Norma Fernanda Charqueño Celis
March – May 2022
PhD student at CENAC, PNNH, CONICET/ Comahue´s University, Argentina
The main goal of my fellowship at Eawag was about a project called: “Effect of the actual warming climate trend on a shallow lake of southern Patagonia during the last ~400 yrs, with a multiproxy reconstruction”, which is part of my PhD thesis. During my stay with the Sedi-team I received an amazing training in lab work to do geochemical analyses on sediments. In three months, I was able to collect grain-size, TN/TC/TOC/TIC, biogenic Silica, C/N isotopes, biomarkers and radiocarbon data. All these results will help me to improve the reconstruction of my sediment cores and compare them to biological proxies.
But the most important part was, that I could gain experience with the analyses and discuss the results with the students of the Sedi-team. Also, this experience gave me the chance of having discussions about common problems in a PhD, e.g., issues regarding data processing in R or difficulties in writing a research article or thesis. Now I am looking forward to combining all these skills and realize a manuscript in the next months.
Additionally, I had the full support of my supervisor Nathalie Dubois, to develop a virtual conference for early career researchers called “Pre-IALIPA”, which was celebrated on April, 26-29, 2022 with almost 50 participants from all over the world. She not only gave me all the technical support to make this conference possible, but she also guided and supported me during this hard process.
Finally, even when the main goal of my fellowship was scientific, the best thing that happened to me here, was the opportunity to meet, work, and enjoy time with amazing persons who have helped me every day even with the tiniest things. All the members of the Sedi team have made me feel at home ever since day one, and they have made sure that my stay was wonderful each second, and so it was; from the lab work to the amazing trips, dinners, talks and laughs, that we shared each day of my stay. These three months were incredible because they let me grow as a scientist, but also as a person who has learnt the importance to never stop and continue learning about all the different things that this world gives to us.