My role in Stareso My role in Stareso mesocosm experiments would be to collect samples for amino acids and for sugars analysis to be performed in the HCMR laboratories upon my return. Additionally, I will assist my colleagues with the biological parameters mainly the in the experiments of bacterial, viral production and zooplankton egg production. Generally, I will contribute to the ongoing work for chemical and biological parameters. My main interest in the ‘MedSeA’ EU project involves pH, total alkalinity, total carbon, and the carbonate system parameters in marine water samples.
My thoughts on the trip Well my thoughts at first especially since I wasn’t directly involved with it was: “I am soooooo jealous”. Now this is science and especially oceanography…being on a wooden board, balancing in between chemicals and reagents in order to do some first class research. As my PhD was an 180o degrees turn from my bachelor which was chemical oceanography, this large scale experiment would help me to refresh my memory while doing actual in situ research. I love the interaction with partners from different Institutes and backgrounds and I am looking forward to learn as much as possible during my stay in Stareso. Additionally, I am looking forward to swim in this part of the Mediterranean, doing some snorkeling and if possible enjoy the local cuisine.
More about my research I am a chemical oceanographer with specialization on biotechnology. I have been working in the area of biosensors involving analytical techniques as well as having an interest in organic and inorganic chemistry (marine pollution as my most significant research area). Throughout my studies my prime research interest involves marine pollution and analytical chemistry. I have an MSc degree in Oceanography from the University of Southampton, UK, and a PhD on biosensor technology from Cranfield University again in the UK. The past 4 years I worked as a recalled researcher in a project that involved the development of an amperometric immunosensor (biosensor) for the detection of toxins resulting from Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs). In parallel, I have worked in the organic chemistry laboratory and I was involved with the detection of PAHs (Polychlorinated Aromatic Hydrocarbons) from the shipwreck of the cruise ship “SeaDiamond”. I have worked to several EU and National projects and have gained the experience of laboratory and administrative work as well as efficiently managing all project deliverables. Lately, I am involved on ocean acidification project, detection of pCO2 and alkalinity measurements in seawater samples.