What is your current Job Title or Role?
Ocean Wave Scientist
What advice would you have for young women who are interested in a STEM career or job?
Maintain a good level of intensity and motivation. Self-satisfaction from fulfilling valued outcomes is sometimes difficult from a research perspective.
How did you get to where you are today?
I have always been an enthusiast of the ocean and the coast. That is the reason why I always knew I wanted to study Marine Science and focus my career as a physical oceanographer. My role addresses topics related to coastal dynamics and natural processes, combining numerical modelling and observations. After studying a masters on coastal engineering and spending some time working as a technician in Spain, I decided to go a step further and do a PhD. I recently completed my PhD in Coastal processes and got a job at the Met Office as a wave modeller. This new role allows me to continue doing research in one of the UK's primary centre for weather and oceanographic sciences.
What do you do on a daily basis in your work?
I can say I have two types of day: days I spend doing fieldwork and standard days of office work. A typical day at the office can involve to process observational datasets, perform statistical analysis and/or modelling. On the contrary, a day of fieldwork is a bit more unusual and it can comprise from topographic and bathymetric surveys at the beach, to deployment or recovery of oceanographic instrumentation. These fieldwork days also require some time extra for set-up and preparation, in-situ measurements, data retrieve and a final data process during office hours.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
The best thing about my job is the possibility to combine two things I love: nature and science. My job required spending days on the field collecting the observations as well as office days writing small pieces of code able to process and analyse the data. This allowed me to enjoy the process from beginning to end, as my role involved the data acquisition, post-process, analysis and the final step of writing reports and scientific papers. Currently I am more focus on the modelling part and although I don't go to the beach as often as I would like to, the modelling allows me to expand my research to a global scale from my desktop!
What do you like to do outside work?
I de-stress playing sports and going to the gym. To do some exercise helps me to keep the pace and stop overthinking about my job all the time. Hanging out with friends and keeping my mind busy with my hobbies also help me to switch off completely and recharge energy for the subsequent week.