Elisa Romanelli is a PhD candidate in marine science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she works under the supervision of Prof. David A. Siegel and Prof. Uta Passow.
Elisa investigates the biochemical processes that affect the transport of atmospheric carbon dioxide to the deep ocean, where carbon is stored away from the atmosphere for timescales that are relevant to humans. A better understanding of these processes is essential to be able to predict the response of the ocean storage potential to climate changes.
To collect the data needed to accomplish her research goal, Elisa joined two major oceanographic field expeditions. The first research cruise took place in May 2021 in the Northeast Atlantic and was part of the NASA-funded EXport Processes in the Ocean from RemoTe Sensing (EXPORTS) project. The second cruise was carried out in May 2022 in the Labrador Sea as part of The North Atlantic as a climate ocean (NWA BCP) project supported by the Canadian Ocean Frontier Institute. For more than 30 days each time, marine scientists with diverse expertise utilized state-of-the-art instruments and laboratory techniques to investigate how the ocean processes carbon.
Being on a research vessel is an enthralling and unique experience where researchers from everywhere in the world and at different points of their career collaborate towards a common goal. It is therefore the perfect environment for an early career researcher to learn and network.
Elisa was able to pursue this fulfilling academic opportunity upon being awarded a Fulbright Graduate Study, Self-Placed Scholarship.
To learn more about the work performed during the NWA BCP cruise see: http://scientistsatsea.blogspot.com/2022/06/labrador-sea-research-expedition-it-is.html