Peru, 10 May 2013

Peruvian Alumna Receives Prestigious Research Grant

The Schlumberger Foundation recently awarded alumna Jessica Sara Salcedo Borda from Peru with a research fund to undertake PhD research at UNESCO-IHE. The Fellowships are awarded to women from developing and emerging economies who are preparing for PhD or post-doctoral study in the physical sciences and related disciplines at top universities for their disciplines abroad. For the 2013-2014 Academic Year 67 new fellowships were awarded.

Ms.Salcedo Borda will examine how changes in river flow induced by dams affects nutrients and carbon processing in river systems. The research will look into the alterations of river flow regimes and the transport of nutrients to sensitive downstream ecosystems, which are susceptible to eutrophication.The alumna graduated from UNESCO-IHE in April 2012 with a Masters degree in Environmental Sciences & Technology.

She returned to Peru where she has been working at the San Marcos National University as a lecturer of Environmental Management and Environmental Impact Assessment, and as Environmental Evaluator of Energy Projects at the Ministry of Energy and Mines.


 “I am very grateful to the Schlumberger Foundation for this opportunity. The motivation to work on aquatic ecosystems has started since the development of my Master's thesis in Kenya, where I carried out my 3-month fieldwork in the tropical forest collecting samples and, consecutively, performing laboratory work at UNESCO-IHE. Through this opportunity I developed a natural curiosity for a deeper understanding of topics related to aquatic ecosystems.”

She continues: "The first time I undertook scientific research was during this programme at UNESCO-IHE, where I had the opportunity to work within the MaraFlows project. The project determines what flow regime must be maintained in a river system to reserve the wide array of ecological services that downstream people depend upon. The overall objective is to better understanding the relationships between the flow regime of the Mara River Basin and aquatic ecosystem processes that maintain water quality in the river channel and the productivity of papyrus and select fish species in the Mara Wetland."

For the PhD research Ms. Salcedo Borda will work in the Aquatic Ecosystems group under the supervision of Dr. Ken Irvine and Dr. Gretchen Gettel.

Role Models for the Next Generation

Launched by the Schlumberger Foundation in 2004, the Faculty for the Future community now stands at 257 women from 62 countries, and grows steadily each year. The long-term goal of the Program is to generate conditions that result in more women pursuing scientific disciplines. Grant recipients are therefore selected as much for their leadership capabilities as for their scientific talents, and they are expected to return to their home countries to continue their academic careers and inspire other young women.

Eligibility criteria and application process instructions can be found here:


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