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     Date Submitted:02-03-2021
     Last Modified:05-06-2021 (03:15)
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     Current job:Geophysicist (Graduate)
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations
     Keywordsgeophysics, geology, remote sensing, inversion, modeling


    Queen’s University                                                                      Kingston, Ontario, Canada

    2017                B.Sc. (Honours), Geological Sciences              GPA (BScH, cumulative): 3.81

                                                                                                      GPA (BScH, last 4 semesters):  4.06

    2018 –2021    M.Sc. Geological Sciences (Geophysics)          GPA (MSc, cumulative):  4.15       


    Individual Study (calculation of seismic travel times) (A), Methods of Geol. Data Analysis (A+), Research and Thesis (A), Applied Advanced Geophysics (A), Applied Geophysics (A), Geophysical Characterization of the Earth (A), Terrain Evaluation (A), Geology of North America (A+), Carbonate Sedimentology (A), Instrumental Techniques Applied to the Study of Solids (A-), Geochemical Characterization of Earth Processes (A+), Ordinary Differential Equations (A+), Analysis of Rock Structures (A-), Earth Systems Engineering  II: Resources and Environment (A), Satellite Geophysics (A+).

    Field work: Geological Field School, Sutton, QC (3rd year), Field Studies in Geology II, QC (4th year), Geophysics Field School, Renfrew, ON (4th year).


    2018 – 2021:  Master’s Research Thesis, Geophysics and Geodesy Research Lab

                                  Queen’s University, Geological Sciences and Engineering, Kingston

                                  Supervisor: Dr. Alexander Braun

    Forward and Inverse Modeling of Fluid Migration Reservoirs using Muon Tomography, with Joint Inversion of Muon and Gravity Data

    - Forward modeling of the opacity and muon count from density, with an interest in the resolvability of density depletion of reservoirs with respect to time.

    - 3D Inversions of the reservoirs, and modeling of the depletion in terms of magnitude and geometry.

    - Joint Inversion of muon and gravity data, showing the advantages of joining both datasets in the resolvability of the depleted reservoirs.


    2019                   Resolvability of Tree Height using Satellite data:  ICESat Altimetry in the Amazon Basin

    - Using ICESat data to assess the resolvability of tree heights in the Amazon using altimetry data over two time steps.

    - SRTM DEM data used in conjunction with elevations to determine areas of deforestation.


    2018                     Seismic Wave Travel Time calculation for varied Source Distances

    - Developed program to calculate various seismic wave travel times from any source location using C++.

    - Allows user to enter source and detection location, to quickly determine travel times from distance look-up tables; these results can be used to sync with seismograms from the department’s super-conducting gravimeter to confirm the source of detected seismic events globally.


    2018                     Spatial Distribution of Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Ontario using Landsat 8 OLI Remote Sensing Data

    - Investigating the resolvability of Landsat 8 satellite data in detecting Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Ontario.

    - Using blue spectral bands to characterize blooms spatially and make observations on the quantitative estimation of chlorophyll concentration within blooms.


    2016-2017           Undergraduate Honours Thesis, Geophysics and Geodesy Research Lab

                                  Queen’s University, Geological Sciences and Engineering, Kingston

                                  Supervisor: Dr. Alexander Braun

    On The Resolvability of Airborne Gravity and Magnetic Data for Geophysical Exploration in Turner           Valley, AB

    - Used airborne gravity and magnetic line data over 2,500km2 area.

    - Created 2D maps, processed and modelled in Geosoft Oasis Montaj.

    - Modelled grid profiles across strike of main structures (Oasis Montaj).

    - Created gravity and magnetic inversion models (grav2dc and mag2dc) using total anomalies with trends removed along a profile.

    - Developed understanding of various processing and filtering techniques to present an ideal model

    - Assessed resolvability of datasets individually and as a combination.

    - Presented advantages of pseudo-magnetic and pseudo-gravity techniques.

    - Used combined datasets to reveal material properties and depth information of the geologic units.


    2017                     Brownfield Characterization Using Geophysical Methods: Former Davis Tannery, Kingston ON  

    - Conducted study on brownfield site contaminated with heavy metals.

    - Conducted lateral profiling at site collecting DC resistivity and induced polarization data using SARIS system along profile lines.

    - Graphed resistivity, normalized chargeability and self-potential vs distance along profile.

    - Compared results with previously published geochemical data to assess the resolvability of electrical geophysical methods on site.


    2017                     Presqu’ile and Sandbanks: Remote Sensing and Geological Investigation

    - Conducted terrain evaluation and remote sensing study on the glacial sand units of Presqu’ile and Sandbanks area, with freedom of choice with respect to topic problem.

    - Used data from multiple sources (Ontario Geological Survey, Geogratis, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Google Earth, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), analyzed and presented data in ArcGIS.

    - Using lake current data, concluded that modern currents did not form the dunes and are likely eroding the beaches.

    - Conducted calculations of aggregate volume to replenish the dunes and presented options of where to source it.


    2016                     Great Green River Basin of Wyoming, Utah and Colorado U.S.A:  a case study

    - Conducted extensive research into the Great Green River Basin, one of several topics chosen due to geological significance and controversy.

    - Term paper included extensive geological history of rock units and the orogenic events which caused their modern structure.

    - Reporting of controversy between researchers including personal conclusions on debated issues.

    - Economic potential of the area which includes oil shales and trona.


    2016                     Geophysical Survey of Calabogie Field Site

    - Geophysical surveys were conducted at the Calabogie field site with the intent of locating geophysical anomalies, determining information about their nature and orientation, and to recommend economic potential of the site.

    - Surveys included magnetometry, electromagnetic methods, and resistivity/induced polarization.

    - Processed data yielded magnetic and conductive anomalies, especially around suspected fault zone.

    - Analysis also revealed fault trends and the existence of disseminated chargeable minerals associated with faults.

    - Concluded that economic potential of the site is low and not currently feasible.


    2016                     Instrumental Techniques: Beluga Sapphire, Baffin Island

    - Conducted research into retrograde-metamorphosed gem-corundum from Baffin Island.

    - Techniques performed on samples included petrographic report, X-Ray Diffraction, Visible Infrared Spectroscopy (VisNIR), Scanning Electron Microscopy, X-Ray Fluorescence, and Mineral Liberation Analysis, using appropriate software to present results.

    - Determined rock chemistry, mineralogy, and economic potential with recommendations for future work.



    Pieczonka, S., Schouten, D., & Braun, A. (2021). Joint inversion of Muon Tomography and Gravity Gradiometry for Improved Monitoring of Steam-Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) Reservoirs. Geophysics. (under review).

    Pieczonka, S., Schouten, D., Dabboor, O., Osler, D., & Braun, A. (2020). On the detectability of density change in steam-assisted gravity drainage reservoirs using muon tomography. The Leading Edge, 39(7), 497–504.

    Pieczonka, S., Schouten, D., & Braun, A. (2020). Muon Tomography for Characterization and Monitoring of Unconventional Reservoirs. Well Spacing and Monitoring II. Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC), Austin. Texas.

    Pieczonka, S., Schouten, D., & Braun, A. (2020). Innovation in Enhanced Oil Recovery: Monitoring of Unconventional Reservoirs using Muon Tomography. Oil Sands and Integrated Oil Sands Case Studies. Geoconvention 2020, Calgary, AB.


    Software & Coding 

    -              Confident in ArcGIS, Oasis Montaj, grav2dc, mag2dc, ParaView, GeoScience Analyst, GMT, Microsoft Office, Writing.

    -              Experience using C, C++, Python, SQL.

    -              Res2DInv, SIPWIN, GroundVision, MATLAB.

    Broad Base of Geological/Geophysical Skills

    -              Processing/reducing large packages of data for analyzing.

    -              Experience importing data sets into various software, manipulation of data, exporting.

    -              Knowledge and application of various filtering techniques to maps and grids in Oasis Montaj, ArcGIS, GMT, MATLAB: removing trends, smoothing convolutions, horizontal and vertical gradients, grid math, de-sampling factor, scaling. Referencing and projecting data, conversions. 3D modeling in Geoscience Analyst, ParaView, MATLAB.

    -              Field methods: mapping, measurements, geophysical survey methods (gravity, seismic, magnetic, electrical).

    -              The principles of computer science, and writing in in C, C++, Python, some exposure to Java.

    -              Using available geophysical and geological data and samples to create more informed geological interpretations.


    Scientific Writing Skills

    -              Able to confidently communicate research through concise, scientific writing.

    -              Able to find and use wide range of sources while keeping organized and prioritized.

    -              Experience writing journal-style, dissertation-style, and scientific reports.


    Laboratory Techniques

    -              Course instruction and practice using Mossbauer, X-Ray Diffraction, Visible Infrared Spectroscopy (VisNIR),   Scanning Electron Microscopy, X-Ray Fluorescence, and Mineral Liberation Analysis.

    -              Petrography using Polarizing Light Microscopy.

    -              Sample Preparation (collection, cutting, cleaning, thin section), SELFRAG, Diamond Saw.



    2019-20     Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)       (Provincial Academic Scholarship)

    2019           AAPG Grants-In-Aid Scholarship               (Roger W. Stoneburner Memorial Grant)

    2019           David Edney Research Travel Award       (Research grant to study in Paris, France) 

    2018           CSEG - Imperial Oil Scholarship                 (Graduate geophysics award)

    2017          Medal in Geological Sciences                    (graduating student with highest standing in geological sciences)

    2016-17     J. Allan Donaldson Prize in Geology        (4th-yr academic award, demonstrated interest Precambrian geology)

    2016           JADE Award – Queen’s Bursary                 (Academic achievement in geological or biological science)

    2016,19     KEGS Foundation – WAMIC Scholarship  (4th-yr geophysics student with superior academic record)

    2016           Roger and Lorna Smith TA Award             (APSC 151: Earth Systems Engineering, by student nomination)

    2015-16     Manley B. Baker Scholarship in Geology (two awards for highest standing in 1st and 2nd year geology).

    Clubs/ Extra Curricular

                                          2018- 2020                Graduate Student Council (Graduate Representative)

                                                                               Joliffe Club (Graduate Club) – Executive Council

                                          2015-16                     Women In Mining (WIM): Kingston Student Chapter – member

                                                                              WIM: 3rd Annual Rick Hudson Speaker Series (host and participant)

                                                                               Geo-Olympics (Ottawa, ON)

                                                                             Summer Intramurals


                                          2018 - 2019               Senior’s Association of Kingston

                                          2012                          Habitat for Humanity, Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief (New Orleans, LA)

                                          2011                          Habitat for Humanity, House Rebuild Project (Americus, GA)

    Other Employment

    2018-2021      Graduate Student (Queen's University)

    2016-2019      Queens’ University – Teaching Assistant     

    2018               City of Kingston – Traffic Guard

    2018               Kingston Day Care – Day Care Staff

    2015-17          Clermont Group – Lifeguard

    2014               Old Navy – Sales Associate

    2014-15          Costco – Deli Staff

    2012-13          Loyalist Township – Day Camp Staff

    2012               Conservatory Pond – Wait Staff

    2011-12          Private Employment – Nanny/Housekeeper

    2010               Independent Grocer – Cashier

    2009               Jolly Breeze Tall Ship – Deckhand/Tour guide/Wait staff

    2008               Adventure North Hockey Camp - Counsellor



    Dr. Alexander Braun (Professor/Supervisor)

    Dept. Geological Science and Engineering

    Queen’s University



    Dr. Georgia Fotopoulos (Professor)

    Dept. Geological Science and Engineering

    Queen’s University



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