Miss Jessica Duffill Telsnig (@JTelsnig) is a PhD student at Newcastle University. Her research, funded by NERC Industrial CASE studentship with CEFAS, is about assessing ecosystem resilience using stable-isotope data. Here, Jessica tells us about her passion for the oceans; how inspiring lecturers can make a difference; and how important it is to help inspire the next generation to consider a career in science. Catch Jessica on her soapbox this saturday, 1-4pm, in Newcastle city centre, where she’ll be talking about ‘Fish detectives save our seas, helping solve scientific mysteries of where all the fish went’.
SS: Jessica, how did you get to your current position?
JDT: I have always been interested in the oceans and completed my undergraduate degree in Geography at Durham University, taking ocean-related courses where possible. I then decided that I wanted to take a more direct route to the marine world and so gained my MSc in International Marine Environmental Consultancy at Newcastle University. I still felt that I hadn’t satisfied my natural curiosity of everything marine related and so applied for a PhD and am currently completing my first year.
SS: What, or who, inspired you to get a career in science?
JDT: I have been fortunate enough to be taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate level by very inspiring lecturers; their passion for the subject made me eager to learn more and ultimately continue in a science career
SS: What is the most fascinating aspect of your research?
JDT: I think consistently finding something new is fascinating, and also that hopefully at the end, your research will have an impact which will help make the world a better place to live in.
SS: What attracted you to Soapbox Science in the first place?
JDT: Soapbox Science is a great organisation for passing on knowledge and interest of science to the general public in an informal way. I’d be very happy knowing if I inspired at least one person during my talk!
SS: Sum up in one word your expectations for the day – excitement? fear? thrill? anticipation?
SS: If you could change one thing about the scientific culture right now, what would it be?
JDT: Getting girls interested in science at a young age, and keeping them interested! By showing them how interesting and varied science can be and by encouraging them that they can do anything they want then hopefully more girls will want to choose a science career later.