In this conversation I talk with Dr. Sudha Vaddadi (above left having a coffee with me "The Fractured Geologist") who after a two decade distinguished career with the Geological Survey of India (GSI) is now visiting faculty at Fergusson College, Pune. We talk about her PhD research, mapping the complex Deccan lava flows, lack of direct recruitment in the GSI and resulting career stagnation, teaching stratigraphy and the need for more quantitative methods in Master's degree programs, working as the only woman in the GSI office, and waiting long hours in the field for bullocks to pull a broken down jeep to the nearest garage.
Our conversation and email question and answers took place from late January through the month of February. The only changes I have made to the email interview document is to add a few hyperlinks.
[modified on March 5th- changed the order of the questions, brought the question about GSI recruitment to the top]