Dr Sophie Comer-Warner

PERCAT Rep for the School of GEES.

What is your academic background and your current research field?

I am a research fellow in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences currently based in McGill University, Montreal, for the outgoing phase of my Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellowship. My research investigates how future global change, including climate and land-use change, will alter nutrient cycling and greenhouse gas emissions along the aquatic continuum and subsequent effects on water quality and carbon sequestration. My current research is focussed on salt marshes and involves a combination of in-situ, mesocosm and laboratory-based studies.

What is your role as a PERCAT Rep and how can postdocs in your school contact you?

I became a PERCAT rep for GEES in July 2020 and the role involves communicating between GEES postdocs and early career researchers and the PERCAT committee. This includes attending PERCAT committee meetings where any concerns or ideas, particularly on PERCAT trainings, can be raised on behalf of GEES postdocs and early career researchers. If you have any questions, concerns or ideas feel free to contact me at s.comer-warner@bham.ac.uk.

What do you feel are the benefits of the PERCAT programme for postdocs and what do you feel have been the benefits to you from being a postdoc rep?

The main role of the PERCAT programme is to provide resources and support for career development and training for postdocs and early career researchers. The PERCAT programme is really beneficial for networking, meeting other postdocs and career development. I have found the trainings on funding opportunities and applications, as well as, developing an academic career particularly useful. Although there are also trainings and events tailored to postdocs looking to pursue careers outside of academia.