About Us

Amina Schartup is an Assistant Professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO). Before joining SIO in 2019, Amina was a Research Associate at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Amina was also a 2017-2019 AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the NSF Office of Polar Program–Arctic Section, where she developed a federal guidance document on pursuing ethical research in the Arctic

Hannah Adams' early trace metal experience has come from work done at Texas A&M University, where she completed an NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates project aimed at analyzing heavy metal in time series sediment samples in Galveston Bay, TX. With this project, she analyzed a variety of trace metals (Fe, Cu, Cd, Zn, Mn, As, Sb, Hg, Cr) and learned about their roles in the environment as nutrients and/or toxins. This project sparked her interest in trace metals, and she eventually came across the field of mercury biogeochemistry. She is fascinated by the chemical processes that mercury undergoes in the environment and the analytical complexity of analyzing environmental samples for mercury content. For her doctoral research, she will explore the mechanisms of methylation and demethylation, what drives the speciation of mercury in the environment, and how these findings affect the global mercury biogeochemical cycle through the use of models.


Teddy Vincent is a graduate from the University of Georgia, where he studied Applied Mathematics. He has conducted research modeling marine-oil aggregates in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and is one of the founders of UGA's Carbon Offset program. His primary research interests involve modeling biogeochemical systems and particle flux. In his free time, Teddy enjoys hiking, running, and writing. 


Cathryn Sephus is a graduate from the University of Arizona, where she earned a minor in Astronomical Studies and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Molecular and Cellular Biology. An alumnus of the Arizona/NASA Space Grant Program, her previous research has focused on understanding prebiotic chemistry and early origins of life on Earth. For her PhD, she is interested in exploring the interconnected biogeochemical cycles of mercury and trace elements from a global scale down to microscopic processes. In her free time, Cathryn likes to travel, bike, play her viola, and ice skate.


Iris Kübler-Dudgeon is a UC San Diego undergraduate majoring in Mathematics, Applied Science with the sciences of Chemistry and Oceanography. She grew up in Southern California, but spends part of each year on an island in the Gulf of Maine, where she has previously been a part of the Swans Island Long Term Research in Environmental Biology. Iris joined the Schartup Lab through the California Current Ecosystem Long Term Ecological Research Program REU. At UCSD Iris plays on the Dragon Coalition Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team.


Ana Carrick-Gonzales is a UC San Diego undergraduate majoring in Environmental Systems Science: Environmental Chemistry and minoring in Marine Sciences. She became a member of the Schartup Lab through the McNair Scholars program at UCSD. In the Summer of 2019 Ana attended the Global Environmental Microbiology program held at USC’s Wrigley Institute. Here, she grew fascinated with microbes' vital roles in biogeochemical cycling and the need to study how they are adapting to the changing climate. After her undergraduate studies, Ana plans to pursue a doctoral degree and follow her passion of studying Climate Change, analyzing how anthropogenic input is adversely affecting environmental processes. Beyond her studies, Ana enjoys listening to music, baking, and spending time at the barn riding her horse. 

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