Meet the BEE Team - Jim Marschalek


This month we meet Jim Marschalek, Graduate BEE Advisor covering the Mid Suffolk and Babergh area.

What’s your favourite thing about BEE Anglia?

I enjoy exploring the Suffolk countryside and meeting interesting businesses and people. It’s also great to be offering free support to people and not trying to generate a profit!

What did you do before working at BEE Anglia?

I studied for an MPhil in Polar Studies at the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge and completed my dissertation on modelling the changes to the dynamics of the Devon Island Ice Cap in the Canadian Arctic. It was great to learn in depth about the Polar Regions and the changes that are currently occurring there, and has made me very aware of the value of projects such as BEE Anglia and the need to reduce CO2 emissions.

What would you be doing if you weren’t at BEE Anglia?

I’d probably be at home on my small family farm helping keep things ticking over.

What’s your favourite place in the world?

That’s tricky. I do enjoy living in Suffolk, but probably somewhere in the Scottish Highlands. I’ve only been there once but I really enjoyed camping on the Rubh' an Dunain peninsular on Skye. The fishing was good and the sense of isolation I felt when I was there was powerful.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Chocolate Weetabix Minis. I’m a big fan of breakfast cereal and these are my favourite. They say ‘stay crisp in milk’ on the side but leave them to soak for 10-15 minutes and they are soggy and much nicer (lots of people don’t believe that but they have converted once they’ve tried it)!

If you could have any superpower, what would you choose?

Teleportation. Not only would I save a huge amount of time travelling to places, but there would be the potential for answering some of science’s big questions. For example, finding out if Earth contains the only life in the universe would be easy as I could travel to promising-looking exoplanets…

Tell us something about you that we couldn’t guess

I can juggle, although only three balls and nothing fancy.

Thanks Jim!  As always, head back to the blog to meet another member of the BEE team soon.

Jim Marschalek