Annie Kandel

Annie Kandel

M.S. Student

Chemical Oceanography


2120 Koyukuk Dr.
335 Irving II
Fairbanks, AK 99775
akandel@alaska.edu

 

Education

Bates College
B.S. Chemistry
2018

 

Thesis

Spatial and temporal variability of dissolved aluminum and manganese in surface waters of the northern gulf of Alaska

 

 

 

 

Biography

I am originally from Pelham, Massachusetts, and did my bachelor's in chemistry at Bates College (Lewiston, Maine). My undergraduate thesis was in inorganic chemistry investigating lead-free titanate perovskites, and I also have experience working in geology and biology labs. I have always been interested in oceanography but have not had the chance to study it formally until I moved to Fairbanks in 2018, and it has been a great experience.

 

Specialties

  • Trace metal sampling and analysis

 

Research Overview

Aluminum (Al), manganese (Mn), and iron (Fe) are trace metals whose main source in the Gulf of Alaska is freshwater input. In this region freshwater input is closely related to glacial melt and experiences strong seasonal patterns with peak melt season occurring in the late summer. Thus Al and Mn concentrations exhibit a wide range of concentrations that vary temporally based on season, and spatially depending on currents and locations of freshwater sources. Iron is an essential micronutrient that can limit primary production while Al and Mn are less biologically active, so quantifying Al and Mn can help provide insight into Fe fluxes into the system. My thesis focuses on analyzing samples from 2018 and 2019 cruises for Al and Mn.

 

Current research projects

 

Awards / Honors

  • Graduated magna cum laude, 2018

 

Student Internships

  • ACS Scholars program, summer 2017