicity and so on. Higher education, in particular students, benefit so much from a diverse team.

Tell me a sentence about yourself.

Black, queer and disabled early career researcher in historical and social volcanology.

What has been the highlight of your research career?

Spending four months across my Master’s and PhD on St. Vincent and the Grenadines collecting my data by interviewing people, being in the archives and climbing the volcano I was researching, La Soufrière.

What first made you care about climate change/environment?

It was learning about the environment and climate change in secondary school in geography. I was just fascinated by the subject and understanding how actions or inactions can impact the environment negatively or positively.

Do you have a pet environmental peeve?

Not a pet peeve as such, but I do find it irritating that some people think that one solution in one environment, can be a solution applied to a completely different environment. For example, planting trees in an area that shouldn’t technically have them like a peat bog or grasslands.

What was your favourite thing about working in higher education?

I enjoyed helping students grow and reach their fullest potential and the ideas they came up with in their work.

What could be better about working in higher education?

Higher education needs to be more inclusive and diverse across gender, sexuality, ethnicity and so on. Higher education, in particular students, benefit so much from a diverse team. Earth science in higher education is still very much dominated by cisgender straight older men.

Tell us about an LGBT+ figure you admire (current or historical)?

Lady Phyll, the Co-Founder and Director of Black Pride UK, Europe’s largest celebration for African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American and Caribbean-heritage LGBT+ people.

Follow Jazmin on Twitter: @scarlett_jazmin

For more information about the LGBT+ community at Imperial see Imperial600, the LGBT+ staff network and IQ, LGBT+ student society.

News story

Climate and environment researchers talk about their LGBT+ heroes

Discover more about LGBT+ History Month, find out why pronouns are important and read more Q&As in this news article.

Upcoming events

Imperial 600 & Women@Imperial Week | Featuring Inspiring LGBT Women

9 March, 12:00-13:00, online  

Imperial 600 is supporting the broader International Women’s Day (IWD) programming happening across Imperial College London in March 2021, and we’re very pleased to host Michelle Raymond, a senior leader at MyGWork a global networking hub and job board for LGBT+ professionals and graduates.

Additionally, Michelle is an accomplished musician who’s played with some of the biggest names in music today.

LGBT History Month edit-a-thon

26 February, 14:00-16:30, online  

Wikipedia – the world’s largest online encyclopedia – overwhelmingly recognises the achievements of white men.

This event is your chance to help change that by learning how to become a Wikipedia author and editor then putting that knowledge into practice straight away to start chronicling the achievements of LGBTQ+ people on this online platform.

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