Bénédicte Ferré (UiT – The Arctic University of Norway) is the leader of EMAN7, responsible for cruises and partner in the water column group (WP3). Team leader for the research group Gas in the Water column at the Centre for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment and Climate (CAGE), she is responsible for the development, acquisition and data analysis related to the seafloor observatory K-lander. She has a background in physical oceanography and specialized in methane seeps and technology to measure dissolved and non-dissolved methane gas. 

Giuliana Panieri (UiT – The Arctic University of Norway) is a Professor at the Department of Geosciences and researcher at CAGE; Center for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment and Climate. She holds an Adjunct position at WHOI, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (USA).  Giuliana is interested in investigating extreme environments (methane and gas hydrate settings, and hydrothermal vents) using micropaleontology and geochemistry. Her primary interest is using foraminifera to infer timing and magnitude of past CH4 emission events together with climate and oceanographic histories. In the project EMAN 7, she is co-leading the WP2: Sub-sea and seafloor characterization and leading the WP 4: Biological response where she will reconstruct past methane activities through analyses of AOM biomarkers, and foraminifera stable isotopes geochemistry.  


Claudio Argentino (UiT – The Arctic University of Norway) is a researcher at the Centre for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment and Climate (CAGE) of The Arctic University of Norway (UiT).  Claudio’s research interests include the sediment biogeochemistry of deep-sea extreme environments, i.e. hydrocarbon seeps and hydrothermal vents, and marine ecosystems affected by antropogenic activities. Claudio is expert in sediment and pore fluid geochemistry and isotope geochemistry (C, N, O, S, Sr).  Claudio works in the WP4 to reconstruct past methane emissions and associated acidification and collaborates with WP2 to link seafloor habitats to subsurface diagenetic processes. 

Muhammed Fatih Sert (UiT – The Arctic University of Norway) is PhD candidate and Researcher at CAGE, and has a background in chemistry, chemical oceanography and marine biogeochemical cycles. He is studying the effect of methane release into oceanic carbon cycles and related biogeochemical processes. In EMAN7, he leads WP3 – Water column characterization.


Knut Ola Dølven (UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, postdoc fellow) 


Thibaut Barreyre (University of Bergen) 

Tina Kutti (IMR) 

Samuel Rastrick (IMR) leads the Biological Response WP. His research uses physiology to explain the ecological distribution, both temporal and spatial, of species important to both ecosystem function and services. Examining how changes in biodiversity and ecosystem function relates to the physiological tolerances and energetic trade-offs within species. He has investigated the effects of other seeps sites on the physiology and ecology of benthic organisms in the Mediterranean, Japan, and the Caribbean. With the PhD student Jorge Corrales Guerrero he is developing traditionally laboratory-based methods for use in the field. Investigating the metabolic responses of benthic invertebrates across natural environmental gradients at the Hola reef aggregation.

Jorge Corrales Guerrero (IMR, PhD candidate) is a marine ecologist with previous experience in coral ecophysiology, associated biodiversity and climate change impacts. He is working as a PhD student at the Institute of Marine Resources (IMR) in Bergen. Together with his supervisors Samuel Rastrick, Tina Kutti, and Melissa Chierici, they are investigating the effects of CH4 seeps in cold-water coral reefs, studying macrobenthic community changes and the physiological responses of ecosystem engineer species in the area. Furthermore, they are looking to find a natural analogue on how deep-sea reefs may be affected by future climate change.