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Meet our Researchers

Our researchers participate in international expeditions and nationally unique research projects. Meet some of them in stories and interviews.

Marine Chemistry

Measures carbon dioxide and ocean acidification on drifting ice floes

MOSAiC is the world’s biggest ever Arctic expedition. Researchers from around 20 countries are carrying out unique studies of the air, ice, and ocean. Participants from the Department of Marine Sciences are researchers Adam Ulfsbo and Katarina Abrahamsson.

"The effects of climate change are visible earlier in the Arctic and more clearly than anywhere else," says Katarina Abrahamsson.

Marine Chemistry

Isaac Santos digs in the deep mud of the Amazon

Isaac Santos and his family moved to Gothenburg because of a ship.  The University's new research vessel R/V Skagerak is a fairly unique initiative, even internationally.

Now, Isaac Santos and his new research team are going to set up a high-tech mini-laboratory in the Amazon.


Sebastiaan Swart wants to reveal secrets under the Southern Ocean ice

"One of the greatest difficulties with predicting climate is that we don’t know enough about what is going on in the ocean. For example, how it emits or absorbs heat from the atmosphere and how the exchange of CO2 between the ocean and the atmosphere occurs."

Preservation of Marine Cultural Heritage

Johanna Elam is the oceanographer who fell in love with archaeological wood

Doctoral student Johanna Elam is investigating to what extent wood pilings in Gothenburg’s clay soil may become infested by mould fungus and bacteria when the surrounding conditions change.

“We have placed metres that give us an indication of pore pressure in the clay. We want to try to understand the relationship between the environment and decomposition.”

Marine Chemistry

Astrid Hylén wants to understand the effects of human activity on our oceans

Astrid is part of a group of marine chemists who have been studying the seabeds of the Baltic Sea for a long time. For Astrid Hylén there are two research areas that are more important. One deals with climate trends and the capacity of our oceans and seas to bind carbon. The second area of research concerns eutrophication.

"My favourite thing to do is stand on a boat mucking about in mud all day.”