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Hope L. Ianiri, Ph.D.

I am a Research Chemist and Mendenhall postdoctoral fellow at the U.S. Geological Survey, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center. My research investigates sedimentary organic carbon stored in critical marine mineral environments.

My research interests broadly include the marine organic carbon and nitrogen cycles and long-term carbon storage in marine environments. At USGS, my research aims to understand the source and bioavailability of organic carbon sequestered in marine mineral host sediments. This is key to determining how this stored carbon could be impacted by potential disturbances and what implications this could have for benthic communities. To do this, I apply a range of geochemical tools, including elemental, isotopic, spectroscopic, and biomarker analyses.

Professional Experience

  • 2022 - Present: Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow, USGS, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center

  • 2021 - 2022: Geological Analyses Contractor, USGS, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center

  • 2019 - 2021: Academic Cooperation Program Researcher, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

  • 2016 - 2021: Graduate Student Researcher, University of California, Santa Cruz

  • May - Aug 2015: National Science Foundation Undergraduate Research Fellow, Maryland Sea Grant

  • July - Dec 2014: Climate Change and Organic Geochemistry Research Assistant, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

  • Jan - June 2013: Process Development Researcher, Cubist Pharmaceuticals

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D. in Ocean Sciences: 2021, University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

  • B.S. in Chemistry: 2015, Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Honors and Awards

  • Communicating Research Effectively Outreach Award, 2021

  • Dissertation Fellowship (University of California, Santa Cruz), 2020

  • Achievement Reward for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation Fellowship, 2020

  • Certificate in Inclusive Inquiry STEM Education (Institute for Scientist and Engineer Educators), 2019

  • Dr. Earl H. Myers & Ethel M. Myers Oceanographic & Marine Biology Trust Award, 2019

  • Campus Sustainability Plan Grant (University of California, Santa Cruz), 2018

  • Student Research and Education Award (Seymour Marine Discovery Center), 2017

  • Reagents Fellowship (University of California, Santa Cruz), 2016

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2016