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I completed a Bachelor of Science at the University College of Maastricht and a MSc degree at Wageningen University in Soil Geography and Earth Surface Dynamics. As part of my MSc thesis project, I came to UEA to analyse the iodine speciation in marine aerosol samples.

I then went on to do an internship within an EU-funded project at UEA, called EXC3ITE (EXploring stratospheric Composition, Chemistry, and Circulation using Innovative TEchniques). It involved launching and retrieving balloon-borne sondes, sensors, and AirCores, from which samples were collected and analysed back in the lab for a range of trace gases, including Ozone Depleting Substances. I continued this work as a research associate, expanding it to work on trends and emissions of perfluocarbons in the troposphere, before starting my PhD at UEA.

My current research is on the carbon uptake by sea ice-covered regions in the Arctic and Southern Oceans. The focus is on the mediating impact of sea ice on biogeochemical processes that drive the exchange of carbon dioxide between the surface water and the atmosphere, and the carbon sequestration in the deep ocean. I base my work on observational data collected during marine expeditions to polar regions and data obtained from biogeochemical Argo floats. 

Have a look on Twitter for some updates on my most recent field work at sea! @Elise_Droste13

UEA helped me write a story about our work as part of MOSAiC, which you can read here


  • 2012-2015: University College of Maastricht - Bachelor of Science - Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • 2015-2017: Wageningen University - Master of Science Earth & Environment - Soil Geography and Earth Surface Dynamics
  • 2017-2018: University of East Anglia - Research Associate - EXC3ITE (EXploring stratospheric Composition, Chemistry, and Circulation using Innovative TEchniques)
  • 1 Sept 2018-1 February 2022: University of East Anglia - PhD - EnvEast DTP - Role of Sea Ice on the Carbon Uptake in the Southern Ocean and Arctic Ocean


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