Amy Gartman is a Mendenhall Fellow at the US Geological Survey in Santa Cruz, California. She has a B.S. in Chemistry from New York University and a PhD in Oceanography from the University of Delaware, where she studied the formation and dissolution of natural nanoparticles emitted from hydrothermal vents. Prior to arriving at the USGS, and she spent a year and a half as a postdoc at Harvard University studying microbe- mineral interactions.

Amy’s primary scientific interests involve chemical transformations in aquatic systems, in particular the rates and processes of mineral formation and dissolution, and the contribution of microorganisms to these reactions. This is her sixth research cruise and second trip to the Lau Basin. During this cruise she will analyze high temperature fluids and run an in situ redox/ pH sensor to characterize the local environment.