Joe Guest

Joe Guest

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Key Research Interests

My research focuses on the intricate relationships between ecosystem structures, seasonality, and their impact on the global carbon cycle.

A large portion of my research is dedicated to understanding how ecosystem structure and seasonality influence carbon export (ocean CO2 sink). In part, this involves contributing to the development of a global ocean carbon model, PlankTOM; by integrating observations and lab data to better understand physical processes such as inorganic carbon dissolution. My research also involves the use of this high-complexity ecosystem model to explore the impact of a changing ecosystem seasonality and structure on the biological carbon pump. 

Beyond this main focus, I have explored a wide range of topics from the representation of ballasting minerals in models to the protection of avian functional types in the Amazon.

Academic Background

My academic background is in biology, ecology and conservation. The focus of my PhD is to better understand the interactions between ecosystem structure and carbon export using a high ecosystem complexity global ocean biogeochemistry model.

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