Dr Kamila Kwasniewska

Project manager and Postdoctoral Researcher on the ERC-funded TERRAFORM project.

Kamila is a project manager on the ERC-funded TERRAFORM project, coordinating and overseeing the organization of the smallest details and making sure the students and staff can smoothly proceed with their research. With a Postdoctoral Researcher role on the project, she is currently driving a small-scale day-length study within the controlled plant growth chambers.

With a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Master’s Science in Botany from the University of Wroclaw, Poland, she moved to Ireland, where she undertook a research assistant position in the Plant Developmental Genetics Laboratory at Trinity College Dublin in 2011. At the same time, she was an external student of Molecular Biology at the Jagiellonian University in Poland. In 2012, she commenced a PhD in the TCD’s Smurfit Institute with Prof. Wellmer. She investigated the novel functions of a transcription factor responsible for terminating the floral meristem activity in Arabidopsis thaliana.

After graduating with PhD in Plant Developmental Genetics from TCD in 2017, she took up her first Post-doctoral position in the ERC Proof of Concept with Prof. McElwain. During this research project, she worked on developing and commercializing the first plant-based sensor kit for the standardization and calibration of controlled environment chambers. She designed and conducted the Tephra Bag Citizen Science Experiment following the research commercialization project within ICRAG. This project focused on developing a ‘volcanic ash teabag kit’ for a pilot experiment that school students carried out. The project aimed to collect data on the chemical weathering of volcanic ash as a new negative carbon emission technology, engage with the members of the public, and educate citizens on the possible reduction of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Kamila is interested in the aspects of nature connectedness and its correlation with psychological and social well-being. She is an enthusiast of nature connection activities – mountain hikes and climbing, nature photography, forest bathing (shinrin-yoku) and the creation of ikebana floral arrangements. She founded her nature-based enterprise focusing on bringing people closer to nature.

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