Lauren Burt

I'm still shaking. Thank you for all of you who voted for me. I am beyond words and can't wait to make my video! I am on twitter @BurtyBeaches if you want a copy! :D :D :D

Favourite Thing: Science helps to explain so much of the world around us and problem solving is my favourite thing!



University of Southampton 2013-2017. University of Exeter 2008-2011.


Masters in Coastal Engineering and Science, Geography degree, A-level (Biology, Geography and P.E) GCSE (A*, 7A’s)

Work History:

Center Parcs, The Field Studies Council

Current Job:

Coastal Scientist


Channel Coastal Observatory

About Me

South Coast Scientist who loves the outdoors

I live in Southampton, in Southern England, but I grew up in the East of England. I love exploring and the outdoors. I’ve even got into playing Pokemon Go with my partner as it gets me walking for miles and exploring! After school I went to university to learn geography. I am now studying for a Masters in Coastal Science and Engineering!


My Work

Pattern Spotting: I’m interested in how storms change our coastline

I work in an exciting area of Science where I am mostly interested in how stormy weather can cause our lovely beaches to change and sometimes disappear!

I am part of a team of ‘Coastal Scientists’ who visit lots of different beaches and we use different bits of equipment to see what happens when storm waves arrive at the beach! I have added some pictures of the different equipment that we use, I like it when people guess what they are for!

We can spot a pattern when we measure a big storm, that our beach loses sand! When it’s nice weather and the sea is calm and lovely, our beaches build up, so people can build sand castles on holiday!

My job is important because beaches protect people who live at the seaside from storms and flooding which we get every year in England. We need to know if the protection isn’t enough and whether we need to build something to stop flooding!

My Typical Day

Some days I’m in the office, other days I’m at the beach!!!

If we are at the beach, we take our equipment and collect information. We then go back to the office and look at in more detail on a computer.

We have been collecting information for 10 years now, so we can look for patterns. We can tell if a beach has changed overnight, in a week, after a storm, over the winter or whether it is changing over a long time.

It is nice to have a job where we are sometimes indoors and sometimes outdoors in the fresh air!

What I'd do with the money

I’d like to inspire others to learn about Coastal Science!

I would love to be able to promote my subject to others. When we are working we get a lot of interest in what we are doing and, although the adults understand, I would like to be able to inspire all different ages. I already visit schools to promote my science, but find that I need to collect footage of what we do and why to put this into a video as it helps to explain how important this job is!

The coast is such a beautiful place, and very interesting. I have loved understanding how physics, weather, engineering and people are all linked together. During storms, the coastline can be a dangerous place with big waves and strong winds. I would also like to demonstrate what happens during a storm!

When I was at school I did not realise how useful science, technology, engineering and maths would be, and that I could learn more about the environment with them!

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Explorer, Observer, Problem-Solver!

Who is your favourite singer or band?


What's your favourite food?

Anything Italian (pizza, pasta, ice-cream!)

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Watched the Northern Lights in Iceland

What did you want to be after you left school?

A teacher

Were you ever in trouble at school?

I got sent out for laughing too much

What was your favourite subject at school?


What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Measured how beach boulders the size of a car have been moved hundreds of meters by the sea

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

My teacher, and my Mum

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

A paramedic or a teacher!

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

1. To buy a house. 2. To travel and explore more. 2. To inspire others

Tell us a joke.

Did you hear about the magic tractor? ….It went down the road and turned into a field?!!

Other stuff

Work photos:

So, sometimes this is my office


Other days, it is not so nice in the office!


And other days i’m in an actual office!


We use different equipment to collect information on how the coastline is changing

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Some people say we look like ‘ghostbusters’ but I think we are ‘coastbusters!’

If there has been a big storm and the beach is damaged, we tell the local engineers about it and they come in and fix it! Sometimes with big diggers!

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Here are some stormy waves which cause damage to our coastline!