Who we are

The SeaRocks Blog contributors are a group of 12 PhD and 2 Postdocs who are a part of the Marie Curie ITN ABYSS. We are early career scientists who study “Sea Rocks” and are excited to share our passion about these rocks with the world. Enjoy and if you would like to get in touch feel free to contact us via twitter, facebook, or at searocksblog [at] gmail [dot] com.

As individuals each one of us has had to travel from near and far to where we currently live and work. To make it easier for everyone we’ve put together the map below showing where we are from and where we are now. If you’re interested in knowing a bit more about an individual author click on their name, and it will bring you down to their quick facts. More detailed biographies are available too, just click on any of our full names!

adrianaAdriana (Barcelona, Spain Hannover, Germany), Aurélien (Paris, France Southamption, UK), barbaraBarbara (Bern, Switzerland Southampton, UK), carlottaCarlotta (Genova, Italy Montpellier, France), manolisEmmanouil (Athens, Greece Granada, Spain), karinKarin (Wageningen, Netherlands Bremen, Germany), kristinaKristina (Münster, Germany Oslo, Norway), justineJustine (Paris, France Milan, Italy), manuelManuel (Freiburg, Germany Granada, Spain), pavelPavel (Krasnoyarsk, Russia Montpellier, France), rachaelRachael (Connecticut, USA Paris, France), sofiaSofia (Madrid, Spain Montpellier, France), tomTom (Cardiff, Wales Trondheim, Norway), valValentin (Strasbourg, France Genoa, Italy), zeudiaZeudia (Naples, Italy Trondheim, Norway)

Adriana Who: Adriana Currin Sala
Where: Mineralogy Institute, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany
Main topics: Tectonics and the oceanic crust, mid-ocean ridge rocks, hydrothermal fluids, abyss in the lab
Aurel Who: Aurélien Beaumais
Where: Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton
Main topics: Fluid-rock interactions, reactive percolation experiments, isotopes
Barbara Who: Barbara Zihlmann
Where: Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton
Main topics: Ocean crust, scientific ocean drilling, geochemical and petrological analytical techniques
Carlotta Who: Carlotta Ferrando
Where: Géosciences Montpellier, Université de Montpellier
Main topics: Field work, ocean expeditions, minerals within the ocean crust
Manolis Who: Emmanouil Giampouras
Where: Instituto Andaluz de Ciencias de la Tierra; University Granada
Main topics: The crystal “society”, minerals, growing crystals in the lab
Justine Who: Justine Francomme
Where: Dipartimento di Science della Terra “Ardito Desio”, Università degli Studi di Milano
Main topics: Lab devices, experimental and analytical techniques, the mantle.
Karin Who: Karin Los
Where: Department of Geosciences, University of Bremen
Main topics: Black smokers, mineral imaging techniques
Kristina Who: Kristina Dunkel
Where: Physics of Geological Processes, University of Oslo
Main topics: Reaction of mantle rocks with water, physics of geology
Manuel_blog-picture Who: Manuel Menzel
Where: Instituto Andaluz de Ciencias de la Tierra; University Granada
Main topics: Carbon in mantle rocks, the global carbon cycle
Pavel Who: Pavel Smal
Where: Géosciences Montpellier, Université de Montpellier
Main topics: Image processing
Rachael Who: Rachael Moore
Where: Geobiology Division, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris
Main topics: Microbial life in ocean rocks, microimaging, life as a (semi-)nomadic scientist
Sofia Who: Sofia Escario
Where: Géosciences Montpellier, Université de Montpellier
Main topics: Serpentinization reaction, microimaging techniques, fluid-rock interactions
Tom Who: Tom Grant
Where: Department of Geology and Mineral Resources Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
Main topics: Coming soon
Val Who: Valentin Basch
Where: University of Genova
Main topics: Coming soon
Zeudia Who: Zeudia Pastore
Where: Department of Geology and Mineral Resources Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
Main topics: Geology as a Science and Applied Geophysics