In December 2009, I got my first degree in geochemistry at the Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV). Recently, I have completed an MSc in Applied Marine Science at the University of Plymouth (United Kingdom). I enjoy learning and acquiring new skills and knowledge in the use of remote sensing and earth observation products. Thus, I have been developing computing skills in satellite data analysis and processing methods for monitoring of open-ocean observations and water quality in coastal and transitional water bodies throughout projects such as (1) Spatial and Seasonal Variability of Sea Surface Temperature in the Southern Caribbean Sea and the Venezuela Upwelling System using data from the Optimum Interpolation SST (OISST) - Advance High-Resolution Radiometry (AHVRR) and (2) Spatial distribution of suspended particulate matter (SPM) in the Tamar Estuary and Plymouth Sound based on remotely sensed multispectral Imagery (Landsat 8) and in situ data.
Additionally, I worked as part of a multidisciplinary team of scientists at the laboratory of Marine Communities and Ecotoxicology at the Universidad Simón Bolívar (Venezuela). There, I was partly responsible for the project management of environmental baselines and impact assessments for oil, gas, and petrochemical projects.
I am highly motivated in consolidating a research career as a marine biogeochemist and remote sensing scientist. I am interested in understanding ocean biogeochemical processes and their links to climate change, exploiting in situ and remotely sensed measurements of optical properties of the water in conjunction with biological and physical observation and laboratory studies.
Hence, being a participant in this programme will further contribute to my formation as a scientist. This is an exceptional opportunity to gain valuable insight into the planning and preparation of an open-ocean research expedition across the Atlantic Ocean, and receive essential training in a range of instruments used to collect bio-optical measurements. Also, It is a great chance to promoting capacity building and encouraging international partnership in oceanographic projects in Venezuela.
During my stay at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), I will be working in the project entitled “Determining the relationship between the particulate beam attenuation and backscattering coefficients (inherent optical properties (IOPs)) and the particulate organic carbon (POC) across the deeper layers of the Atlantic Ocean”. The aim is to assess established relationships between those parameters and gain some insight into the latitudinal and vertical variability of this relationship across the deeper layers of the range of oceanographic provinces of the Atlantic Ocean, especially how the relationships below the surface differ from those at the surface.