Candidate for Member at Large: Joana Barcelos e Ramos

Joana Barcelos e Ramos

PhD. 2009 (Natural Sciences, Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel, Germany)

Biographical Information

I received a Licentiatura (5 year degree) from the University of the Azores, and Ph.D. in Natural Sciences from Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel / GEOMAR, Germany. After the PhD, I moved back to the University of the Azores where I have stayed since.

I am a biologist focused on the marine realm, addressing the effects of global change on marine phytoplankton and bacteria. Recently my line of investigation evolved to also consider the potential impact of carbon removal strategies, such as ocean alkalinity enhancement on natural microbial communities, using the Azores as a laboratory for the characterization of communities occurring in mostly oligotrophic waters.

Being in the middle of the Atlantic, it is natural to work with scientists from both sides of the Atlantic, north (location) and south (result of the historical connections of Portugal with South America and Africa). This opens opportunities to work with scientists with different cultures and approaches, enriching the projects, but also the ability to incorporate differences in a productive common ground. Finally, living in a high/mid-income country I am aware of the difficulties encountered by scientists in terms of publication fees and conference attendance.

Candidate Statement

As a scientist situated in an outermost region, I believe that I could bring a supplementary perspective to a Member-at-Large. Collaborations and partnerships are crucial when doing science in a small country, and especially from an island in the middle of the Atlantic. I have been working with marine phytoplankton since 2003. First in the Azores, then at the IMCS-USA, and GEOMAR-Germany. Additionally, I also had the opportunity to participate in five big international experiments, namely PeECE III (2005) in Bergen, and three cruises in the Baltic Sea (2006, 2007 and 2008), in which it was planned to evaluate the effects of global change on distinct phytoplankton communities, and a Kosmos experiment in Helgoland to test ocean alkalinity enhancement. These experiments together with the TENATSO (Tropical Eastern North Atlantic Time-Series Observatory) coordination from 2008 to 2009 were very enriching scientifically, but also enhanced my soft skills, teaching me about working with people from various countries with different approaches and points of view. These skills might be very useful in the Committee.

Finally, coming from a small location, I know the importance of working together defending one’s point of view while keeping open to others' perspectives. This, I think, is a relevant attribute in a committee. I hope you consider that I can be useful for the Committee, considering my high interest in volunteering with Aslo activities, my area of research and my experience working with scientists from distinct backgrounds.

It would be my honor to serve as ASLO’s Member-at-Large.

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