A Venezuelan biologist is part of a new NASA mission studying marine ecosystems

In February, NASA will begin its new mission Plankton, aerosol, cloud, marine ecosystem (speed), Its aim will be to study plankton, aerosols, clouds and Earth's ocean ecosystems from space.

Within the PACE team, a Venezuelan scientist: Biologist Laura Lorenzonidegree from Simon Bolivar University (USB) in Caracas, Venezuela.

“I was born and raised in Venezuela” is one of the first phrases he utters when introducing himself on the social networks of the space (and now climate) agency.

Lorenzoni is a scientist Marine Biology and Biochemistry (OBB) Program at NASA Science Operations Directorate.

Land and sea, its main interests

Venezuela holds a degree in biology from USB; He later earned a master's degree and Ph.D. in marine science from the University of South Florida (USA).

Lorenzoni knew he loved space and wanted to become a scientist. However, an aerospace engineering career was not offered in Venezuela, which led her to “explore other worlds without leaving Earth.”

“What draws me to space: the unknowns you can learn. We certainly know more about our moon, and we're on track to know more about Mars than we know about our oceans,” said the Venezuelan biologist. Interview for NASA in Spanish.

Cariago trench to NASA

The scientist did her thesis on remote sensing, which later led her to study Cariago trenchLocated in the state of Sucre in eastern Venezuela, it is considered one of the major anoxic basins on Earth.

From there an opportunity for a master's degree and Ph.D.

He worked on the project for more than a decade CARIACO OCEAN TIME SERIES and is known as a proponent of time series and remote sensing as tools for understanding natural and anthropogenic changes in the ocean.

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