Rodrigo: Cryptogamic communities in Antarctica and the Amazon

Hey everyone, my name is Rodrigo Alves. I started my Post Master position in the ATTO project in May of 2019. I’m a biologist and graduated from the Federal University of Pampa (Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil). During my studies, I worked with the effect of climate change on plant communities in Antarctica and participated in three Antarctic expeditions. Now, I have the chance to learn more about those effects in the Amazon rainforest.

I’m currently a member of the Group of Bettina Weber at the Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie but I’m stationed in Brazil. We work with cryptogamic communities and their role in bioaerosol and trace gas cycling in the tropical rainforest.

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Leslie: Close-up on single aerosols

Hello everyone, my name is Leslie Kremper and I started my Ph.D. in November of 2018. I’m a biologist and graduated from the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz. During my studies, I already acquired experiences in the field of atmospheric aerosol research and the ATTO project. Enthusiastically, I decided to pursue a career in science and to become part of the research around ATTO. Therefore, I joined the department of Multiphase Chemistry at the Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie in Mainz under the supervision of Christopher Pöhlker and Uli Pöschl.

My current work is focused on the development and application of microspectroscopic techniques on aerosol analysis.

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Debora: Of plants and their VOC emissions

Debora Pinheiro studies VOC emissions in the Amazon

Hello everyone, my name is Debora Pinheiro. I am a newcomer of the ATTO project and started my Ph.D. at INPA earlier this year. I’m a biologist and I love working with plants! As early as during my undergraduate I became fascinated with plant volatile organic compounds (VOC) and their interactions within the Earth System – something I then studied in greater detail during my master’s degree. This made me decided to pursue a career in science. So now I will really be able to focus on understanding VOCs.

I always wanted to work in the Amazon rainforest! It is the largest source of VOCs to the global atmosphere.

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Michelle: Are plant traits correlated with VOC emissions?

I’m Michelle Robin and I am in the first year of a Master’s in Ecology program at the INPA. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and during my undergraduate, I had the opportunity to explore many different fields in biology, from microbiology to herpetology. But plant sciences always fascinated me the most. Fortunately, the university provided me with a great ecological background in all of my projects. This allowed me to grow this sense of curiosity in trying to visualize and understand the patterns behind the organization of life forms.

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