Personal profile


My research ranges from microbial physiology to Earth system science on timescales from hours to decades. To allow this wide range of relevant processes to be integrated, I am building a global ocean biogeochemical model that is based on plankton functional types (a Dynamic Green Ocean Model). To keep this model realistic and allow extrapolation into climate change scenarios, I place strong emphasis on data-synthesis of observations to derive model equations, estimate parameters and to evaluate the results. Moreover, I incorporate known physical mechanisms and ecological relationships as additional constraints. To make use of developments in this range of research fields, I instigate and participate in many UK and international collaborations.


•    Research Officer (staff) at UEA 2007-present
•    SRA (post-doc) at UEA 2005-2007
•    post-doc at Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany 2001-2005
•    post-doc Institute of Aquatic Ecology, University of Girona, Spain, 1998-1999
•    PhD researcher at Netherlands Institute of Sea Research 1993-1998

Key Research Interests

Integrating physiological observations of marine (micro-)organisms into descriptions of Plankton Functional Types (PFTs); modelling the role of PFTs in global ocean biogeochemical cycles (PlankTOM models).

Teaching Interests

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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