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Dr Astrid Fischer

  • Plankton Analyst and OBON Programme Officer

Astrid works as a Plankton Analyst and as the Ocean Biomolecular Observing Network (OBON) Programme Officer. Astrid first started in 2005 and she has been involved in many tasks within the CPR Survey including plankton analysis, climate change research, molecular analysis and sample curation. Astrid has held a number of posts across a variety of partnerships and organisations, including the Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP), the Partnership of the Global Oceans (POGO) and has also assisted with the development of a national zooplankton quality assurance scheme: NE Atlantic Marine Biological Quality Control Scheme

Astrid holds a PhD in chemistry from Delft University of Technology. In her current role she provides support for OBON, an endorsed UN Ocean Decade programme, overseen by POGO. OBON aspires to increase our understanding of the oceans by looking at biomolecules, such as DNA, and will bring together scientists from all over the world to generate an image of how stressors such as pollution, climate change and human impacts have an impact on our marine and human environment. 

In her spare time, Astrid is the Company Secretary for the South Hill Association for Renewable Energy. She cares about the environment and believes it is important to share knowledge and address climate change. 

Selected Publications

M Leinen, F Chavez, R Meyer, P L Buttigieg, N Davies, R Casotti, A Fischer (2022). The Ocean Biomolecular Observing Network (OBON). Marine Technology Society Journal.

W Courtene-Jones, N J Clark, A Fischer, N S Smith, R C Thompson (2022). Chapter 12. Ingestion of microplastics by marine animals. In: Plastic and the Oceans (Ed. Anthony Andrady), Wiley Ltd.

R Stern, S K Moore, V L Trainer, B D Bill, A Fischer, S Batten (2018). Spatial and temporal patterns of Pseudo-nitzschia genetic diversity in the North Pacific Ocean from Continuous Plankton Recorder surveys. Marine Ecology Progress Series.



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