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Affiliation and Location: Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research, Potsdam, Germany

Email: Franziska.Pausch(at)

Bio: Franziska is a marine biologist, specialised in the ecology and biogeochemistry of Southern Ocean phytoplankton. In February 2021, she starts her work as a part-time APECS project officer in the EU Horizon 2020 project ARICE (Arctic Research Icebreaker Consortium) and supports the APECS International Directorate Office in administrative tasks.

As part of her Master's degree, Franziska did a student research project at the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) and had the chance to join an interdisciplinary research expedition on RRS James Cook expedition crossing the Atlantic. In her Master’s thesis, she worked on the effects of iron and manganese co-limitation on Antarctic phytoplankton species. Franziska continued focussing on the effects of climate change on phytoplankton communities for her PhD thesis, partly carried out on a RV Polarstern expedition to the Southern Ocean.

Franziska was part of the AWI PhD students’ team representing and promoting their interests. Since Franziska has a great passion for science communication, she is a co-founder of AWIs4Future, a regional group of Scientists for Future. Within AWIs4Future she is active in the organisation and moderation of a YouTube channel dedicated to science communication and outreach, especially topics connected to climate change. As part of the AWIs4Future core team, she won the AWI prize for science communication 2020.

Franziska is looking forward to contributing her knowledge to the coordination of APECS tasks in the ARICE project and to promote the activities of APECS.

Photo by Kerstin Rolfes, AWI

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