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).
EXPERIENCE / PROJECTS
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.
PUBLICATIONS & PROCEDINGS
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. https://doi.org/10.1190/tle39070497.1
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. https://doi.org/10.15530/urtec-2020-2469
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.
KNOWLEDGE & TECHNICAL SKILLS
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.
- 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.
SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS
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)
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)
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
Dr. Georgia Fotopoulos (Professor)
Dept. Geological Science and Engineering
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