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University of Alaska Fairbanks

Katrin Iken was born and raised in Germany and came to the US in 1999. She holds a position as Associate Professor in Marine Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Dr. Iken enjoys Alaska with its abundant nature and wildlife. She has always been fascinated with the polar regions.

After spending much of her previous career working in the Antarctic, she now enjoys working in the Arctic regions. So far, she has participated in about 15 research cruises to the Antarctic, the Arctic and the Deep-Sea. Her background is in benthic ecology, especially trophic interactions and food web studies. Dr. Iken will be part of the sea ice team in the Bering Sea Project, in charge of the analysis of stable isotopes to analyze the fate of sea-ice algae within the ice-associates, the pelagic and the benthic food webs.