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Research interests:

Plankton Ecology and Biogeochemistry
Marine Productivity and Ecosystems
Elemental cycling in the ocean, including nutrient cycling and the Biological Carbon Pump

Career history:

2017 – present: Associate Professsor, The Lyell Centre, Heriot-Watt University
2016-2017: Principal Reseacher: Plankton Ecology and Biogeochemistry, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
2014-2017: Sub-group Research Lead: Carbon and Nutrient Dynamics, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
2012-2016: Senior Research Fellow, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
2009-2011: NERC Research Fellow, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
2007-2008: Self-employed Plankton indentification (contracts: British Antarctic Survey, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton)
2002-2006: PDRA on the Atlantic Meridional Transect (AMT) programme, University of Southampton
1998-2002: PhD Biological Oceanography, University of Southampton
1996-1998: Research Associate / Technician, Port Erin Marine Laboratory, University of Liverpool
1993-1996L BSc (Hons.) Marine Biology, Port Erin Marine Laboratory, University of Liverpool

Active research projects:

2017-2021 (Co-I): Sustainable Oceans, Livelihoods and food Security Through Increased Capacity in Ecosystem research in the Western Indian Ocean (SOLSTICE-WIO), GCRF funded, https://www.solstice-wio.org/

2017-2022 (Co-I): Controls over Ocean Mesopelagic Interior Carbon Storage (COMICS), Pelagic Biogeochemistry work package lead, NERC Large Grant, https://www.comics.ac.uk/

Recent publications:

Mayers KMJ, Poulton AJ, Bidle K, Thamatrakoln K, Schieler B, Giering SLC, Wells SR, Tarran GA, Mayor D, Johnson M, Riebesell U, Larsen A, Vardi A, Harvey EL (2020). Possession of coccoliths fails to deter micro-zooplankton grazers. Frontiers of Marine Science, 7, 569896

Gibbs SJ, Bown PR, Ward BA, Alvarez SA, Kim H, Ridgwell A, Archontikis O, Sauterey B, Poulton AJ, Wilson J (2020). Algal plankton turn to hunting to survive and recover from end-Cretaceous impact darkness. Science Advances, 6.