Ana Aguilar-Islas

Ana Aguilar-Islas

Associate Professor
Associate Dean of Academic Programs

Chemical Oceanography

College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
131 O'Neill Building
Fairbanks, AK 99775

Office Hours

Monday & Wednesday
1:30–3:00 pm
131 O'Neill


University of California Santa Cruz
Ph.D. Oceanography

University of California Santa Cruz
B.S. Chemistry


Curriculum Vitae




Selected Publications

Kandel, A., and Aguilar-Islas, A., 2021. Spatial and temporal variability of dissolved aluminum and manganese in surface waters of the northern Gulf of Alaska. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 189-190.

Jensen, L.T., Lanning, N.T., Marsay, C.M., Buck, C., Aguilar-Islas, A.M., Rember, R., Landing, W.M., Sherrell, R.M., Fitzsimmons, J.N., 2021. Biogeochemical Cycling of Colloidal Trace Metals in the Arctic Cryosphere. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 126-8.

Bolt, C., Aguilar-Islas, A., and Rember. R., 2020. Particulate trace metals in Arctic snow, sea ice, and underlying surface waters during the 2015 US Western Arctic GEOTRACES Cruise GN01. ACS Earth and Space Chemistry.

Kadko, D., A. Aguilar-Islas, C.S. Buck, J.N. Fitzsimmons, W.M. Landing, A. Shiller, C.P. Till, K.W. Bruland, E.A. Boyle, and R.F. Anderson. 2020. Sources, fluxes and residence times of trace elements measured during the U.S. GEOTRACES East Pacific Zonal Transect. Marine Chemistry 222.

Conway, T.M., D.S. Hamilton, R.U. Shelley, A.M. Aguilar-Islas, W.M. Landing, N.M. Mahowald, and S.G. John. 2019. Tracing and constraining anthropogenic aerosol iron fluxes to the North Atlantic Ocean using iron isotopes. Nature Communications 10.


  • Marine Chemistry
  • Trace metal marine biogeochemistry
  • Analytical methods for determination of trace metals in seawater


Research Overview

My research encompasses the marine biogeochemistry of trace metals with particular emphasis on high-latitude regions. A combination of field and laboratory studies are used to understand how different physical, chemical and biological processes regulate trace metal speciation and distribution in the open ocean and coastal regions, and how these in turn affect the ecosystem. I am also interested in the cycling of trace metals in sea ice.




MSL F111 The Oceans
MSL 425/625 Subarctic Oceanography Field Course
MSL463/663 Chemical Coastal Processes
MSL F461/F660 Chemical Oceanography