The FRidge team is made up of scientists from the UK and the USA. The underlying science is funded by a NERC research grant led by Maeve Lohan and Alessandro Tagliabue.
(Cruise Chief Scientist, University of Liverpool, UK)
Dr Alessandro Tagliabue is a quantitative ocean biogeochemist who is interested in the processes that shape ocean biogeochemical cycling. Alessandro uses a combination of modelling, data synthesis and fieldwork techniques to conduct his research with a strong emphasis on multi-disciplinary collaboration. More information can be found here.
Maeve Lohan (University of Southampton, UK)
Professor Maeve Lohan is interested in understanding the chemical speciation and fate of trace elements in the marine environment and the trace metal limitation of marine phytoplankton and interactions between trace metals and planktonic organisms in the marine environment. She is also interested in the role that marine particles play in the biogeochemical cycling of trace elements in the ocean.
Andy Heath (University of Liverpool, UK)
Dr Andy Heath is a visualisation scientist who is interested in using visual media to communicate the scientific ideas that underpin research projects to school pupils, decision makers and the general public. He is responsible for creating the video outputs for FRidge and this website. Some of the outputs Andy has created for previous projects can be viewed on this YouTube channel.
Alastair Lough – (University of Southampton, UK)
Dr Alastair Lough is interested in biogeochemical processes that supply iron to the oceans, specifically iron sourced from hydrothermal systems and diagenetic processes in continental margin sediments. He makes use of stable isotopes as tracers of geochemical processes.
Shaun Rigby (University of Liverpool, UK)
Shaun Rigby is a second year PhD student. His work focuses on the relative supply of nutrients to the ocean and subsequent impacts on biota. Throughout his studies he uses large datasets from programmes such as GEOTRACES, which the FRidge cruise is a part of. Shaun is part of the science crew aboard the cruise, and will also be filming and attempting to provide answers to the questions asked by schools.
Alex Baker (University of East Anglia)
Professor Alex Baker is a chemist by training but developed a strong interest in the oceans during his undergraduate degree. His research interests have developed into the fields of marine and atmospheric iodine biogeochemistry and the atmospheric transport of nutrients and trace metals and their impact on the marine carbon cycle.
William Jenkins (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute)
Dr William Jenkins is a tracer geochemist whose research activities include the study of ocean circulation and ventilation, carbon and nutrient cycles, and the impact of climate change on them. He developed the use of tritium-3He dating to characterize water mass formation and ventilation, as well as oxygen utilization rates to determine biological production rates in the ocean.
Brandy Toner (University of Minnesota)
Associate Professor Brandy Toner‘s research addresses chemical and biological processes that result in the cycling of metals in the environment. Her two favourite metals are iron (Fe) and manganese (Mn). These two transition metals are prevalent in terrestrial and aquatic environments. Fe and Mn are also interesting study subjects because microbial activity can make their speciation delightfully complex.