Emma Cavan

I'm a marine biogeochemist (post-doc) working at the University of Tasmania's (Australia) Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies. I study the biological carbon pump (BCP) which is an ecological processes transporting organic carbon in particles synthesised by phytoplankton to the deep ocean. It's a complex system which results in significant amounts of atmospheric carbon dioxide being removed from the global carbon cycle. My work in Tasmania focusses specifcally on the BCP in the Southern Ocean which has important geoengineering potential.

I did both my undergraduate degree in marine biology and my PhD in marine biogeochemistry at the University of Southampton and the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) Southampton.

My work has taken me on many research cruises, the best was my first cruise which was in the Southern Ocean. So many penguins! I've also been heavily involved in aspects of science outside of research such as policy, diversity and communications.

I am responsible for the Society's communications - social media and the website. Please get in contact through the contact form on this website if you have any comments of queries.

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AMBIO VIII registration and abstract submission open!

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Vacancy: Regius Professorship of Ocean Sciences

The University of Southampton and National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, are on the search to fill one of the most prestigious roles in academia, a Regius Professorship.

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