Aurora Borealis in Trondheim

Colours in the sea and in the sky

Our Centre for Trace Metal and Experimental Biogeochemistry collaborates with Stellenbosch University’s biotechnologists to better understand the relationship between the marine microbial community composition and the biogeochemical cycling. One of our current priorities is to find out how the microbial communities adapt to the very pronounced changes in macro- (e.g., N, P) and trace (e.g.,…

and the set-up for specific samples, here for particulate organic carbon (POC) and Genomics that allow us to study the microbial community composition.

First week at sea

Johan’s sampling mission began the day after leaving Cape Town harbour. He samples the surface ocean for a number of biogeochemical properties at high resolution across the fronts. These fronts separate very distinctive water masses in the Southern Ocean; each of these waters masses as well as each of the fronts have a “fingerprint” combination…

Loading our incubator. We will grow bacteria and algae isolated from the seawater at defined temperature (as cold as the seawater around the Antarctic) during the cruise.

New summer voyage 2016/2017

We have been pretty busy with the new cruise preparations over the past few weeks. But finally, Johan, this year’s participant, is on board along with all the sample equipment and the ship left Cape Town Waterfront.  Johan will report back from his experience whenever he has some spare time. He will be extremely busy…

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Ismael’s experience as an ORACLES (ObseRvations of aerosols above Clouds and their intEractionS) Shadow Participant

Hi all, welcome back after a long stretch of silence. Today, Ismael Kangueehi shares his experience as a participant in the ORACLES internship programme with you. Special thanks to Nicky Knox from Namibia University of Science and Technology for organizing this amazing opportunity. Susanne Ismael: My personal experience being an intern for the NASA ORACLES…