Amina Schartup, Ph.D.

Oceanographer and Biogeochemist, University of California, San Diego (Scripps Institution of Oceanography)

Amina Schartup is an oceanographer and biogeochemist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO)-University of California, San Diego. She studies trace metals cycling and speciation in the environment, biota and food systems. Her research integrates field, experimental, and modeling work; she conducts all three in house to generate data for model evaluation or test hypotheses in models before designing field campaigns and experiments. Before joining SIO in 2019 as an assistant professor, Schartup was a research associate at the Harvard University School of Public Health and the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. There, she developed an interest in human health and policy and decided to join the National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Polar Program-Arctic Section as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow. At the NSF, Schartup worked on a range of geoscience and social science topics such as community resilience, infrastructure building in extreme arctic environments, and the impact of permafrost thaw. She also developed a federal guidance document on pursuing ethical research in the Arctic. Schartup is a recipient of the 2020 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship and the 2020 Early-Career Research Fellowship by the National Academies Gulf Research Program.

Before coming to the United States to begin her doctoral research in oceanography at the University of Connecticut, Amina Schartup lived in Azerbaijan, Mauritania, Mali and France. She received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Paris Descartes University and a master’s degree in geochemistry from the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris.

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