Furu Mienis, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research

After finishing a PhD studying environmental conditions that influence cold-water coral growth and reef formation, Furu Mienis is currently working as a tenure track scientist in the Department of Ocean Systems at the NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research. The main focus of her research is to study near-bed environmental constraints that influence often vulnerable deep-sea ecosystems, like cold-water corals and sponge reefs. Besides reef systems her research focuses on the study of submarine canyons and their role in transport of carbon. To measure the near-bed environmental conditions and particle transport she uses in situ instrumentation, so called benthic landers, which can measure daily-seasonal variability of environmental conditions in the deep-sea.