Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
I have always had a passion for science and I got interested in volcanology on a field trip to the Canary Islands during my undergraduate studies. A graduate degree allows me to pursue a career in science and follow my curiosity about the processed that shape our planet. It gives me the flexibility to live in different places, travel, explore new cultures, meet people from all over the globe and spread my excitement about volcanoes.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
UBC is great for Earth Sciences. My group here has a broad range of research interests and thinking outside of the box is encouraged. My supervisor's focus is fluid mechanics, a field that I previously knew nothing about. I loved the challenge that comes with this new research field, and the fact that I can combine it with seismology and geodesy, the research areas I am familiar with.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
The best surprise were all the opportunities to get involved at UBC and in Vancouver. I really enjoy science outreach, and love the fact that I can promote Earth Sciences for example in the Pacific Museum of the Earth or through Let's Talk Science.
What do you hope to accomplish with your research?
I want to contribute to understanding the earthquake activity before and during volcanic eruptions. We can help to improve eruption forecasting if the mechanics underlying volcanic tremor are better understood.
What has winning a major award meant to you?
Winning this award was an incredible honor. The breadth of criteria for this award means that my research as well as my community involvement are being valued. It is great to feel that what I do actually matters. In addition, the award provides the luxury of letting me focus my energy on my PhD work and outreach activities, and encourages me to continuously give back to society.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
Make sure to spend some time exploring. The first few weeks and months can be overwhelming, but try to set aside a few hours per week to join one of the UBC clubs, get involved in your grad student council or the GSS, ski or hike the North Shore mountains, meet with friends and discover Downtown Vancouver. You're guaranteed to have a great time.