University of Limerick
BSc Environmental Science, PhD Environmental Health Science, PGCert Teaching and Learning
Lecturer in Environmental Science
My name is Jean, I'm 32 and from Limerick. I did my BSc and PhD in the University of Limerick. Nowadays, you'll find me in University College Cork, where I work as a lecturer and researcher in Environmental Science.
My Typical Day
I get up early and have one of many cups of coffee! I drive to work in UCC and make sure I have all my material for teaching. I often cycle across to our main campus, where I teach undergraduate students. I also have research students who I help learn scientific skills, both in the lab and through computer programmes. I write A LOT! Writing is a big part of science- we need to share our thoughts and ideas with everyone else, and to do this, we have to write (type!) them down. I'm busy a lot of the time, but can always find an hour or so to grab (another) coffee with my work friends where we talk about, you guessed it, science!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Enthusiastic, Disorganised, Good-humoured
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
I was, I'm afraid- I was a bit of a messer. Still am, by all accounts.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Hard to pick a favourite, but I love Bon Iver and a lot of 90s bands like Oasis, Alice in Chains, Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins etc.
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
I love NASA and when I was little, I got to go to Kennedy Space Centre in Florida- I still remember the feeling of excitement!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1.See the Earth from Space, 2. Have more time for myself, 3. Wouldn't say no to a million quid (that I'd put towards science, of course!)
Tell us a joke.
I had a dream where I weighed less than a thousandth of a gram. I was like 0mg