David Cervantes

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Curriculum Vitae

In November 2017, I joined the Marine Research in Developing Countries group at Havforskningsinstituttet. My primary responsibility is to manage the then newly introduced CTD water chemistry lab aboard RV Dr. Fridtjof Nansen to ensure that high quality data is produced when working with other countries. My responsibilities include training foreign expedition participants on chemical analyses and sampling for various parameters such as pH, total alkalinity, chlorophyll a, dissolved oxygen, salinity and nutrients. I am also involved in rewriting protocols, testing new methods, modifying data processing sheets, quality assurance, producing survey reports, installing and maintaining instruments and attempting to create an at sea environment where participants are able to take advantage and learn from the resources that are available from our joint cooperation. As my time with Havforskningsinstituttet grows, I plan to get more involved with research publications in addition to increasing my experience in the plankton lab aboard RV Dr. Fridtjof Nansen to add to the growing team of plankton technicians and supporters for our group. 

Before joining Havforskningsinstituttet, I worked as a technician at Scripps Institution of Oceanography under the ocean carbon chemistry lab of Dr. Andrew Dickson and the Oceanographic Data Facility (ODF) chemistry lab for Shipboard Technical Support. For Dr. Dickson's lab that specialised in CO2 measurements in seawater (dissolved inorganic carbon, total alkalinity, pH), I was the chief analyst overseeing all lab sample analyses, which consisted of sample processing organisation, quality control assurance, experiment formulating, personnel training, instrument preparation and maintenance, data analyses and data presentations.
During my time with ODF, we specialised in dissolved nutrient (nitrate, nitrite, phosphate, silicate, ammonium), dissolved oxygen, and conductivity-based salinity analyses in seawater as well as rosette assembly and maintenance. I decided to switch to ODF to broaden my experience and knowledge in the oceanographic analytical field, while still doing field work on research cruises.
From 2013 to 2017, I spent over 340 days out at sea on research cruises for the US Global Ocean Ship-Based Hydrographic Investigations Program (GO-SHIP) and CLIVAR. During these cruises, I sampled various hydrographic equipment for various seawater parameters (DIC, AT, pH, nutrients, oxygen, salinity, POC, HPLC), performed on-board continuous chemical analyses of seawater (AT, pH, nutrients), performed continuous statistical data analyses and processing, created cruise reports, assembled various analytical instruments, assembled sampling equipment and performed routine testing, maintenance and preventative checks for instrumental quality assurance. While acting as Dr. Dickson’s cruise manager, I took charge of organising the lab’s shipping, logistics, preparations and personnel before, during and after cruises for all of our measurements to ensure high quality work from beginning to end.
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