Anna is a Research Associate at the University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa, working in the laboratory of Dr. Edward DeLong. She joined the team to spearhead developing high throughput workflows using robotics to prepare marine microbial and marine sediment trap samples for genetic sequencing. In addition to her laboratory role, she joined the UH/MBARI LRAUV collaboration in 2015. During this time she has been training with Dr. Christina Preston to learn the ESP operations and contribute to validation experiments of the new technology. Anna’s role during the Falkor expedition will be to continue training with the ESP team and perform CTD sampling for cross validation. Upon the completion of the cruise, Anna and her colleague Paul Den Uyl, II will be processing the samples for genetic sequencing.