We are a group of  Portuguese, Dutch, Spanish and German researchers (MARE/FCiências.ID, NIOZ, ICTA-UAB, MARUM/Uni-Bremen) in topics related to marine biogeosciences, climate change and atmosphere-ocean-seafloor interactions.


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CATARINA GUERREIRO (PhD). Marine geologist and micropalaeontologist with a multidisciplinary profile and expertise in coccolithophore signatures from sediments and water column in present-day marginal to open-ocean environments, and its application as a tool to unravel (paleo)environmental variability. Currently works as a postdoctoral researcher at MARE-FCiências.ID as the PI of DUSTCO. Her first steps exploring the effects of Saharan dust in the Atlantic started in 2015, when she received a Marie Curie COFUND Fellowship to work at the University of Bremen. More info.

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VANDA BROTAS (PhD). Marine biologist with a broad experience in topics related to marine ecology, including spatio-temporal dynamics of marine phytoplankton, phenology of the phytoplankton spring bloom and validation of satellite ocean colour with in situ data. Currently works as a senior researcher at MARE-FCiências.ID, full professor at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, and visiting professor in the Plymouth Marine Laboratory. She has been the PI of several Portuguese-funded projects and the Portuguese representative of EU-funded projects and ESA-projects.  More info.


JAN-BEREND STUUT (PhD). Marine geologist with a large experience dealing with the transport, dynamics and deposition of desert dust. Senior Researcher at Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), and Utrecht University, and part-time professor at Vrije Universities Amsterdam. PI of two large projects focusing on dust research, in which DUSTCO is embedded: TRAFFIC and DUSTTRAFFIC, funded by the Dutch National Science Foundation (NWO) and the European Research Council (ERC), respectively.  More info.

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PATRIZIA ZIVERI (PhD). Scientific Director at the ICTA-UAB Unit of Excellence, with an extensive and world-wide experience in the coccolithophores seasonal export production and related interaction with biogeochemical cycles. Being one of the leading experts in her field, she currently is, and has been, the PI of several Spanish- and EU-funded research projects exploring the links between atmospheric CO2 dynamics, ocean acidification climate variability and coccolithophores, integrating both modern and past global changes. More info.


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KARL-HEINZ BAUMANN (PhD). Marine geologist and micropalaeontologist with an extensive and world-wide experience in paleoceanography and paleoclimatology, using the living and fossil record of coccolithophores as environmental proxies, exploring its seasonal export production and contribution for the carbonate budget. He has been mostly working in the Atlantic Ocean, but also in the upwelling regions off Chile and Somalia. Currently works as a Senior-researcher at the University of Bremen and member of MARUM. More info.

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GEERT-JAN BRUMMER (PhD). Marine geologist with a vast experience in topics ranging from seasonal particle production by biomineralising ocean plankton, to Saharan dust deposition, current transport of bottom sediment and coral carbonate geochemistry in response to changing ocean-climate, with social focus on the Atlantic and western Indian Ocean. Currently works as a senior scientist at Royal NIOZ and as an extra-ordinary Professor at the VU-Amsterdam. More info.

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GERHARD FISCHER (PhD). Marine geologist with a large experience working with marine particle fluxes in topics related to the marine biological carbon pump in the NE Atlantic. Currently works as a Senior-researcher at the University of Bremen and member of MARUM, where he has been the project leader of GB1 (Particle flux, car­bon turna­over and nu­tri­ent re­gen­er­a­tion) from 2012-2017, and the main responsible fort the long-term monitoring program at site CB-TSF offshore Cape Blanc (Mauritania), collecting particle fluxes since 1988. More info.

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CAROLINA SÁ (PhD). Marine biologist with expertise in satellite ocean colour and phytoplankton ecology. Her research interests include the validation of satellite products, use of remote sensing data to support phytoplankton ecological studies and water quality monitoring, and use of pigments to assess phytoplankton community temporal-spatial distribution variability. Currently works as postdoctoral researcher at CIMA-UAlgarve and MARE-University of Lisbon, focusing on the use of ocean colour data for the monitoring of Portuguese waters from Space. More info.

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LAURA KORTE (PhD). Researcher in marine geosciences at the Royal NIOZ and Utrecht University. She is currently investigating how Saharan dust transported over and into the Atlantic Ocean influences the biological pump by delivering new nutrients for primary production and and by increasing particle export that transfers CO2 from the surface into the deep ocean, as embedded within the formerly ongoing DUSTTRAFFIC project. More info.


MICHELLE VAN DER DOES (PhD). Researcher in marine geosciences at the Royal NIOZ and Utrecht University, currently exploring the spatial and seasonal patterns of African dust deposition in the tropical Atlantic from a sedimentological point of view. As well as its effects on the marine environment. This study was part of her PhD research, which she has recently concluded, embedded in TRAFFIC and DUSTTRAFFIC projects. More info.

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MÁRIO CACHÃO (PhD). Geologist specialized in micropaleontology (Calcareous nannofossils) with broad experience in topics related to marine paleoecology  and paleoceanography from deep ocean to coastal facies, including multivariate statistical analysis and morphometrics. He currently works as a Senior-researcher at IDL/FCiências.ID and as an associate professor at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. He has been the PI of Portuguese-funded projects and cooperates with several other national and international projects.  More info.


UTE MERKEL (PhD). Meteorologist and climate scientist with expertise in climate modelling. Her main focus of research is climate variability on interannual to millennial timescales, in particular the life cycle of mineral dust, atmospheric teleconnections and the El Nino/Southern Oscillation (ENSO). She is currently working in the Geosystem Modelling Group at MARUM / University of Bremen and is involved in the PalMod project (www.palmod.de) aiming at simulating the last glacial-interglacial cycle with comprehensive earth system models.