Introduction of Experts

  • <font color='063D64'>Janusz Jurand Pętkowski</font>

    Janusz Jurand Pętkowski

    Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Janusz J. Petkowski is an astrobiologist who works as a Research Scientist in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is interested in biosignature gases, theoretical biochemistry, and in research leading to finding life outside Earth.
  • <font color='063D64'>Patrick J. Frings</font>

    Patrick J. Frings

    GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam, Germany
    Patrick Frings studied Environmental Geography and Quaternary Science in London, UK, where he first became interested in Si biogeochemistry. Following a PhD in Lund University, Sweden, that investigated silicon cycling in modern rivers and wetlands, he his now a postdoctoral fellow at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam, Germany. His research focuses on the development and application of 'novel' stable isotope tools to trace present and past weathering and biogeochemical cycling.
  • <font color='063D64'>Paul J. Tréguer</font>

    Paul J. Tréguer

    Univ Brest, CNRS, IRD, Ifremer, Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer, LEMAR, Rue Dumont d’Urville, 29280, Plouzané, France, 2State Key Laboratory of Satellite Ocean Dynamics (SOED), Ministry of Natural Resource, Hangzhou 310012, China
    Paul J. Tréguer is a marine biogeochemist of the Marine Institute for Marine Studies (IUEM), University of Brest (UBO). He recently co-authored the book « Ocean – evolving concepts », published by Wiley eds. He is interested in the biogeochemistry of the polar seas and of the coastal ocean. Since 1995, he led the publications of three review articles on the world ocean silica cycle.
  • <font color='063D64'>Jill N. Sutton</font>

    Jill N. Sutton

    Univ Brest, CNRS, IRD, Ifremer, Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer, LEMAR, Rue Dumont d’Urville, 29280, Plouzané, France
    Jill Sutton is an Assistant Professor in the department of biology at the University of Brest (UBO, France) and is affiliated with the European Institute for Marine Science (IUEM, France). She is a marine biogeochemist and is interested in the evolution of marine biogeochemical cycles and the development of biogeochemical proxies, for example natural abundance silicon and boron stable isotopes in marine organisms. She also created the Silica School SPOC (an online course) with Professor Paul Tréguer (UBO-IUEM, France).
  • <font color='063D64'>Katharine Hendry</font>

    Katharine Hendry

    School of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Bristol, Wills Memorial Building, Queen’s Road, Bristol BS8 1RJ
    Kate Hendry is a biogeochemist and chemical oceanographer at the University of Bristol, interested in understanding nutrient cycling in the modern ocean, and the link between past climatic change, ocean circulation, nutrient supply and biological productivity. She has a particular fascination with the polar regions, and has worked extensively in both the Antarctic and Arctic.
  • <font color='063D64'>Manuel Maldonado</font>

    Manuel Maldonado

    CEAB, CSIC, Blanes, Spain
    Dr. Manuel Maldonado is a senior scientist of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) at the Centre for Advances Studies of Blanes (CEAB), where it founded the group of Sponge Ecobiology and Biotechnology (SEB). His research has addressed diverse aspects of the biology and ecology of marine sponges, with especial emphasis on the utilization of silicon by these organisms. In this latter field, he attempts to combine molecular and cell biology approaches to decipher the intricacies of sponge silicification with investigations on the ecological and biogeochemical effects that the utilization of silicon by sponges has on the marine ecosystems. By such a relatively multidisciplinary, broad-spectrum endeavor, it is pursued to obtain an integrative, global perspective on this challenging subject.
  • <strong><font color='063D64'>Su Mei LIU</font></strong>

    Su Mei LIU

    Frontiers Science Center for Deep Ocean Multispheres and Earth System, and Key Laboratory of Marine Chemistry Theory and Technology MOU, Ocean University of China
    Su-Mei LIU is a professor of Chemical Oceanography at Ocean University of China. Her research focuses on nutrient cycles, nitrogen isotopes, silicon dissolution, environmental evolution, atmospheric nutrient deposition, social-ecosystem interactions.
  • <strong><font color='063D64'>Chris Bowler</font></strong>

    Chris Bowler

    lnstitut de Biologie de l’ENS (IBENS), Département de biologie, École normale supérieure, CNRS, INSERM, Université PSL, 75005 Paris, France
    Chris Bowler is Director of Research at CNRS and head of the Laboratory of Plant and Algal Genomics at the Institut de Biologie de l’Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. His major research interest is in understanding the response of plants and marine diatoms to environmental signals. In marine diatoms he established molecular tools to assess gene function and he has played a major role in coordinating the whole genome sequencing of several species, as well as coordinating the Tara Oceans project.
  • <strong><font color='063D64'>Aude Leynaert</font></strong>

    Aude Leynaert

    Marine Environmental sciences Laboratory of INSTITUT UNIVERSITAIRE EUROPEEN DE LA MER(IUEM)
    Aude leynaert is a CNRS senior scientist and she works at “Marine Environmental sciences Laboratory” (LEMAR) in the University Institute for Marine Studies (IUEM). She is a marine biogeochemist, particularly focusing on the silica cycle. She has worked for a long time on pelagic diatoms by measuring their biogenic silica production with 32Si. More recently, she looked at the contribution of benthic, and sympagic diatoms and also at other silicifing organisms, such as rhizarians and sponges.