M. Sc. Elena Macdonald

Elena Macdonald
PhD Student
M. Sc. Elena Macdonald
Building C 4, Room 2.07
Telegrafenberg
14473 Potsdam

Function and Responsibilities:

PhD student in the SPATE project

Research Interests:

  • Heavy tail behaviour of extreme value distributions of flood discharge time series
  • Event and catchment characteristics as controls of heavy tail behaviour of extreme value distributions
  • Data mining approaches und virtual experiments using simulation models

Career:

Since 09/2020    PhD student at GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Section 4.4 „Hydrology“
10/2019 – 02/2020    Student assistant, research group “Air Quality Modelling for Policy Advice”, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS), Potsdam.
02/2018 – 09/2019    Student assistant, Institute for Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Potsdam.
01/2018 – 03/2020    Student assistant, area “Knowledge transfer into schools” in the School Lab, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences.
06/2016 – 07/2016    Internship, Unit “Inherited pollution, soil conservation, groundwater quality”, State Office for the Environment Brandenburg (LfU).
09/2013 – 10/2013    Internship, Section “Climate Dynamics and Landscape Evolution”, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences.

Education:

2017 – 2020    Master study in Geoecology, University of Potsdam, Thesis: „European Urban Air Quality: A Comparison of Long-term Trends in Observations and Emission Inventories of NOx”, Degree: M.Sc. Geoecology
2013 – 2017    Bachelor study in Geoecology, University of Potsdam, Thesis: „Stable Isotopes in Precipitation: Modelling Intra-Event Variations using Meteorological Parameters”, Degree: B.Sc. Geoecology
09/2015 – 05/2016    Semesters abroad via an Erasmus+ scholarship, University College Cork, Ireland

Projects:

SPATE Space-Time Dynamics of Extreme Floods, Subproject SP3: From small to extreme floods

Awards:

Jacob-Jacobi-Award for the best final degree in the year 2020/2021 at the Faculty of Science at the University of Potsdam

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