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Below are the profiles of the presenters at the Women in Environmental Science workshop.

Dr. Cecilia Medupin is a Lecturer in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Manchester, UK and the Coordinator of the Student Ambassador Programme. Cecilia is the convener of the Women in Environmental Sciences. She completed a BSc degree in Biochemistry at Bayero University, Nigeria and then worked for a Nigerian soft drinks company as a Process Control Officer. Following her Masters degree in Pollution and Environmental Control at the University of Manchester, Cecilia worked as an Environmental Auditor for a UK rubber recycling company, Environment Officer with the UK Environment Agency and Environmental Compliance Adviser with Sellafield Limited (Formerly BNFL), Cumbria. Upon returning to Nigeria she worked at the National Open University as a Lecturer/Course Coordinator. Cecilia is interested in in understanding and managing water quality and ecology of urban watercourses. Through the use of benthic macroinvertebrates, she investigates how these organisms respond to changes in the aquatic environment. Cecilia is also passionate about citizen science as a way of engaging with school students, women and minority communities.

Dr. Cathy Hollis is a Reader in Petrophysics & Petroleum Geology at University of Manchester, since 2007. Prior to joining University of Manchester, Cathy worked for 15 years in industry, as a consultant carbonate sedimentologist for Badley Ashton and Associates (1995-2001) and as a reservoir geologist for Shell (2001-2007), including a period as Team Leader for the Carbonate Research Team (2005-2007). Cathy co-ordinates carbonate research within the Basin Studies Group in the School of Earth and Environmental Science where she supervises a team of PhD students on projects funded by NERC as well as national and international energy companies. She currently leads an industrial research consortium between Universities of Bergen, Bristol and Liverpool, and she also actively collaborates with research groups in France, Germany and Qatar. Her work focuses on the origin of porosity in carbonate sedimentary rocks, for which she works on integrated projects that involve multiple data types and scales. In particular, Cathy conducts fieldwork in locations across Europe, North America and North Africa, as well as laboratory-based projects that integrate petrographical analysis, geochemical analysis and X-ray CT imaging. Cathy is President of the Manchester Geological Association and regularly leads fieldtrips to outcrops in the Peak District and North Wales. Cathy will speak on: Hydrocarbon exploration & production: Challenges & prospects for women as we move into a mixed-energy economy

Dr. Olutayo Adebowale Director, Cirkadia, UK. Dr. Adebowale will present her talk on Passion, Challenge & Rewards: The pros and cons of working as a Female Environmental Scientist, Leader and Follower, on local, national and global issues.

Professor Alice Larkin is a Professor of Climate Science & Energy Policy, University of Manchester. Alice is Head of the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering and a researcher in the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Manchester. Alice trained as an astrophysicist in Leeds, did her PhD in climate modelling at Imperial Collegethen worked in science communication. She returned to academia joining the Tyndall Centre in 2003 to research conflicts between climate change and aviation policy. Her work on carbon budgets helped shape the UK’s Climate Change Act and inclusion of aviation within policy frameworks. She became a Professor in 2015, was awarded a University ‘Researcher of the Year’ award in 2016 and leads EPSRC projects on the Water-Energy-Food nexus and decarbonising shipping. Professor Larkin will present her talk on Conducting policy-relevant, interdisciplinary research on climate change: a personal reflection on delivering impact.

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