Andrea Koschinsky is a marine geochemist interested in trace metal processes in marine systems. One of her research foci is trace metal accumulations in marine mineral deposits, such as ferromanganese nodules and crusts. She has studied the formation mechanisms of these deposits, metal enrichment processes, and potential environmental implications of future deep-sea mining for many years and has participated in numerous research cruises in the world’s oceans. She is also engaged in transdisciplinary research combing natural and social science aspects on this topic. In her position as a university professor in Earth and Environmental Sciences, she strives for an education to examine Earth as a system and understand the interconnectedness of different environmental compartments.