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From studying glow-worms to investigating microbial life

Please join us in welcoming Ella Mingay to the Rawwater team. A third-year Biology student at the University of Manchester, Ella will be spending her year in industry with us, working as a Junior Project Technician Intern.

A lover of nature and passionate about conservation, Ella regularly completes transects of glow-worms and butterfly populations. “I always thought I would study for my Biology degree closer to my home county of Essex,” she says. “A visit to the University of Manchester, however, and the broad range of modules on offer, convinced me that Manchester was the right choice for my studies.

“When I was looking to secure a placement, most options seemed to be from the large corporates. Rawwater, however, offered something different: the opportunity to work hands on as part of a small, highly specialised research team. I jumped at the chance – and everyone is so friendly, helpful and welcoming.”

During her time at Rawwater, Ella will assist some of our senior microbiologists in their ongoing work surrounding the causes of microbiological oilfield souring. As part of her degree, she will complete a study using Rawwater’s pressurised bioreactors, to better understand hydrogen sulfide production and nitrate reduction at downhole temperatures ranging from 30°C  to 60°C at 1000psig.

“We are delighted to have Ella on the team,” says Rawwater Senior Project Officer, Matt Streets. “Rawwater has a long-standing relationship with the University of Manchester and is presently conducting a major study in association with members of the University’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.”