Sina Schorn is an environmental microbiologist currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Sina is interested in the microorganisms and their activities responsible for the emission of greenhouse gases from aquatic environments, including marine coastal sediments and anoxic marine and freshwater basins. In her current position, she is investigating the microbial nitrogen cycle in anoxic marine waters. To this end, she combines measurements of microbial process rates with the analysis of single cell activities using different mass spectrometry techniques.

Sina received her B.Sc. in Biology and her M.Sc. in Microbiology from the University of Oldenburg, Germany. She performed her Ph.D. studies at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen, Germany, investigating microbial activities in anoxic, methane-rich environments. For her doctoral studies, Sina received the MARUM Research Award for Marine Science from the University of Bremen and the Joachim Jungius Award from the Academy of Sciences in Hamburg.

This cruise will be her second ship-based expedition, where she will investigate microbial activities in the anoxic waters of a marine oxygen minimum zone and their role in the nitrogen cycle.

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