What is your qualifying background?
I have a degree in Environmental Geoscience from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD in Marine Biogeochemistry from the University of Southampton, both in the United Kingdom.
How would you describe your working daily routine?
I typically do a lot of data analysis. Our instruments produce a huge amount of data, which are susceptible to errors so I first need to check they are correct. Then I do the scientific interpretation. It is always amazing to realise how rapidly the biogeochemical variables are changing. Our long-term observations allow us to see this in action. Sometimes, I get to go on the ships to service the instruments with our engineering team. This is always a nice break from office work.
What has been your biggest success so far?
I am quite proud of my academically-focused career path and the successes I’ve had so far. I have represented Romania at International Olympiads. I finished top of my class in University. I got this post-doc position immediately after obtaining my doctorate. Hopefully I’ll keep up the ascending path.
Do you have a big goal?
I think the exciting part of observational oceanography is that in many cases, you are the one and only person to do those measurements. There is always the potential that something you find will change our understanding of some major concepts. It would be incredible if one of my findings becomes a key to solving something that is baffling scientists today.
Do you have any personal distinctive mark?
I never bought a bike after moving to Germany since my landlord told me he can give me his old one. So you might see me cruising in to the HZG campus on a bike that is at least 30 years old and comes with an additional child seat on the frame too.