The Sorbonne University
a Master, a PhD
in Kenya in a company, in Paris at the Sorbonne, in Normandy at the univeristy
Researcher in Trinity College
Trinity College Dublin and iCRAG
Favourite thing to do in science: Be in the field, go into caves
About Me: I am Lea, I love to dance and to draw. I am also a scientist fascinated with water.
I am French, I came to live in Ireland four years ago. I live in Dublin with my boyfriend. I do modern jazz dance and life drawing. I love to hike, my favourite place in Ireland is Donegal. I work at Trinity College. My pronouns are she/her.
My Work: I am a hydrogeologist : I study how water moves underground, starting from the rain and all the different paths a drop of water can take until it reaches a spring! That way I can also make sure our drinkable water is not polluted
Water can be stored and can move in very different ways underground.
One way is a bit like water in a sponge : the rock is like sand, and water is contained in the little spaces between the grains. When the rock contains water, it is called an aquifer (aqua is water in greek).
The other is completely different : the rock (limestone) is dissolved across thousands of years by the water, and it create big caves (like the one our prehistorical ancestors used to live in). The water moves in this big caves very fast, like undergound rivers. There are called karst. And I study them quite a lot : I go on field and do caving or speleology, going deep underground. And I create models of them with my computer.
My Typical Day: On a field day, I leave very earlier to drive all across Ireland to go on the West coast. I take measurements in rivers and spring, I walk around to survey the land (taking GPS coordinates for example). I take pictures and water samples. Sometimes I go in caves, but not alone because it is a bit dangerous. But most days I stay in the office, and I create in 3 dimensions models of what I saw on field, but in my computer.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
optimistic, curious, lively
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Christine and the Queens
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
I've swum with wild dolphins
What did you want to be after you left school?
I didn't know!
Were you ever in trouble at school?
No I was shy
What was your favourite subject at school?
All of them
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Meet people from all over the worls
What or who inspired you to become a scientist?
A teacher at university
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Stay happy, keep on dancing, and stay a researcher
Tell us a joke.
How do you call a deer with no eyes? No i-dea!