Jay is a 2nd year PhD student in the Repeta Group at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. On board he will be collecting samples for measurement of trace metal organic ligands (small molecules that complex poorly-soluble-metal-nutrients and keep them in solution). The ocean accounts for half of global photosynthesis, and these metal nutrients could potentially limit growth and function of oceanic
plants, similar to the bucket effect. He wants to answer questions like: What are those ligands? How are they distributed? Who produce/consume them? How fast are they cycled?
He is from China and was lucky to participate in the 2015 Canadian Geotraces Arctic Expedition with the Maldonado Group at UBC. His training benefits immensely from participating in this international project.