Maria Mastalerz received Ph.D. from Silesian Technical University in Poland and did her postdoctoral study at UBC in Canada. She is a senior scientist at the Indiana Geological and Water Survey and Graduate Faculty at the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Indiana University. Her research interests include coal geology, organic matter petrology and geochemistry, shale gas, and CO2 sequestration.
After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Analytical Chemistry, Sebastiaan Rampen started as a laboratory assistant at the Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, working on a project to identify biomarkers in diatom algae. This was followed by a PhD study focussed on long chain diols, and thereafter, he successfully obtained several grants to continue his research on this topic. Currently, he is working at the Geobiology Group of the Georg-August University of Göttingen, Germany.