Ana Aguilar-Islas

Ana Aguilar-Islas

Associate Professor

Chemical Oceanography

College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
335A Irving II Building
Fairbanks, AK 99775

Office Hours

Monday & Wednesday
1:30–3:00 pm
335A Irving II


University of California Santa Cruz
Ph.D. Oceanography

University of California Santa Cruz
B.S. Chemistry


Curriculum Vitae



Selected Publications

Clark, S.C., J. Granger, A. Mastorakis, A. Aguilar‐Islas, and M.G. Hastings. 2020. An investigation into the origin of nitrate in Arctic sea ice. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 34(2).

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.

Buck, C.S., A. Aguilar-Islas, C. Marsay, D. Kadko, and W.M. Landing. 2019. Trace element concentrations, elemental ratios, and enrichment factors observed in aerosol samples collected during the US GEOTRACES eastern Pacific Ocean transect (GP16). Chemical Geology 511:212–224.

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,

Kadko, D., A. Aguilar-Islas, C. Bolt, C.S. Buck, J.N. Fitzsimmons, L.T. Jensen, W.M. Landing, C.M. Marsay, R. Rember, A.M. Shiller, L.M. Whitmore, and R.F. Anderson. 2019. The residence times of trace elements determined in the surface Arctic Ocean during the 2015 US Arctic GEOTRACES expedition. Marine Chemistry 208:56–69.



  • 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 F213 Introduction to Marine Sciences Lab
MSL463/663 Chemical Coastal Processes
MSL F461/F660 Chemical Oceanography