Jacqueline is a planetary scientist who used her PhD at Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London, to hunt for signs of the building blocks of life in dust on Mars. She established limits on these hydrocarbons that could be exposed by dynamic processes on the Martian surface. Now, Jacqueline is planning to move from looking at the surface of Mars to the oceans of Earth.
As a Schmidt Science Fellow, working with Professor Rosalind Rickaby at the University of Oxford, she aims to combine long-term satellite observations with ocean samples and marine wildlife observations to produce local and global maps of ocean water chemistry. By bringing together new studies with historic data sets, Jacqueline will help us to understand the impact of ocean acidification on biodiversity and inform new strategies to prevent the loss of marine species.
Jacqueline’s interest in astronomy and planetary science was sparked from a young age. She discovered her passion for remote sensing during her first degree in Earth and Ocean Science at the University of Brighton and hopes to not only use her Schmidt Science Fellowship to combat the effects of climate change, but to inspire others to become involved in science, regardless of their background.