Stelina Beka

Cranfield University

Project

Developing high-resolution above- and below-ground 3-D carbon maps for farm and landscape management

Supervisors

Paul Burgess & Ron Cosrtanje

PhD Summary

The aim of my PhD is to develop and evaluate procedures for developing high resolution 3D map/models of below- and above ground carbon that uses innovations in digital technology and recent research results, which can be applied at farm- and landscape scale

What inspires you?

I was always curious about the world around me. Even though I was born and raised in Greece, I lived in various places as a child (US and UK) showing me different lifestyles and societies. This made me see how people interacted differently with their environments which made me wonder why the world is shaped the way it is today. As I grew up, I became more and more interested about the consequences of the human intervention on the earth’s land, ecosystems and climate

Previous Activity

I hold an MSc in Geographical Information Management (2017) from Cranfield University (UK) and a B.Eng. in Rural and Surveying Engineering (2015) from the National Technical University of Athens (Greece). I covered a variety of roles during my professional career that gave me vast opportunities to explore different working environments. I worked as a GIS Analyst in the Sheffield Council (UK) at 2018 - 2019 and as a GIS Technician for Cadent Gas at 2017 - 2018 in Sheffield (UK). I have also worked as a Project Engineer for MAP Ltd in 2016 (Greece).

Why did you choose Docotoral Research?

I chose to undertake a PhD because during my professional career I didn’t feel intellectually challenged. This made me often look back to my studies and research projects which I thoroughly enjoyed. A PhD matches my quest for lifelong learning and knowledge expansion.

Why did you choose a CENTA Studentship?

I applied for the CENTA studentship for various reasons. Firstly because of the specialised training that is offered and the availability of the support and tools that the programme provides. Also because of the communication and networking with other PhD students and the familiarity with the research institute (Cranfield University) that I am based at. Additionally, due to the advice opportunities from highly experienced researchers, within the consortium’s network

What are your future plans

The offered CENTA PhD project will provide me with valuable knowledge and additional skills. The project’s successful accomplishment will bring more confidence for the research outcome. My undergraduate and postgraduate studies so far have opened the “Science Hotel’s” entrance and admitted me to its lobby. The CENTA offered PhD and Studentship are the “stairs” leading to the high floors of further research or higher-level jobs.