Summer School lecturers

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Marie-Fanny Racault is an Earth Observation scientist at PML. Her background is in marine biology. During her PhD, she established the phenology of phytoplankton in the global oceans and investigated its inter-annual and long-term variability  in relation with climatic mode of variability.
Marie’s research interests include interannual/long-term variation in phytoplankton and its impact on the global carbon cycle; influence of climate processes on the lower trophic level; development and implementation of ecological indicators of the pelagic ecosystem; marine science-policy integration and use of remote-sensing observations in support of responsible stewardships of the world oceans. During the summer school, she will be lecturing on remote-sensing observations and indicators of pelagic ecosystems.

Trevor Platt is an oceanographer with many years' experience studying the structure and function of the pelagic ecosystem.  His other interests include international marine science coordination and capacity building. His recent research has dealt with the application of data from visible spectral radiometry (remotely-sensed ocean colour) to problems in biological oceanography and fisheries.



Ingrid Angel-Benavides is an oceanographer at the Institute of Oceanography of the Federal University of Rio Grande (Brazil). She has experience in ocean color remote sensing, in situ bio-optical measurements and validation of satellite products. Her current research is focused on the influence of mesoscale eddies on phytoplankton dynamics.



Howard Waldron (PhD) is Senior Lecturer with interests in   physico-biological oceanography, phytoplankton nutrient dynamics,15Nitrogen uptake and regeneration, carbon sequestration and water quality analyses. He is affilliated with the research programmes  Atlantic Meridional Transect (AMT), Southern Ocean Biogeochemistry, Education and Research, Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observatory, GreenSeas Research Programme – Climate change; Estuarine N and P dynamics; Benguela Ecosystems – Shelf edge exchange processes, -

Richard bellerby is a Senior Researcher and Research Coordinator at the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) and adjunct professor at the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, Uni Research, University of Bergen. His research is on marine elemental cycling using relationships and combined feedbacks from the physical environment (CO2 gas exchange, transport, water mass transformations) with those of biogeochemical (marine stoichiometry, redox) and of biological nature (planktonic systems, energy flow). Through this combined approach it is possible to begin to understand how marine systems will evolve and influence global carbon biogeochemical cycling and thus climate. His approach is to use interpretations of the natural ocean system from ocean going expeditions, in situ observation platforms, ocean models and global datasets; deliberate perturbation experiments, taking the natural ocean out of its contemporary framework, regional coupled physical-chemical-ecosystem and global ocean models.

John Bruun is an Environmental Statistician and Modelling Scientist at Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML).  John holds a strategic role at PML that builds platform of statistical science in our multi-disciplinary marine research work setting. His research interests cover applications of linear & non-linear time series methods in the natural sciences, identifying long & short term climate trends and drivers of the plankton ecosystem,  quantifying risk through extreme value probabilities and quantifying value in global socio-economic settings. John has a 20 year career with an PhD in Theoretical Physics (Lancaster University) analysing the statistical properties of disordered systems. He has substantial experience -over ten years- of developing, lecturing  and applying statistical time series methods in the Environment Sciences research based at Lancaster University. For a further decade - John has been a Global based manager in a commercial Global FMCG team setting, providing
critical value analyses of long & short term trends based on large time series data sets.  A key theme in John's experience is the development of sound model system identification methods / algorithms that provide practical and robust applied solutions to the tasks at hand. 

These methods useful to both evaluate scenarios linked to value and Socio-economic impacts and
future climate driven changes in the environmental & marine sciences.  During the GreenSeas summer school John will explain & demonstrate-with worked case studies-how we utilise our cross-disciplinary knowledge effectively through using appropriate statistical tools so we advance our understanding of how the Atlantic planktonic ecosystem will respond to environmental and climate change.

Marcello Vichi holds a PhD in Marine Ecology and Biogeochemistry and has  more than 10 years experience in marine ecosystem modelling in several  regional seas (Adriatic, Baltic, North Sea), in the Mediterranean and in  the global ocean. He is a researcher at the Istituto Nazionale di  Geofisica e Vulcanologia, working at the Euro-Mediterranean Center on  Climate Changes (CMCC). He has been participating to several European  and Italian research projects dealing with ocean biogeochemical  modelling. He is one of the developers of the Biogeochemical Flux Model  (htpp://, and of the CMCC Earth System Model. His research  interests embrace numerical modelling of coupled physical/biogeochemical  processes in the global ocean, climate change impacts on marine  ecosystems and process studies of biogeochemical interactions in coastal  and shelf seas.