Affiliation and Location: UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway
Bio: Andrea grew up near Berlin, Germany, with the limestone quarry in her backyard where the Swedish glaciologist Otto Torell solved a mystery in Quaternary geology by finding proof for continental-scale glaciations.
Andrea pursued her undergraduate education in Geography and Biology at Humboldt University in Berlin and specialised in Quaternary Environment and Climate Development in a masters program at Stockholm University, Sweden, and the University Centre in Svalbard (Norway). She worked in close collaboration with the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) in Potsdam, Germany, during both her BSc and MSc thesis research where she developed a background in interpreting biological indicators that are preserved in frozen ground, and joined two AWI expeditions to north-east Siberia to study seasonal Arctic freshwater ecology.
In 2014, Andrea shifted focus from the terrestrial Arctic to the seafloor offshore western Svalbard for her PhD at the Centre for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment and Climate (CAGE) located at UiT The Arctic University of Tromsø (Norway). She joined for several research cruises and her work reveals episodes of methane release from the seafloor. Andrea spent a part of her time teaching and has extensive fieldwork experience in terrestrial and marine polar environments in summer and winter.
Andrea joined the Permafrost Young Researchers Network (PYRN) in 2012 as a member of the Executive Committee and helped spreading the news among the frozen ground community. She is now very excited to join the APECS team and is looking forward to support the dynamic community and make ambitious Arctic science ideas in the field and early career researcher training activities happen.