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Dr Alex Poulton is an Associate Professor in Biological Oceanography at Heriot Watt University, with over 20 years of experience in marine sciences and specific interests in marine ecology and ocean biogeochemistry. He moved to the Lyell Centre for Earth and Marine Sciences and Technology in Edinburgh in the spring of 2017 after working at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC). Dr Poulton received a PhD in Biological Oceanography from the University of Southampton and held a Natural Environmental Research Council Fellowship (NERC) at NOC. He remained at the NOC as a Senior Researcher and then Principal Researcher, managing a research group examining ocean carbon and nutrient dynamics. He has participated in 18 research cruises, including the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic and Southern oceans. Dr Poulton has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles, acted as a Guest Editor for two special issues in Progress in Oceanography and is currently an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Plankton Research and a member of the NERC peer-review college. His publications reflect his strong research interests in global plankton ecology and aquatic biogeochemistry, specifically the linkages between diversity, primary production, bio-mineralisation, nutrient recycling, elemental stoichiometry, growth, mortality and export. He has worked on several large-scale research projects, including the Atlantic Meridional Transect (AMT), UK Ocean Acidification, and Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry programmes. He is currently working on several new projects, including Controls over Ocean Mesopelagic Interior Carbon Storage (COMICS) and Sustainable Oceans, Livelihoods and food Security Through Increased Capacity in Ecosystem research in the Western Indian Ocean (SOLSTICE-WIO). He likes to pursue novel and innovative science, including new perspectives, addressing various research topics, with the hope of challenging established paradigms and redefining understanding - an example of this is his co-authored papers on the ecology, biogeochemistry and adaptation to climate change of fossilized coccolithophores (what he terms 'swimming with dinosaurs').

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phytoplankton Earth & Environmental Sciences
ocean Earth & Environmental Sciences
diatom Earth & Environmental Sciences
algal bloom Earth & Environmental Sciences
calcification Earth & Environmental Sciences
calcite Agriculture & Biology
Emiliania huxleyi Agriculture & Biology
carbon Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 1999 2019

A compilation of global bio-optical in situ data for ocean-colour satellite applications - Version two

Valente, A., Sathyendranath, S., Brotas, V., Groom, S., Grant, M., Taberner, M., Antoine, D., Arnone, R., Balch, W. M., Barker, K., Barlow, R., Bélanger, S., Berthon, J. F., Besiktepe, S., Borsheim, Y., Bracher, A., Brando, V., Canuti, E., Chavez, F., Cianca, A. & 36 othersClaustre, H., Clementson, L., Crout, R., Frouin, R., Garcia-Soto, C., Gibb, S. W., Gould, R., Hooker, S. B., Kahru, M., Kampel, M., Klein, H., Kratzer, S., Kudela, R., Ledesma, J., Loisel, H., Matrai, P., McKee, D., Mitchell, B. G., Moisan, T., Muller-Karger, F., O'Dowd, L., Ondrusek, M., Platt, T., Poulton, A. J., Repecaud, M., Schroeder, T., Smyth, T., Smythe-Wright, D., Sosik, H. M., Twardowski, M., Vellucci, V., Voss, K., Werdell, J., Wernand, M., Wright, S. & Zibordi, G., 15 Jul 2019, In : Earth System Science Data. 11, 3, p. 1037-1068 32 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
ocean color
quality control
in situ
optical property

Day length as a key factor moderating the response of coccolithophore growth to elevated pCO2

Bretherton, L., Poulton, A. J., Lawson, T., Rukminasari, N., Balestreri, C., Schroeder, D., Moore, C. M. & Suggett, D. J., May 2019, In : Limnology and Oceanography. 64, 3, p. 1284-1296 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Emiliania huxleyi

Dissolution Dominates Silica Cycling in a Shelf Sea Autumn Bloom

Poulton, A. J., Mayers, K. M. J., Daniels, C. J., Stinchcombe, M. C., Woodward, E. M. S., Hopkins, J., Wihsgott, J. U. & Widdicombe, C. E., 28 Jun 2019, In : Geophysical Research Letters. 46, 12, p. 6765-6774 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
shelf sea
algal bloom

Phytoplankton, Calcareous Nanoplankton - The Coccolithophores

Poulton, A. J., 2019, Encyclopedia of Ocean Sciences. Cochran, J. K., Bokuniewicz, H. J. & Yager, P. L. (eds.). 3rd ed. Elsevier, Vol. 1. p. 606-612 (Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Trait-based analysis of subpolar North Atlantic phytoplankton and plastidic ciliate communities using automated flow cytometer

Fragoso, G. M., Poulton, A. J., Pratt, N. J., Johnsen, G. & Purdie, D. A., Jul 2019, In : Limnology and Oceanography. 64, 4, p. 1763-1778 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
light scattering

Activities 2016 2017

  • 2 Editorial activity
  • 1 Consultancy

Progress in Oceanography (Journal)

Alex Poulton (Editorial board member)
2017 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

Progress in Oceanography (Journal)

Alex Poulton (Editorial board member)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity