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Tamara Baumberger

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Science/Data Team
NRC Postdoc
NOAA/PMEL

Tell us about your work / research. What kinds of things do you do?

I am a marine geochemist working with hydrothermal fluids and gases. I am specialized in characterising fluids and gases released during hydrothermal venting and submarine volcanic eruptions to provide insights into their origin and interactions with rock and sediment. To do so, I bring specially designed gas-tight samplers at sea and collect samples from gases coming out of the seafloor. Once back at home I use a high-vacum line to get the sample out of the bottles and to extract the gases I want analyse later in different the shore-based laboratories. My main working areas are the Mariana back-arc and the Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge. During this cruise I will use the gas-tight samplers to collect gases emitted from cold methane seeps. 

What sparked your initial interest in your career?

I just really always loved nature and I am fascinated by volcanoes since I was little. After I have seen pictures from Iceland in elementary school, I never forgot about the Mid-Ocean Ridge again. 

Who influenced you or encouraged you the most?

Nobody, really only volcanoes. 

What element of your work / study do you think is the most fascinating?

The most fascinating part is certainly to be part of scientific expeditions to all the different Oceans and waters. To visit and study active submarine vents and volcanoes never looses its attraction. In addition I get to know so many different parts of the worlds.

What other jobs led you to your current career?

I started with Earth Science and am now a marine geochemist. Pretty straight forward I would say. 

What are your degrees and certifications?

Diploma of Earth Sciences and PhD in natural sciences at ETH Zürich in Switzerland.

What are your hobbies?

I love basically all outdoor activities. 

What advice would you give someone who wants to have a career like yours?

If you want to do it, go do it!