Women in Science: 10 case studies from women in CLES Cornwall, from Undergraduate to Professor
My name is Liselle Jackson, I am a mature student who came to the University of Exeter Cornwall campus in September 2012 to start my undergraduate degree in Animal Behaviour; I am about to enter my third year this September.
My name is Maddy Vierbuchen, I originally come from Texas and joined the University of Exeter in September 2013, which is when I started an MSc in Evolutionary & Behavioural Ecology. I chose this course as the department is unrivalled in that field in the UK; this really was the best place for me to come and study.
My name is Nicole Goodey, I am a 34-year old mature PhD student. I originally come from Colchester in Essex, and started working after I completed my GCSE’s. I was working as a dental nurse, when one day someone asked me what I would do if I won the lottery, and I replied that I would go to university.
My name is Katherine Roberts; I originally come from the Midlands near Birmingham. I joined the university about a year and a half ago, just after completing my PhD at the University of Leeds in Evolutionary Biology. This is my first postdoctoral position, I moved here whilst still finishing my thesis.
My name is Camille Bonneaud, I am an evolutionary ecologist and a lecturer in the Centre for Ecology and Conservation. I grew up in Strasbourg, France, where I did a BSc with a strong focus in Biochemistry. I then undertook a 2-year equivalent of an MSc in Cell Biology and Animal Physiology at the University Denis Diderot in Paris and spent the second year in exchange at McGill University in Canada.
My name is Britt Koskella, I am a NERC Senior Research Fellow in the CEC. I studied Psychology at the University of Virginia before switching to Biology, which is when I decided I wanted to be in science. I worked for a year as a research technician in the lab where I used to study, before moving to work at Indiana University.
My name is Karen Anderson, I originally studied for an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science at the University of Southampton. I then went on to work for an environmental consultancy for three years and decided that I wanted to get back into research. I was lucky to be offered a programme of PhD research on the topic of calibration and validation of Earth observation data, data which was an interdisciplinary topic that allowed me to explore areas of research including atmospheric scattering, the physics of light and radiative transfer and field spectroscopy.
My name is Nina Wedell, and I am currently a Professor of Evolutionary Biology in the Centre for Ecology and Conservation. I originally come from Sweden, and studied for my undergraduate degree at the University of Stockholm, before doing a Master’s and finally a PhD in Zoology in the same institution in 1993.
I originally come from Swindon, and am currently employed as a lab technician. I started working here about 6 years ago, and also live on campus. I originally started as a scientific cleaner; within a couple of years I moved up to be a lab assistant and very recently got promoted to be a lab technician, which has also meant I was given a pay rise which is amazing.