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Ocean BioGeosciences



My research interests lay at the boundary between ocean physics and biogeochemistry. My work combines the use of both models and observations to study biophysical interactions, the spatiotemporal variability of biogeochemical fields from the submesoscale to the basin scale, upwelling system dynamics and climate change feedbacks.

My background is in Physics (BSc) and Physics of Complex Systems (MSc). I developed my PhD (2014-2018) in ocean biogeochemistry in the Environmental physics group of ETH-Zurich, supervised by Prof Niki Gruber. My PhD thesis focused on the lateral transport of organic carbon from the coast of the Canary Upwelling System to the open North Atlantic using high-resolution coupled physical-biogeochemical model simulations, addressing the role of small scale filaments and mesoscale eddies in the relocation and biological transformation of the coastal organic material. In 2019, I worked at the University of Exeter in the group of Tim Lenton on modeling changes in the ocean nutrient and redox state due to the evolution of the biological pump at the Proterozoic-Paleozoic transition.

I moved to work at NOC in the group of Steph Henson in January 2020, initially under my own funded postdoc project  "The influence of mesoscale activity on organic carbon export fluxes: bridging models and observations". Since then, I've been involved in the analysis of high-resolution glider data collected in the Benguela Upwelling region within project GOCART, with the help of a variety of satellite data, model reanalysis and a new coupled model setup for the Benguela that I developed at NOC. I've been studying the variability of oxygen concentrations and the multi-scale drivers of intermittent hypoxia in the offshore northern Benguela, and how this influences the observed glider particle and chlorophyll data. I'm also involved in the analysis of ship organic carbon data within project SUMMER and project COMICS

I've been widely involved in the organization of conference sessions and seminars, among which the international EBUS Webinars project (2018-2021) which was created and run by a group of early-career ocean scientists to make the scientific knowledge exchange on the ocean's eastern boundary upwelling systems (EBUS) more inclusive and sustainable, and which hosted 37 online scientific talks. I'm currently co-organizing the OBG-MSM meetings at NOC.


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You can also find my list of publications and projects on OrcID and ResearchGate.