Charlotte Haugk (ESR8)

Charlotte graduated from the University of Potsdam in Germany with a Masters in Earth Science. Her interest for permafrost science was initially sparked when attending a permafrost field course at UNiS in Svalbard and she has been passionate about it ever since. She did her master’s thesis at Alfred-Wegener-Institute of Polar and Marine Science (AWI) in Potsdam. Under the supervision of Dr. Jens Strauss and Prof. Dr. Guido Grosse and with association to the CACOON project (Changing Arctic Carbon Cycle in the coastal near-shore) Charlotte was investigating 2 datasets at the land to ocean interface for her masters project: i) terrestrial permafrost samples were analysed for lipid biomarkers and ii) a transect of water samples are analysed for nitrogen compounds and their isotopic composition. The focus was on permafrost organic matter characteristics and implications for the nearshore biogeochemistry at the land to ocean interface in the Lena Delta, Siberia. Charlotte  continues to investigate biogeochemical properties of permafrost with a PhD at Stockholm University as part of the GmosTrain project focussing on mercury release from thawing permafrost. Charlotte has been involved in several science communication projects such as co-organizing workshops series “Make permafrost great again” for high school students and co-managing social media activities of the Nunataryuk project. She is a member of the current PYRN ExCom. Charlotte is especially interested in outreach activities and aspires to be a researcher contributing to meaningful and productive research that will increase our overall understanding of the dynamic processes of Arctic environments and help to address current problems in a changing world.

Project title: Release of mercury from thawing permafrost

Supervisor: Dr. Sofi Jonsson (SU)

Co-supervisors: K. Gårdfeldt (SPRS) and D. Kocman (JSI)

Hosting institution: Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

Enrolment in Doctoral degree: Stockholm University, Sweden

Contact information: charlotte.haugk@gmx.net

Saeed Waqar Ali (ESR9)

Mercury has been a primary focus of my previous work, some of which were undertaken as part of the mercury research group in Pakistan to estimate mercury exposure in the workplace and from the use of mercury containing products for the ratification of Minamata Convention on Mercury.

I did M.Phil. in Environmental Science from Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad and during my dissertation, I studied the spatial and historical atmospheric mercury trends in the northern and mid-range regions of Pakistan using tree rings, a project that was done in collaboration with Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. The aim was to study the influence of global Hg atmospheric cycling as well as local Hg emission sources on the remote and mid-range regions of Pakistan.

When I learned about the GMOS-Train project, I immediately realized its relevance to my previous study on tree rings which was also based on the exchange of Hg between forest canopies and the atmosphere. I knew that this is an ideal opportunity for me to expand my understanding of the underlying mechanisms of the inter-compartmental exchanges and that this project will play a key role in enhancing my scientific knowledge on the topic.

The investigation of terrestrial Hg pools and intercompartmental exchanges with atmosphere and aquatic systems as part of the GMOS-Train project at the Jožef Stefan Institute will be a step toward a better understanding of the role of vegetation in the global Hg biogeochemical cycling.

Project Title: Terrestrial Hg pools inter-compartmental exchanges

Supervisor: Dr. David Kocman (JSI)

Co-supervisors: M. Horvat (JSI), E. Sunderland (Harvard), S. Jonsson (SU)

Hosting institution: JSI, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Enrolment in Doctoral degree: Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School – JSIPS, Slovenia

Contact information: waqarpamiri65@gmail.com

Prasad Shelke (ESR12)

Prasad graduated from Department of Atmospheric and Space Sciences, SPPU, India with a masters in Atmospheric Science. His main area of expertise is Ocean-Atmosphere Interaction. He completed his research for masters thesis at Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune under the supervision of Dr. M. M. Ali and Prof. P. Pradeepkumar. His masters thesis based on the Predictability of Indian Summer Monsoon using Ocean Mean Temperature of Pacific Ocean. In his research work, he performed different experiments showing efficiency of Ocean heat content and subsurface ocean characteristics from Pacific Ocean for improving prediction skills of Indian Summer Monsoon. He also completed research internship at IITM. In his research activities for internship, he developed several algorithms to study applications of Ocean Mean Temperature for Monsoon and Cyclone studies.

During his research activities he developed an interest in Regional Modeling for Weather Research and Forecasting. Apart from Academics, he is an Athelete, Dancer and a writer too. He used to cherish his extra-curriculum with all such activities.

His research in GMOS-TRAIN project will contribute towards quantifying impact of oceanic sources on the regional Mercury budget. Prasad looks forward to a long-term career in the field of Mercury research.

Project title: Regional 3D atmosphere  and ocean models to quantify the impact of oceanic sources on the regional Hg budget.

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Nicola Pirrone (CNR-IIA)

Co-supervisors: I. M.Hedgecock (CNR), V.Matthias (HZG)

Hosting institution: CNR-IIA, Rome, Italy

Enrolment in Doctoral degree: Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School – JSIPS, Slovenia

Contact information: prasadr1909@gmail.com