Dr. Anja Studer - Research Interests

My main research interests evolve around the evolution of Earth’s climate over the last ~3 million years, with an emphasis on glacial/interglacial and deglacial timescales. I use geochemical analyses on marine sediment cores to reconstruct past nutrient availability, biological productivity, and sea-surface temperatures to gain insight into the coupling between the ocean and the atmosphere and their role in modulating atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations. In particular, I have further developed a technique to measure the nitrogen isotope composition of organic matter preserved within siliceous microfossil shells (diatoms) to reconstruct nutrient cycling in the polar oceans.

Education and Professional Experience

  • Apr 2018 - present: Research Associate, Department of Environmental Sciences, Biogeochemistry Group, University of Basel, Switzerland
  • Oct 2015 – Mar 2018: Research Associate, Climate Geochemistry Department, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany
  • Mar 2015 – Sept 2015: Research Associate, Geological Institute, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Jun 2013 – Feb 2015: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Geosciences Department, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA
  • 2009 – 2013: PhD Candidate, Geological Institute, ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Thesis: “Plio-Pleistocene nutrient consumption in the polar oceans reconstructed from diatom-bound nitrogen isotopes”
  • 2009 – 2012 (3 months/yr): Visiting Scientist at Princeton University, USA
  • 2006 – 2008: MSc in Earth Sciences, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2003 – 2006: BSc in Earth Sciences, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Dr. Anja Studer

Dr. Anja Studer