Dr Kirstin Schulz

Postdoctoral researcher, Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI)

I am a postdoctoral researcher based at the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI). I studied Applied Mathematics before I started as a PhD student at the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research in Warnemünde.

I did a lot of turbulence measurements in the Baltic Sea in the context of a very interdisciplinary project about sediment services (e.g. the burial of nutrients and pollutants in the sediment), but my main focus was on turbulence modeling.

After that, I completed two postdoctoral positions at the Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) in Yerseke, where I studied sediment transport in the Wadden Sea, and (a bit different compared to my previous work) the distribution and food supply of cold-water corals in the NE Atlantic.

In the PEANUTS project, I am working on vertical turbulent mixing with regard to nutrient fluxes in the central Arctic. For this purpose, I will conduct microstructure profile measurements of the upper water column during the MOSAiC drift with the research icebreaker Polarstern, to investigate how turbulence affects the primary production in the central Arctic Sea.

PEANUTS is co-funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and by NERC.