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ECS Early career scientist representatives

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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.

Anita Di Chiara

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 the ECS and my role as ECS Union-wide representative.

Anita Di Chiara

Jenny Turton

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 moderated great debates. Previously, she was the division ECS representative for the Cryospheric Sciences division (CR). With her role as ECS rep, she hopes to continue building bridges between the divisions to help represent ECS who may fall on the boundary between groups, develop career opportunities for ECS and to promote equality throughout EGU. In her spare time, she likes to do sciencey crafts, drink gin and go running. She tweets from @TurtonJ1990.

Jenny Turton

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!

Mengze Li

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.

Mengze Li

Elisabet Martínez-Sancho

Eli is a postdoctoral researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL Her research focuses on understanding the impact of climate change on tree growth and wood formation and its feedbacks onto terrestrial cycles. She is also strongly involved in gender-equality initiatives. As a new ECS, she hopes to promote and encourage discussions at the ECS level about relevant topics for our community (e.g., gender equality, mental health, academic path) but also organize campfires of useful topics (e.g., how to improve our code, collaborative platforms, how to publish in biogeosciences). Do not hesitate to contact the BG division if you have a cool idea!! She tweets from @eli_martinezs.

Elisabet Martínez-Sancho

Janina Bösken Nett

Janina is a postdoctoral researcher at the RWTH Aachen University, Germany. She is deep in the paleoclimatology business with her focus on loess landscapes and luminescence dating. Her mission is to understand past landscapes and how climatic or environmental changes influenced Quaternary sediments. While her PhD studies were mostly consumed by optically stimulated luminescence dating, she is also an expert in geographical information systems, granulometric and geochemical proxies. As her mission involves paleoenvironmental developments, it is no surprise that she is part of a lot of geoarchaeological joint ventures dealing with the relationship between climatic conditions and the migration of early modern human. At EGU she is an enthusiastic and active member of the Outreach Team since 2018. As the CL Representative she builds upon her Outreach Team experience to give a voice to other early career scientists, promote equality and strengthen the ECS network in climate research.

Janina Bösken Nett

Tj Young

TJ Young is currently a postdoctoral researcher based at the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI), University of Cambridge. His research uses innovative radar methods to help improve our understanding of the dynamic behaviour of ice sheets, with a specific interest in radar polarimetry and how it can measure ice flow-induced fabric anisotropy. As the incoming ECS Representative for the Cryosphere Division, TJ hopes to increase JEDI (justice, equity, diversity, inclusion) activity as well as improve dialogue, both within his division as well as across the wider EGU leadership.

Tj Young

Saioa A. Campuzano

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).

Saioa A. Campuzano

Morgan Tranter

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!

Morgan Tranter

Federico Amato

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.

Federico Amato

Rebekka Steffen

Rebekka is a researcher within geodesy at Lantmäteriet (The Swedish Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registration Authority) and received her PhD from the University of Calgary (Canada). She has a background in geophysics and geology, but has been working in geodesy for many years now. Her research focuses on the modelling of changes in the displacement and crustal stress field due to past and current ice-mass changes. She also works on the development of a European velocity model.

As the new ECS representative of the Geodesy division along with the ECS co-representative (Andreas Kvas), we would like to increase the visibility of Geodesy by reactivating the EGU Geodesy Blog, organize networking events for Geodesy ECSs to give them the chance to connect with each other and share their research, and increase the dialogue between different EGU divisions. We are also planning to organize a “Geodesy 101” short course at the upcoming EGU GA.

Rebekka Steffen

Anna Gülcher

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!

Anna Gülcher

Mezgeen Rasol

  • GI Geosciences Instrumentation and Data Systems
  • Email ecs-gi@egu.eu

Mezgeen is a postdoctoral research fellow at Gustave Eiffel University and involving within the EMGCU-MAST-IFSATTR team in Paris, France. His research work focuses on the assessment of transportation Infrastructure, non-destructive techniques applied to structural damage assessment, Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), numerical modelling and data analysis approaches with particular interests in SHM. He participated in various COST ACTIONS, Horizon2020 research projects during his research career experience. As ECS representative he aims to increase the visibility of an active ECS community within the GI Division in several aspects (e.g., webinars, short courses, workshops to bring a discussion on potential future trends and challenges related to the use of instrumentations in the scientific community and expand the possible links with industry. He is also a strong believer in the ECS role in the success strategy of any community. Please, reach out for any collaborations.

Mezgeen Rasol

Aayush Srivastava

Aayush is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of St. Andrews, with background in luminescence dating and aeolian geomorphology. Currently, he is investigating the terraced landscapes in the Mediterranean region in the context of establishing an environmentally sustainable land-use strategy for rural communities. Having benefitted from EGU’s annual meetings in the past, he aims to represent diverse voices of fellow young geomorphologists in the Division’s decision-making processes and activities. Follow him on Twitter (aayushgeo) for recent updates about his work.

Aayush Srivastava

Giulia Consuma

  • GMPV Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology & Volcanology
  • Email ecs-gmpv@egu.eu

Giulia is a PhD candidate at the University of Bologna. Her research focuses on using a multi-microanalytical approach to unveil the deep mobility of carbon and sulfur in fossil continental subduction zones. As the new ECS representative she aims to promote a stimulating environment by encouraging the ECS community to be actively involved in GMPV. She will put her efforts into balancing the G-M-P-V spheres and will serve as a reference point for early career scientists.

Giulia Consuma

Sina Khatami

Sina Khatami

Valeria Cigala

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.

Valeria Cigala

Tommaso Alberti

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.

Tommaso Alberti

Meriel J. Bittner

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!

Meriel J. Bittner

Joshua Dreyer

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!

Joshua Dreyer

Janneke de Laat

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.

Janneke de Laat

Alicia Fantasia

  • SSP Stratigraphy, Sedimentology and Palaeontology
  • Email ecs-ssp@egu.eu

Alicia is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Lyon in France. Her research interest lies in the understanding of extreme palaeoenvironmental and palaeoclimatic changes during the Mesozoic. In order to assess their triggering mechanisms and feedback loops she is using a multiproxy approach, which combines fieldwork sessions and laboratory analyses. As SSP ECS representative, she hopes to enable new and fruitful scientific exchange between early career scientists and the other members of the community. She believes it is important to support young scientists in their career and will encourage them to participate in EGU activities.

Alicia Fantasia

Layla Márquez San Emeterio

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.

Layla Márquez San Emeterio

Maxime Grandin

Maxime Grandin is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki, Finland, within the Centre of Excellence in Research of Sustainable Space. He is studying magnetosphere–ionosphere couplings, with a focus on the properties and effects of particle precipitation, using numerical simulations from the Vlasiator model. He is also an advocate of citizen science and has been investigating the newly discovered dune aurora. Besides science, he is passionate about languages, culture, and nature.

Maxime Grandin

David Fernández-Blanco

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.

David Fernández-Blanco