FjordEco 2: NBP16-03

Dr. Andrew Sweetman, International Research Institute of Stavanger (IRIS), Norway

SweetmanDr. Andrew K. Sweetman is presently a Research Coordinator for Deep-Sea Ecology Research at the International Research Institute of Stavanger (IRIS), Norway, but will be moving to begin a position as an Associate Professor at the new Sir Charles Lyell Centre for Earth and Marine Science and Technology at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, UK this July.  Andrew holds a PhD in deep-sea biology from the Max Planck Institute (Germany). Andrew is specialized on the impact of anthropogenic stressors on shallow and deep-sea benthic ecosystems. He has extensive experience in using deep-sea vehicles (e.g., benthic chamber landers, time-lapse camera landers, sediment trap systems) for studying ecosystems at continental shelf through to abyssal depths. His current work includes assessing the impacts of mine tailings deposits on deep fjord ecosystems in Norway, the effects of organic falls (e.g., jellyfish falls) on deep-sea benthic habitats, and assessing the ecological effects caused by deep-sea mining. During the Fjord Eco cruise, Andrew will be running the benthic biogeochemistry studies, and assisting his long-time collaborator, Prof. Craig Smith, with the sediment trap and time-lapse camera experiments amongst other things.

Maria Stenzel, Photographer – National Geographic

StenzelMaria Stenzel is a photographer and journalist who has worked with National Geographic covering a myriad of stories including several in the Antarctic. Maria first traveled to Antarctica with a National Science Foundation funded project in 1995 and has returned several times since. Maria will be capturing the stunning landscape and fauna of Andvord Bay as well as coordinate project outreach.

Amanda Ziegler, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

Amanamanda_zieglerda Ziegler is a PhD candidate in the Biological Oceanography program at the University of Hawai’i. She earned her B.S. degree in Marine Biology from the University of Rhode Island in 2012 where she focused on marine and community ecology. Her dissertation focuses on investigating the diversity and structure of megabenthic communities in fjords along the West Antarctic Peninsula. For this work, she will utilize seafloor imagery, stable isotopes and modelling techniques to explore the community composition, food web structure and dispersal of megafauna. Amanda participated on the first FjordEco cruise and can’t wait to go back! She is also generally interested in deep-sea ecology and has been involved in several cruises and projects including the ABYSSLINE project assessing the diversity of benthic megafauna in a manganese nodule mining claim within the Clarion-Clipperton Zone. Twitter: @AmandaFZiegler

Oyvind Lundesgaard, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

OyvindOyvind Lundesgaard is a PhD student at the University of Hawai’i. He has earned a BSc in Physics from the University of Iceland and an MSc in Oceanography from the University of Hawai’i. His research interests include ocean circulation, internal waves, mixing and observational oceanography. In his MSc work, Øyvind studied tropical mixing using data from moored current profilers and shipboard measurements in the Western Equatorial Pacific. For his PhD Oyvind will be transitioning to higher latitudes, looking at circulation and mixing in the fjords of the Antarctic Peninsula. On the FjordEco cruises he will be measuring ocean turbulence using a vertical microstructure profiler.

Astrid Leitner, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa


P1080268Astrid Leitner 
is a PhD student at the University of Hawai’i working in the Drazen Lab. Astrid works primarily in deep-sea fish ecology. Her dissertation explores the effect of topographical features of various spatial scales on communities. Her work explores seamounts, abyssal hills, and pinnacles using a variety of data types: satellite chlorophyll data, baited camera footage from the abyssal Pacific, shallow water baited camera video from nearshore Hawaii, and bathymetry data. She has been involved in several cruises prior to this one including the ABYSSLINE project, which is creating an environmental baseline for planned deepsea mining projects in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone. On this cruise she will be working with the Benthic Ecology team and helping to run the MOCNESS system targeting krill swarms in the fjords.

Katy Christensen, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

KatyKaty Christensen is a Global Environmental Science undergraduate student at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa focusing on physical oceanography. Katy is originally from Flagstaff, Arizona and, after graduating from Flagstaff High School, she decided to continue her studies in something she is very passionate about: the ocean. She has now been studying at the University of Hawai’i for three years and she voluneteers with a variety of groups on Oahu including Pae Pae O’He’eia Fishpond and the Surfrider Foundation. When she is not hard at work, Katy enjoys hiking, scuba diving and swimming as well as playing music with the university marching band.

Kelcey Chung, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

Kelcey Chung is an undergraduate at the University of Hawai’i who will be conducting her senior thesis work with PI Dr. Craig Smith. She will be focused on the reproductive output of macrofauna from Andvord Bay and the open shelf.

Emily Eidam, University of Washington

EEidamEmily Eidam is a PhD candidate at the University of Washington. Her research with Drs. Chuck Nittrouer and Andrea Ogston focuses on transfer of fine sediments to the coastal ocean via buoyant plumes and boundary-layer processes. During the cruise, she will be assisting with sediment collection for grain-size and short-lived isotope analyses, and will be x-raying slabs of sediment for information about physical structures and bioturbation.

Colin Butler, University of Washington

cbutlerColin Butler is an undergraduate at the University of Washington finishing a degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering with a focus in hydrology and hydrodynamics. Colin works as a research assistant in Mountain & Snow Hydrology, exploring climate analysis for snowpack modeling and maintaining instrumentation at the energy-balance station he manages in the Cascade mountains. He is interested in learning more about oceanographic and glacial processes and he is really looking forward to aiding in data collection and analysis on the FjordEco cruise. In addition to his studies and research involvement, Colin loves to bike, backpack, and mountain climb as much as he can and enjoys listening to electronic music, cooking and participating in a variety of sports in his spare time.

Kiefer Forsch, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

KieferKiefer Forsch is a second year Marine Chemistry graduate student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. In the Barbeau Lab, researchers work hard to strip away each layer of complexity of iron in the modern ocean (often revealing another layer). The intricate nature of iron has made grasping the big picture of the iron biogeochemical cycle seemingly just out of reach. Its role as an essential and sometimes limiting nutrient for life is best demonstrated in the Southern Ocean. Close to the continent, the melting of ice plays a critical role in supporting intense blooms. Fjord systems exchange meltwater with the open ocean, providing an ideal location to study ice-sourced iron in a changing seascape. Kiefer grew up in the small farming community of Chelsea, MI and attended Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH) for undergrad where he majored in Chemistry. Following graduation in 2012, Kiefer worked for two years as a lab technician at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University. Kiefer is an avid soccer player, backpacker, and fly fisherman.

Jack Pan, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

PanJack Pan is a second-year Ph.D student working with Dr. MariaVernet and Dr. Greg Mitchell at Scripps Institution of Oceanography(SIO). He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Earth & Environmental Sciences at University of California, Irvine. Prior to enrolling at SIO, Jack worked on numerous projects at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory focusing on integrating oceanographic studies with applied sciences.  In order to achieve a better understanding of the rapidly changing polar ecology and biogeochemistry, he is interested in utilizing optics-focused techniques to assimilate field measurements, remote sensing, and numerical models. Twitter: @byjpan

Lindsey Eckern, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Lindsey Eckern is a graduate student working with Dr. Maria Vernet at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She has been to sea in the Southern Ocean previously analyzing nutrient concentrations in seawater; an important control on productivity. Lindsey continues this work now as part of the FjordEco phytoplankton team.

Lauren Manck, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Lauren Manck is a graduate student working with Dr. Kathleen Barbeau at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Lauren is interested in the effects of iron on heterotrophic bacterial metabolism and how this applies broadly to iron and carbon cycling in the oceans.

Diane Gutierrez Franco, University of California, Santa Barbara

Diana Gutierrez Franco is an undergraduate working with the phytoplankton team led by Dr. Maria Vernet

Hank Stachewicz, University of Alaska at Fairbanks

Hank Stachewicz is an engineer and technician working with Dr. Peter Winsor at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. Hank works with a variety of instruments including gliders and moorings. He was recently involved in another Antarctic project installing HF radar stations and deploying gliders near Palmer Station.

Pete Shipton, University of Alaska at Fairbanks

Pete Shipton is a mooring technician at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks Seward Marine Center. He will be assisting Dr. Peter Winsor with the oceanographic moorings on this cruise.

Esty Willcox, University of Alaska at Fairbanks

Esty Willcox is a MS student in physical oceanography with Dr. Peter Winsor at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. Esty is interested in iceberg-mediated mixing within Andvord Bay among other aspects of the circulation.