Dr Astrid Fischer

Plankton Analyst



Having worked in marine science for over 20 years, I have a keen interest in the impacts of climate change on our oceans, and how we can mitigate further impacts. I have worked as a plankton analyst at the Continuous Plankton Recorder survey and looked at changes in the base of the food chain. I have helped to set up the Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership, developed new quality control systems for the identification of plankton and epibiota with the North Atlantic Marine Biological Analytical Quality Control scheme, and looked at the impacts of plastic pollution. In my current role I provide support for the Ocean Biomolecular Observation Network (OBON) UN Decade programme, overseen by the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO). OBON aspires to increase our understanding of the oceans by looking at biomolecules, such as DNA, and will bring together scientists from all over the world to generate an image of how stressors such as pollution, climate change and human impacts have an impact on our marine and human environment.