What is your current Job Title or Role?
PhD student
What advice would you have for young women who are interested in a STEM career or job?
I would tell them that if that is what they want, they will have to work hard but nothing can stop them! Nothing! No gender barriers, no social inequality or lack of diversity will stop you, it might and probably will slow you down but don’t give up. Women have a role in STEM, we can and will be STEM
How did you get to where you are today?
I have worked and still working very hard. I come from a single mother household with very limited income. Spain still has a very strong gender inequality ‘tradition’. ‘Tradition’ … I do not like using that word as it implies that something is far too stablished to be able to change it. However, although religious, my mother’s family was fairly opened minded. This didn’t make my life easier but at least didn’t disrupt it and they have always been supportive. Socially… it’s a different matter.
What do you do on a daily basis in your work?
Not that long ago I decided to change my job at a governmental environmental agency for the University in order to carry on with my research aspirations. I am now a PhD candidate working on a shellfish farm in the south west of England. I am researching the impacts of this new offshore development. I spend days on fishing boats taking samples, then I analyse them at the laboratory and I also spend a large part of my time on my desk playing with the data collected, reading, writing and researching about my topic of study.
Who or what inspired you to get into STEM?
My love for the natural environment, conservation and research. I also had a friend with an incredibly challenging health condition that was a great inspiration and told me never to give up and that we can only rise when challenges face us. She sadly passed away but her voice is always in my mind and heart.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I love the feeling after a long day out on sea in a small fishing boat talking with the fisherman and working very hard. Being able to have my own data and the freedom to play with it. There is something about the anticipation and expectations that gathering your own research data provides.
What do you like to do outside work?
I love to spend my time surrounded by water! I love water sports but I can’t decide which is my favourite, white water kayaking or surfing. I am a very keen diver although I am lately struggling to fit this in on my schedule. I try to spend most of my free time exercising and surrounded by nature.