Volume 24 - December 21, 2009 - Noteworthy Information

Introducing Rainer Amon - From the Gulf Stream to the Arctic

bridges vol. 23, October 2009 / News from the Network: Austrian Researchers Abroad

By Juliet M.  Beverly

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Rainer_Amon_small.jpgRainer Amon

Rainer Amon spent a good portion of his childhood on a farm while growing up in Obervellach, Austria, where Amon, now an associate professor of marine science and oceanography in the Department of Marine Science at Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG), got his first examples of "real life biology." "I think spending the better part of my growing up on a farm had a big impact on what I chose for my career," said Amon, describing the happy days of his childhood - going to school, then coming home and playing outside with friends or one of his four siblings until it was time for dinner. Although all the real life experience led Amon to a career in biology, a couple of opportunities crossed his path for marine biology. These would eventfully land him in Texas - The Lone Star State - where he concentrates on biogeochemical fluxes in aquatic environments, the global carbon cycle, and interdisciplinary research in Arctic Oceanography.

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