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AlterEco combines the expertise of scientists and engineers to....
National Oceanography Centre (lead)
Matthew Palmer Principal Investigator and Project Leader
Matthew is interested in using ocean gliders as a novel measurement platform and integration of ocean observations and numerical models to better understand our oceans
Russell Wynn Co-Investigator
Prof Russell Wynn is Chief Scientist of Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems (MARS) at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. He will be advising on stakeholder engagement, particularly relating to defence (Dstl) and environment (Defra) interests in marine robotics.
Alexander Beaton Co-Investigator
Robin Pascal Co-Investigator
As Principal Investigator...
Charlotte Williams Researcher
Dr Charlotte Williams is an Oceanographer at the National Oceanography Centre working primarily with NOC’s glider fleet. She is interested in nutrient and oxygen dynamics and fluxes in shelf seas. In Altereco Charlotte will be looking at oxygen depletion and the importance of turbulent mixing, as well as organizing the research cruises and piloting some of the NOC gliders.
University of East Anglia (UEA)
Jan Kaiser Principal Investigator
Prof. Jan Kaiser is Professor of Biogeochemistry at the Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia (UEA). His main research interests extend from the surface ocean to the stratosphere, and focus on the use of gases, aerosols and their isotoplogues to understand present and past biogeochemical and physical processes in the atmosphere and oceans. In AlterEco, he leads the research team at UEA, which is also home to a fleet of six ocean gliders of the Seaglider type.
Karen J. Heywood Co-Investigator
Karen is a Professor of Physical Oceanography at the University of East Anglia. She is a glider enthusiast and leads the UEA glider group in deployments worldwide.
Martin Johnson Co-Investigator
Martin is a marine biogeochemist with active research in nutrient carbon and oxygen cycling in shelf seas, utilising observations and models. He works closely with Cefas and his role in AlterECO spans scientific synthesis and policy communication.
Rob Hall Co-Investigator
Dr Rob Hall. My research is on shelf sea and shelf edge fluid dynamics, with specific interests in internal waves, internal tides, and turbulent mixing. I bring expertise in shelf sea dynamics and Seaglider operations to AlterEco.
Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)
Mark Inall Principal Investigator
Andrew Dale Co-Investigator
Matthew Toberman is a physical oceanographer who's interest lies in the cascade and interaction of spatial scales at work in the ocean. Matthew's PhD investigated the dynamics of and the turbulence associated with very near surface gravity currents and non linear internal waves. Since then Matthew has continued to work on the physics of shelf sea mixing. Matthew's role within ALTERECO to be one of three postdoctoral Researchers, that will deploy gliders, analyze data and disseminate findings.
Estelle Durmont Researcher
Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas)
Jeroen Kooij Principal Investigator
Dr Jeroen van der Kooij specializes in the ecology of pelagic ecosystems, with a focus on characterizing the distribution and abundance of mid-trophic pelagic fish species in relation to the physical, chemical and biological environment. Jeroen is involved in Work Package 2 and is responsible for the deployment of broadband acoustics on the waveglider to map and quantify zooplankton and small pelagic fish during the missions.
Veronique Creach Co-Investigator
David Pearce Co-Investigator
David Pearce is a senior technologist/scientist at Cefas, responsible for the delivery of Cefas’ SmartBuoy, WaveNet, Seabed Lander and Wave Glider operational programmes. As part of the AlterEco project, David is responsible for the integration of an autonomous fisheries acoustics system onto Cefas’ Wave Glider SV3 "Lyra". David will also be leading the preparation and deployment of "Lyra" from RV Cefas Endeavour for the two AlterEco Wave Glider missions.
Sophie Pitois Co-Investigator
Liam Fernand Co-Investigator
Tom Hull Co-Investigator
Tom Hull is the UEA PDRA on sabbatical from Cefas for the duration of ALTERECO supporting the buoyancy glider missions and the wave glider. Tom is a biogeochemical oceanographer interested in air-sea gas exchange, oxygen dynamics, algal fluorescence and primary production.
Naomi Greenwood Co-Investigator
Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML)
Timothy Smyth Principal Investigator
Ben Loveday Co-Investigator
Dr. Ben Loveday is a marine earth observation scientist at Plymouth Marine Laboratory and is bringing his expertise in biophysical oceanography and in situ and satellite data processing to the AlterEco project, to derive glider based estimates of primary productivity in the North Sea.
Angus Atkinson Co-Investigator
Angus Atkinson is a senior plankton ecologist at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory. He will be involved with ground truthing of acoustic data with zooplankton composition and biomass derived from net samples
University of Liverpool (UoL)
Jonathan Sharples Co-Investigator
Claire Mahaffey Co-Investigator
- Marine Scotland (MS)
- UK MetOffice (UKMO)
- Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
- University of Connecticut (UConn)
- Oregon State University (OSU)
- University of Calabar (UC)
- University of Sao Paolo (USP)
- Simrad Kongsberg (Simrad)
Pathways to Impact
Katherine Kennedy Blue Consulting Ltd
Katherine Kennedy is the Director of Blue Ltd. and Strategic Advisor to the Marine Knowledge Exchange Network (MKEN). Katherine is leading Pathways to Impact for AlterECO.
Cansu Bayindirli Blue Consulting Ltd