Eva Enkelmann received her doctorate from the TU Bergakademie Freiberg in 2005. After her doctorate, she conducted research at various universities, including Tübingen, Lehigh University and the University of Cincinnati in the USA. Since 2017, she has been a professor at the University of Calgary. There, she likes the close interaction of the university with industry and authorities, such as the geological services. Canada is the second largest country on earth and very rich in natural resources. Its economy is based primarily on their extraction. This is also reflected in research. Often, Canadian research funding is prioritized to projects where scientists collaborate with non-academic partners. Students involved in such research learn about the applied side of their studies and expand their network, which often leads to later hires. Prof. Enkelmann herself has worked on research projects in India, central China, Myanmar, Argentina, the western United States, Alaska, and the Canadian Cordillera. She is currently conducting active research projects in the northern Canadian Cordillera (NWT and Yukon) and in the southern Canadian Cordillera (Alberta and BC) as well as along the eastern edge of North America.
To date, there is also a lively exchange with former colleagues at TU Bergakademie Freiberg and Prof. Enkelmann is a guest at the institute at least every two years.
The latest project of the dedicated researcher is a project of the heart. She has written a book, Rocky Voices - The memories of minerals that form the Rocky Mountains. "This book is aimed at young adults and families who want to learn more about geologic processes and the Rocky Mountains through entertaining and adventurous stories." The characters in the book reveal the fascinating world of rocks and minerals in the Rockies in surprising, funny, and sometimes dramatic ways. Eva Enkelmann says of herself that her motivation as a geologist is to read the minds of rocks and uncover their hundreds of millions of years of history to inspire others.