Early career scientist representatives
Early career scientists (ECS) make up a significant proportion of the EGU membership and it’s important to us that your voices get heard. One way to do this is to get in touch with your early career scientists representative, or better yet, volunteering to get involved in your division/programme group.
Union-level ECS representative
While the division ECS representatives gather feedback from early career researchers in their fields, the Union-level ECS representative gathers information from each of the division representatives and takes it to the EGU’s Programme Committee and Council, ensuring the needs of early career researchers in the Earth planetary and space sciences are met at the General Assembly, and throughout the year.
- Union-level ECS Representative
As the Union-level Early Career Scientists representative, I am here to voice the needs and ideas of Early Career Scientists to Council. In addition, I will contribute to the development and implementation of a more inclusive and sustainable General Assembly. My background is in tectonics and structural geology, using numerical and analogue modelling methods, structural geological data and (in the near future) geophysical data to solve geological problems at the scale of the lithosphere. This multi-disciplinary skill-set allows me to communicate with scientists with many different background, which hopefully proves to be a very useful skill next year, when I represent the Early Career Scientists at Union-level.
Anita Di Chiara
- Deputy Union-level ECS Representative
As the Deputy Union Early Career Scientists representative, I will be shadowing Anouk for a year to learn about the EGU structure and how to enhance the role and importance of ECS in the scientific community within the EGU.
My background is in geology and paleomagnetism, the study of the Earth’s Magnetic Field variations recorded on rocks to understand its origin and evolution, to reconstruct tectonic rotations and paleoclimatic variations and as dating and correlating tool for volcanics, sediments and archeological sites. The multidisciplinary of my studies allows me to connect with ECS and Senior scientists from different Divisions and the skills acquired while EMRP Division representative, together with my enthusiasm for ECS and EDI topics, will facilitate my dialogue with ECS and my role as future ECS Unionwide representative.
Division ECS representatives
Early career scientists representatives are the vital link between the Union and its early career scientists membership. They give a voice to early career researchers in the Earth planetary and space sciences and ensure their needs are met at the Assembly, and throughout the year. If you have any questions, comments, thoughts or ideas for the next Assembly, don’t hesitate to get in touch with them, they’d love to hear from you!
- AS Atmospheric Sciences
Mengze is a postdoctoral researcher at Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (Atmospheric Chemistry Department), Germany. His research interests are measurements of chemical compounds in the troposphere and stratosphere in regional and global scale, as well as in indoor environments. He would like to help with strengthening ECS networks within EGU divisions, encouraging the early-career scientists to interact with other members actively, and developing their career opportunities and situations in positive ways.
- BG Biogeosciences
Hana is a postdoctoral researcher at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences – Helmholtz Centre Potsdam. Her research primarily involves the application and development of novel isotopic techniques to gain insights into past climatic and environmental changes, Earth’s biogeochemical cycles and their feedbacks, with focus on carbon cycle dynamics. She is also interested in biomineralisation processes of brachiopods and corals and what geochemistry can tell us about calcification and the state of the oceanic carbonate system. As the BG Representative, Hana hopes to motivate ECS to get involved in activities and initiatives of the EGU and the BG Division, to promote their research, enhance dissemination of scientific knowledge, and would like to encourage anyone interested in contributing to the BG blog to get in touch.
- CL Climate: Past, Present & Future
Carole is lecturer in physical geography at the University of Rouen (France) since September 2016 with expertise in limestone geomorphology, cave monitoring and palaeoclimate reconstruction from geochemical proxys. A former postdoc fellow at the AMGC research group, Vrije Universiteit Brussels and the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, she worked on the reconstruction of past climate in the Levant from geochemical proxys in speleothems. In her new role as the Climate Division ECS representative, Carole with her team hopes to build a strong ECS network in climate and contribute to making the EGU General Assembly a fruitful experience for ECS.
- CR Cryospheric Sciences
Jenny is a postdoc scientist at Friedrich-Alexander University (FAU) in Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. Her main research topics include polar meteorology and climatology, and atmosphere-cryosphere interactions. Currently, her focus is in North East Greenland, to investigate the impacts of the atmosphere on the mass balance of marine-terminating glaciers. Jenny has previously convened short-courses and been a social media rep for the EGU Cryospheric Sciences division (CR). With her role as ECS rep, she hopes to continue building bridges with other divisions to help represent ECS who may fall on the boundary between groups, and to promote equality throughout EGU.
Saioa A. Campuzano
- EMRP Earth Magnetism & Rock Physics
Some information about me: I am a postdoctoral researcher at Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in Madrid, Spain. My main research interests are the study of the Earth’s magnetic field variations in different space and time scales using from paleo- to satellite magnetic data, and the study of possible links between different geophysical and climate variables using information-theoretic tools and another sophisticated techniques.
As the EMRP ECS representative, I plan to improve the scientific collaboration into our Division but also with other Divisions in order to promote interdisciplinary works between ECS. I pretend to continue the support of mental health for ECS and the visibility of underrepresented categories within ECS (gender, disability, ethnicity).
- ERE Energy, Resources and the Environment
I am a PhD student at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences – Helmholtz Centre Potsdam. I do geochemical and numerical modelling and currently focus on studying the development of mineral scalings in geothermal systems. Above that, I am interested in many hydrogeological topics and I am generally fascinated by water.
As an ECS representative of the ERE division I wish to promote networking and provide a platform for young scientists to connect with each other. I am deeply committed to the idea that by working closely together, (early career) scientists may inspire each other and benefit from a pool of knowledge. If you want to get involved, there is always ample opportunity to do so, so please get in touch!
- ESSI Earth and Space Science Informatics
Federico is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Environmental Data Mining at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland). His research interest lies in the study of the interactions between spatial and temporal components of environmental and geographical phenomena, and their consequences in terms of spatial planning and urban geography.
As ESSI representative, he expects to contribute to the growth of his division supporting activities addressed to ECS to ensure their inclusion in all the stages of the EGU life. This means promoting networking, facilitating the comprehension of the Division and General Assembly structure, organizing activities throughout the entire year to foster the creation of a real and strong scientific community.
- G Geodesy
Katrin is a postdoc at the Astronomical Institute at the University of Bern in Switzerland. Her research interest are in satellite geodesy, gravity field modeling and the GRACE gravity mission.
In her new role as the Geodesy Division ECS representative, Katrin hopes to build a strong ECS network, in geodesy and across disciplines, and contribute to making the EGU General Assembly an even better and fruitful experience for ECS.
- GD Geodynamics
Anna Gülcher is a PhD student in the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics group at ETH Zürich and works on compositional heterogeneity in the Earth and its effect on mantle dynamics. For this, she aims at putting geophysical, geological and geochemical observations in a geodynamically coherent framework.
Anna has been involved as a co-editor for the GD blog and as the upcoming GD ECS Rep, aims at even more connecting the GD community through various ECS events, the GD blog and through social media. For this, collaboration with the other active GD ECS volunteers has a high priority. Moreover, Anna hopes to further strengthen the link between neighboring divisions. If you’re interested in getting involved, don’t hesitate to get in touch!
Tim van Emmerik
- GI Geosciences Instrumentation and Data Systems
Tim works at Wageningen University, The Netherlands, as Assistant Professor in Hydrologic Sensing. His research focuses on developing methods to (better) measure various aspects of the hydrosphere, from riverine plastic pollution to vegetation water stress. As an ECS representative for the GI Division, his mission is to build a strong ECS network within GI that actively participates in the scientific community. His objectives are to (1) build an active ECS committee, (2) improve GI online outreach, (3) connect to the GI ECS membership through scientific and informal sessions at EGU and (4) initiate interdivision activities. If you’re interested in getting involved, you can shoot Tim an email!
- GM Geomorphology
I’m a Postdoc in geology/geomorphology at the University of Tübingen. In my research, I use Cosmogenic Nuclides and thermochronology to investigate the dynamics of topographic growth and landscape evolution in relation to subduction dynamics and the importance of Geo-Bio interactions for erosion.
As ECS representative, I aim to further support the path that EGU has undertaken towards a more sustainable, inclusive and interdisciplinary conference. I am here for all early career scientists who want to reach out and help actively shape the conference program.
- GMPV Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology & Volcanology
Emily is a PhD student in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge. She studies gas and aerosol emissions from volcanoes, with a particular emphasis on emissions of trace metals. Her research involves tracing the pathways of metals and metalloids from the shallow magmatic system to the atmosphere and the processes that take toxic elements downwind. The GMPV team aims to raise the profile of GMPV to all members and to create support for GMPV ECS members. They connect to the community through social media (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) and through the GMPV blog. The GMPV team also aims to support ECS members in their future careers by providing them with resources to explore their options and by promoting their research across multiple platforms. If you would like to know more please get in touch!
- HS Hydrological Sciences
Caitlyn is a PhD candidate at Arizona State University. She focuses on using in situ microbial methods to reduce the potential of earthquake-induced liquefaction in vulnerable locations. She is performing research on biochemical techniques to reduce crude oil contamination in soils. Caitlyn is passionate about growing collaboration in the geoscience community and interaction between scientists and policy-makers and is working to synthesize best practices.
As an ECS rep, she hopes to provide ECSs with additional resources for professional development and opportunities to practice their building skills. Additionally, she is excited to continue to bridge international hydrology communities, like the American Geophysical Union, together to share resources and strengthen the global community.
Caitlyn is an active rock climber and backpacker and still relies on geology friends to identify rocks.
- NH Natural Hazards
I’m currently a postdoc fellow at Universita` degli Studi di Padova, Italy. I’m a volcanologist and I’m working on developing a novel technique to detect and monitor volcanic ash in the atmosphere after an explosive eruption occurred. More in general, I’m interested in volcanic explosive dynamics, techniques to better understand and monitor them and their related hazards. I’m also involved in NH division blog as author and editor.
As ECS representative, I hope to get more ECS involved and excited in the division activities so that creating and maintaining a network as well as connections with other divisions becomes easier and more proficuous for everyone. I’m a strong believer that collaboration is the key to go further in everything we do.
- NP Nonlinear Processes in Geosciences
Tommaso is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Space Astrophysics and Planetology, an Instiute within INAF (National Institute for Astrophysics), in Rome, Italy. His work focuses on nonlinear dynamical system approaches and time series analysis in geosciences with particular interests in solar wind – magnetosphere – ionosphere interactions and coupling, space and near-Earth plasma turbulence, and Earth’s climate dynamics.
As ECS representative he aims to create an active ECS community within the NP Division by proposing new short courses, as the Meet EGU events to discuss the future and challenges of the nonlinear geosciences by bringing together NP officers and ECS, by increasing social media activities and news, and by improving ECS experience at the EGU General Assembly.
Meriel J. Bittner
- OS Ocean Sciences
Meriel is a PhD student at the Marine Biological Section of the University of Copenhagen. She is passionate about marine biogeochemical cycles and biological oceanography. Although, originally from Germany she studied in Austria and holds a degree in Ecology and Ecosystems from the University of Vienna, where she worked on the deep sea and marine carbon cycling mediated by microbes. Meriel’s current research focus is on vitamins in the coastal ocean. As the ECS Representative she wants to further increase the outreach and science communication by the OS division. Meriel hopes to encourage networking among the ECS and promote an inclusive science community. For questions or getting involved please reach out!
- PS Planetary and Solar System Sciences
I’m a PhD student at the Swedish Institute for Space Physics (IRF) in Uppsala. My research focuses on plasma in Saturn’s ionosphere, the effect of dust within and the influence of the rings on the ionisation balance, with a personal interest in auroral studies on the side. Previously I spent three semesters at UNIS on Svalbard and wrote my thesis on small-scale auroral fragments there.
As the new PS ECS representative, my focus is to assemble a nice team of motivated ECS, increase the online interaction with the PS community and organize some community events. I’m looking forward to representing the PS ECS and collaborating with other divisions over the next years!
Janneke de Laat
- SM Seismology
Janneke is the main point of contact for the Seismology ECS representative team. She is a PhD student in seismology at the Dublin Institute for Advanced studies in Ireland. She works on global surface-wave tomography, i.e. visualising the Earth’s lithosphere using seismic surface waves. She is mainly focussed on the Australian plate and the North Atlantic region, hoping to better understand the structure and evolution of these tectonically fascinating areas. She is excited to start as the ECS SM representative and work together with the enthusiastic ECS SM team to connect and support the seismology community and strengthen the bond with the neighbouring divisions. The ECS SM team is active through the SM blog, social media and organize their yearly ‘Seismology 101’ short course at the EGU GA.
- SSP Stratigraphy, Sedimentology and Palaeontology
Madeleine is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Copenhagen. Her research interests lie in understanding the complex interactions between the various and numerous drivers of Mesozoic climate change both on a global and regional scale.
As the SSP ECS representative, she and the SSP ECS co-rep, John Counts, plan to bring more networking opportunities to SSP early career scientists, between both each other and potential employers. Together, Madeleine and John hope to enable new EGU General Assembly attendees to get the most, in terms of exchange of scientific knowledge, broadening research ideas, and understanding potential future research opportunities, out of their EGU General Assembly experience.
Layla Márquez San Emeterio
- SSS Soil System Sciences
Layla is a PhD student in Soil Biogeochemistry at Institute for Natural Resources and Agrobiology of Seville, Spain (IRNAS-CSIC). Her research focuses on soil organic matter (SOM) and carbon turnover rates in representative Mediterranean soils from southern Spain. She is developing analytical approaches that comprises structural and chemical aspects related to SOM, such as microbial biomarkers and isotopes, to elucidate SOM transformation.
Recently, she has been contributing to the SSS Division as a co-editor and creator content of the Division Blog, as well as actively collaborating in social media. As the new ECS representative and along with the other two ECS co-representatives: Daniel Evans and Mika Turunen, she aims to continue building and strengthen relationships among not only the soil sciences community, but also with other divisions. We will work to share resources, promote networking, and facilitate opportunities in our field.
- ST Solar-Terrestrial Sciences
Theresa is in her third year of her PhD at the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø. She is working with active experiments and Incoherent scatter radars studying the electromagnetic wave and plasma interactions in the ionosphere and space.
As ECS rep, she and her small team aim to create and contribute to an active early career scientist community in the ST division. They organise a popular short course (Meet the Experts – The future of solar terrestrial research) to bring together established researchers and ECS to talk and discuss the future and challenges of our field.
- TS Tectonics and Structural Geology
David Fernández-Blanco’s research explores how the Earth’s vertical motions evolve over time. David’s research agenda covers post-rift events in Morocco, big transform faults in Sumatra, orogenic plateau growth in Turkey and interaction of plate boundaries in Greece. Using fieldwork and taking a holistic stand, he combines geomorphology, tectono-stratigraphy and structural geology approaches at regional scales. His passion for research is reflected in active community involvement and geo-communication efforts.