My interest in understanding the sciences and the natural environment encouraged me to complete Earth Sciences and Geography at the bachelor’s and master’s levels. In my first dissertation, the ’Geological, geochemical and environmental parameters of methane clathrates’, I touched upon methane-hydrates as new possible energy sources and their positive and negative feedback on climate caused by methane release from clathrates dissociation. The thesis was successful and has been cited in more projects such as:
- Unger, Z., LEClair, D. and Győrfi, I., 2019, Methane Hydrates as a Tertiary Methane Source in the Transylvanian basin, AAPG Europe Conference, Wien, AAPG Search and Discovery, DOI:10.1306/11307Unger2020
- Unger, Z., Deak, Gy., 2018, The importance of clathrates in the karst processes thoughts on the analogy of methane hydrates, Karsztfejlődés XXIII. Szombathely, DOI: 10.17701/18.269-277
Later, in 2022, I completed a master’s in Environment and Climate Change at the University of Liverpool. My master’s thesis, as a continuation of my previous dissertation, focused on a new hypothesis ’The possible role of sulphur dioxide and hydrogen sulphide clathrates in glaciokarstification in Yorkshire Dales during deglaciation periods’. The thesis provided new evidence and understanding about a new model of cave formation (karstification) with lab measurement support, such as the employing of Rigaku XRF or Niton XRF and the immersion of limestone into a variety of acids in an artificially set periglacial environment.
Taking into account my interest and experience in the field of climate change and the current scientific and environmental debates, it further motivated me to increase my knowledge and understanding of current climate change in several research areas.
Therefore, currently, it is my pleasure to make a positive contribution to the work of Edge Hill University. As a research assistant within the Geography & Geology Team, I undertake specific laboratory procedures to abstract pollen and charcoal from lacustrine sediment cores. Additionally, I have the opportunity to assist with pollen analysis, keeping records of samples processed, and reviewing previous XRF results, and related literature. The research focuses on hurricane activity over the last 5000 yrs and determines how notable periods of climatic change affect hurricane frequency and intensity. The aim is to develop an understanding of hurricane activity under current global warming trends.
In terms of my advancing career, I would focus on similar research topics touching upon geochemistry and climatology. I aim to reconstruct the past environment and subsequently predict future climate changes by using different physical methods and multi-proxy approaches.