In November 2017, I joined the Havforskning i Utviklingsland research group at Havforskningsinstituttet to manage the CTD water chemistry lab on board RV Dr. Fridtjof Nansen to ensure high quality data production alongside our partner countries of the EAF-Nansen Programme. My responsibilities include training expedition participants on chemical analyses and sampling procedures for various hydrographic parameters such as pH, total alkalinity, chlorophyll a, dissolved oxygen, salinity and nutrients. I am also involved in writing analytical protocols, testing new methods and instruments, improving data processing, quality assurance, producing survey reports, installing and maintaining instruments and attempting to create an at sea environment where participants are able to take advantage and learn from the resources that are available from our joint cooperation. As my time with Havforskningsinstituttet grows, I have begun getting involved with research publications in addition to increasing my knowledge and experience with the physical oceanographic work being performed on board RV Dr. Fridtjof Nansen.
Before joining Havforskningsinstituttet, I worked as a technician at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in the ocean carbon chemistry lab of Dr. Andrew Dickson and the Oceanographic Data Facility (ODF) chemistry lab that supports all the research vessels of the Scripps fleet. For Dr. Dickson's lab that specialised in CO2 measurements in seawater (dissolved inorganic carbon, total alkalinity, pH), I was the chief analyst overseeing all laboratory analyses, which consisted of sample processing organisation, quality control assurance, experiment formulating, personnel training, instrument preparation and maintenance, data analysis and data presentations.
During my time with ODF, we specialised in dissolved nutrient (nitrite, nitrate, phosphate, silicate, ammonium), dissolved oxygen, and conductivity-based salinity analyses in seawater as well as CTD rosette assembly and maintenance. I decided to switch to ODF to broaden my knowledge and experience in chemical oceanography, while still doing field work on research cruises.
From 2013 to 2017, I spent over 340 days out at sea on research cruises for the US Global Ocean Ship-Based Hydrographic Investigations Program (GO-SHIP) and CLIVAR. During these cruises, I sampled various hydrographic equipment for various seawater parameters (DIC, AT, pH, nutrients, dissolved oxygen, salinity, POC, HPLC), performed on board chemical analyses of seawater (AT, pH, nutrients), performed statistical data analyses and processing, wrote cruise reports, assembled various analytical instruments, assembled sampling equipment and performed routine testing and maintenance for instrumental quality assurance. While acting as Dr. Dickson’s cruise manager, I took charge of organising the lab’s shipping, logistics, preparations and personnel before, during and after cruises for all of our measurements to ensure high quality work from beginning to end.