During the last year Natalia Torres Rodriguez (our ESR 4) has spent most of her time in the lab analyzing the seawater samples collected in cruises all around the world. From the Southern Indian Ocean to the Caribbean and even in the deep waters of the Mid-Atlantic ridge. With more than 2000 samples analyzed for total mercury and more than 1700 samples for methylmercury our ESR 4 has earned the title of the seawater mercury queen. With most of the datasets complete Natalia is ready to jump into the third year of the PhD, which will be focused in organizing and publishing the data. We are all looking forward to reading her manuscripts with all this exciting new mercury data!

In the picture Caesar (the ICPMS) and Cleopatra (the GC) ready for starting methylmercury analyses.