Since the last newsletter ESR6, Isabel García Arévalo, participated in various data acquisition and career development activities.

She joined the CAMELIA-5 campaign following a transect downstream of the Loire River to the Loire estuary to investigate trace metal and nutrient dynamics during the low-flow period. The 5 CAMELIA campaigns have been taking place since 2012 during different seasons and flow regimes.

As part of the secondment plan and international collaboration, she continued the analysis of the samples from the phytoplankton mercury uptake experiments for two months at Stockholm University. Additionally, alongside Sonja Gindorf (ESR7), they developed an experiment to follow up the sorption and desorption of mercury from organic-rich non-living particles.

Her next secondment included modelling training at Hamburg for 1 month during Hereon’s Winter School on modelling & Hackathon.

As part of dissemination and networking activities, she participated in the mercury special session during Goldschmidt 2023 with a poster and an online oral presentation for the ICMGP 2022. Moreover, following the overarching goal of the GMOS-train project, she joined the GMOS crew at the Minamata Convention COP-5 presenting the advances of the Marine mercury dynamics work package during the GMOS-train Knowledge Lab.

Lastly, she was able to establish a collaboration network with research institutes and universities from Ecuador to reinforce mercury monitoring along the coast with possibilities to expand to other regions of Ecuador.

Finally, all these activities were mixed with work at the desk, lots of writing, getting her first paper accepted, and finishing her dissertation in the next months.