Meet the Geothermal Energy Center’s new director (University of Nevada, Reno)
Bridget Ayling took over the director position at the GBCGE last spring. She is also about to join the GRC Board of Directors
Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy got a new director last spring, and she travelled a long road to get to her new post. Bridget Ayling was born in New Zealand. She has worked in Australia, Papua New Guinea and Antarctica.
"I think I've been really lucky to travel to some amazing places just through my job, you know, and get to some pretty rugged places to do science," Ayling said. "Everywhere you go, every country you go to, it's a new landscape."Bridget Ayling
The high desert of the Great Basin is the latest landscape to welcome Ayling, who has been interested in geology from a young age. Early fascination with limestone rocks and the fossils contained therein was met with encouragement by her parents, who fostered it with the gift of numerous books.
Ayling has spent over a decade working in the geothermal energy sector, most of that time for the Australian government. After dabbling briefly in the oil and gas industries, she saw the post at the GBCGE as a unique chance to get back into the geothermal work that she loves.