I studied in Poland as that's where I'm originally from, did my primary, highschool and first MSc there (MSc in mining and geology, with specialisation in prospecting geophysics). Then another MSc at Imperial College (soil mechanics and engineering seismology) and now finishing PhD in engineering geology
Diploma of high school (in Poland), MSc Eng - distinction in mining and geology (University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland), MSc in soil mechanics at Imperial College
I've worked as a petrophysicist from 2009 - 2016 for a company called BG Group. I then went back to college to do second MSc and stayed for a PhD.
PhD student - finishing now
I am doing my PhD at Imperial College in London.
I'm an engineering geologist, currently doing a PhD in remote sensing
I live in Oxfordshire with my fiance and two cardican corgis. I love walking and tend to read more than necessary – mainly fantasy books, but also some sci-fi and dystopian novels. When gyms are open, you can find me there a lot picking heavy things off the ground and putting them back down. I’m currently in my finishing stage of PhD (writing it!).
I use satellite data to monitor changes and erosion of the coasts..
I use satellite data (InSAR) to look at the coastal areas, trying to see whether it is possible to notice changes (erosion) with time (it is!). This helps coastal engineers and city councils to make sure they pay attention to the areas that might need more maintenance so they don’t collapse or erode too quickly, and so people can safely walk on the coastal paths and be safe in their houses if they’re very close to the shore. I love looking at the long term data (usually about 3.5 – 4 years time – the satellites I use have been in orbit since 2015 only) and how it changes with time in different parts of the coast. Trying to find some fun case studies where the ground movement is very obvious (like rotational landslides) and reasonably fast is always a good entertainment.
My Typical Day: I currently work from home, as most people! I spend most of my day either writing my thesis or researching liteature for it these days.
I wake up at 5.45am, have a coffee and my fiance and I take our dogs for a half hour long walk. I then do my workout around 7am, followed with a hearthy breakfast (baked oats are current favourite!) and after few coffees and a bit of news I sit down to my writing. Since I am now trying to finish my PhD, my dai is mainly spent on writing the chapters, doing some literature reading to follow what I write and creating a lot of figures so the explanations in my text are easier to understand.
What I'd do with the money
I'd go do more field work when the weather permits!
Even though majority of my work can be done remotely from my desk, it’s still super useful to go out in the field and see the area of research with my own eyes. I can then assess whether what I see from the satellite data is real or not.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
passionate, nature-loving geologist, excitable
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
I've visited very interesting places and then managed to see the features I saw with my own eyes on data from the satellites
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
I've always wanted to do science and discover new things myself
What was your favourite subject at school?
Maths and languages
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
No, I was always a good student with my nose in books
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Nirvana, Professor Elemental, Guano Apes
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
I skydived in New Zealand
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Have a huge house with acres around so my dogs have all the space for running, have my own library, travel more
Tell us a joke.
- Why wasn't a geologist hungry? - They lost their apatite..