Introducing: Svenja Ryan

Written by Svenja Ryan:

My name is Svenja. I am currently a PhD student in physical oceanography at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Science in Bremerhaven, Germany and my work is actually very much related to the experiments which we will perform on the Coriolis platform. Even though I will not use the data myself, I am very excited to be part of the team in Grenoble.

I did my Bachelor (Physics of the Earth’s System) and Master (Climate Physics) degree in Kiel, Germany, where the University of Kiel and the GEOMAR have
a great joint program. From the beginning on I was drawn to the field of oceanography as the vast oceans fascinate me and there is still so much left to explore. During my Bachelor I had the chance to participate in a research cruise to Antarctica for the first time; a place that is truly breathtaking. So, I went again a second time during my Master and, what a surprise, ended up doing my PhD in the topic and got to go there a third time J  In my work, I am studying the flow of warm oceanic waters toward the ice shelf by using observations and a numerical model.
We have a close cooperation with the University of Bergen, through which I met Elin and which is why I ended up coming to Grenoble I guess. It is one of the great things about this job that you get to work with great people from many different institutes and countries, while you all share the common interest of learning about the ocean and understand its role in the climate system.  Read the blog and you can follow us on our exciting adventure 🙂


Introducing: Lucie Vignes

Written by Lucie Vignes:

I am Lucie, I will spend 3 weeks in Grenoble to work on the
topographic aspect of the experiment. I am starting a PhD in October
in LOCEAN (Paris) to work about water masses circulation and
transformation in the Weddell Sea, which is surrounding Antarctica.
Regarding my thesis subject, the experiments that are going to take
place in Grenoble will (I hope) help to have a better understanding of
the dynamical processes in the Weddell Sea.
I have a master in physical oceanography,  in which I studied oceanic
circulation, geophysical fluid dynamics and coastal dynamics.
I am super happy to work on the Coriolis platform and hope that we
will see nice phenomenon.

Introducing: Mirjam Glessmer

And another post introducing another team member working on the TOBACO project! Introducing today: Mirjam Glessmer.

My name is Mirjam. I am a physical oceanographer myself and have done a postdoc in Bergen (which – small world! – Elin sent me the advertisement to after – even smaller world! – a proposal for a postdoc position with Anna unfortunately didn’t get funded!). But while I love physical oceanography, love going to sea, and love doing tank experiments, I realized that I am not so keen on doing the sitting-in-the-office-and-struggling-with-software part of the research myself (but if you are interested in my oceanographic street cred, check out my publications on Nordic Seas fresh water, double-diffusive mixing, and lots of other cool stuff here). However, I am passionate about learning about other people’s research, and about communicating ocean and climate topics to the public! So I am here to support the outreach side of things.

When I am not in Grenoble, I work at the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education in Kiel, Germany, and investigate outreach in ocean and climate sciences. How can we do it best? What design criteria can we use? In fact, I might be doing some research on who is reading this blog and for what reasons! 😉

For more information about me, you can have a look at my website, or – if you are interested in “kitchen oceanography”, random observations of all things water or science teaching – check out my blog!

Introducing: Nadine Steiger

I am Nadine and will spend the whole 2 months in Grenoble to make sure that I don’t miss anything exciting in the lab. Just one month ago I started my PhD with Elin in Bergen and I am still a bit new to the topic. So, I will be learning together with you and help keeping you up-to-date on what is happening at the Coriolis platform. My background is in meteorology and oceanography with a main focus on polar regions. Because I have been studying the retreat of marine-terminating glaciers during my master thesis, it really interests me why the beautiful ice has to melt! How does the warm ocean water can make it all the way into the ice shelf cavities and how will this change in a changing environment? I hope we will get closer to the answer during the experiments here in Grenoble.

Introducing: Elin Darelius

I was told (by our outreach expert) to introduce myself to you… so here we go! You already know the basics – my name is Elin and I am an oceanographer. I live in Bergen, Norway where I moved from the flat southern Sweden as a student a long time ago. I quickly fell in love with the mountains, bought a pair of rubber boots and learnt to live with the (eternal) rain… and just before the summer, I (finally) got a permanent position as an associate professor at the University of Bergen, so I guess I’ll keep wearing those rubber boots for a while.
I went to Svalbard and UNIS at 78N as a student, and science wise I never really left the high latitudes. Snow, ice and cold water are so fascinating, so interesting and so beautiful! I now work mostly in Antarctica – which, for a sea-going oceanographer means that you every now and then disappear many weeks (or even months) at a time. That is not always easy when you’ve got two young daughters at home. Last time when I was about to go south, Sara wondered why I didn’t just put my instrument in the ocean next to our summerhouse – “There’s plenty of water there too!”
Antarctica is far away – but it is plays a key role in our climate system and we know so little about what happens there and about how it all fits together. There are so many exciting and important questions to answer! This time however, we will try to answer a few of them from Grenoble, a little bit closer to home.


In the Weddell Sea, Antarctica