Associate Professor Laura Bristow is a marine biogeochemist at the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Gothenburg. Her interdisciplinary research is focused on the cycling of elements (notably nitrogen) and microbial community function across oxic-anoxic interfaces, like those to be found in the OMZ off the coast of Chile, that will be investigated during this Falkor(too) cruise. Here along with her excited team she will utilise novel techniques to asses these questions in situ, thereby avoiding any biases that arise as a result of collecting water at depth, bringing it onboard the reseach vessel and subsequent handling.

 Since gaining her PhD at the University of East Anglia, UK, Laura has undertaken research positions at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, USA, the Max Planck Insitute for Marine Microbiology, Germany and the University of Suothern Denmark, before settling in her current position in Sweden in 2022. Throughout she has remained committed to gaining a mechanistic understanding of how microbial communities interact with the environment to shape biogeochemical cycles across aquatic systems.