This week, Eleanor Jones started her position as SIOS Observing Network Infrastructure Officer. She has a background in environmental geoscience and a PhD on the biogeochemistry of permafrost in Svalbard. Her duties will include the support of the Research Infrastructure Coordination Committee, the development of the optimisation call programme, facilitating innovation and cooperation between private and public sector. She will also be the contact point for researchers from SIOS member institutions planning fieldwork in Svalbard.
She introduces herself:
Greetings from rainy Longyearbyen!
I am delighted to join the SIOS-KC team. I first visited Svalbard in 2014 as a student on a course at the University Centre in Svalbard. I became hooked, returning for several field seasons as a PhD student. Finally, in January 2020, I took the plunge and moved to Longyearbyen for a postdoc. in the CLIMAGAS project, working on methane emissions from pingos. In my new role at SIOS-KC, I’m looking forward to supporting researchers to conduct effective fieldwork and helping to improve environmental observations in Svalbard.