I am a PhD student. My work looks at the microscopic life that lives in the sea – the phytoplankton. Phytoplankton are the small microscopic plants responsible for almost half the photosynthesis and primary production on our planet. Through photosynthesis these tiny organisms produce oxygen and soak up carbon in every body of water on earth. Consider that the oxygen in every second breath we take comes from phytoplankton and their vital importance to our everyday lives and the health of the planet becomes apparent.
My interest in phytoplankton is founded upon my research during several Antarctic and Southern Ocean expeditions, a Masters of Antarctic Science and almost 3 years’ experience as a phytoplankton/microbial technician at the Australian Antarctic Division.
My specialty and experience is in ocean remote sensing, high performance computing, bio-optics, and bridging the gap between small-scale and broad-scale oceanography.
I commenced my PhD research at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), at the University of Tasmania, in February 2011. The central focus of my work is the use and assimilation of a long term, that is >10 years and continuing, biological and oceanographic dataset from the Southern Ocean south of Australia. My current work is the development of regional satellite algorithms specifically tuned for the Southern Ocean. Through this work we are gaining unique insights that have never before been possible into how and why the Southern Ocean is biologically and optically different. We are beginning to developed robust and highly accurate methods to capture this uniqueness at the synoptic scale.
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