Dr Marie-Fanny Racault

Earth Observation Scientist

Dr Marie-Fanny Racault

Contact Details

+44 (0)1752 633434 (switchboard)

Dr Marie-Fanny Racault is interested in the study of climate-related impact on marine ecosystem resources and the oceanic carbon cycle at regional and global scales.

Her research expertise is in applications of earth observations (in-situ, remote-sensing, modelling), particularly the development and implementation of ecological indicators of the marine ecosystem; the development of phenology algorithms; and the study of phytoplankton seasonality, inter-annual and long-term variability in relation to environmental and climate processes.

Key Projects

• ESA Living Planet Fellowship on the Climate Impact on Marine Ecosystem State CLIMARECOS (2015-2017)
• Work Package on the evaluation of the ocean-colour archive CZCS for global scale climate-related studies in ESA OC-CCI Phase 2 http://www.esa-oceancolour-cci.org (2014-2015)

Past involvements:

• Work Package on Ecological Indicators in EC FP7 GreenSeas (2011-2014)
• Marine Ecosystem Dynamics and Indicators for North Africa EC FP7 Medina (2012-2014) 
• i-MarNet UK model intercomparison project (2013-2014)
• Europe-Africa Marine Network EC FP7 EAMNet http://www.eamnet.eu/cms/ (2010)
• Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans POGO www.ocean-partners.org/ (2009-2010)

Other Activities

Awards and Funding

• ESA Living Planet Fellowship (2015-2017)
• 1st Prize ESA Bilko Learn Earth Observation LearnEO! lesson http://www.learn-eo.org/lessons/l11/ (2014)
• Early Career Scientist best oral presentation award at the ICES Annual Science Conference in Bergen, Norway (2012)
• Best oral presentation award at the international climate change symposium on “The Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans”, Yeosu Expo, South Korea (2012)
• NSF award to attend the International Graduate Training Course in Antarctic Marine Biology at McMurdo Station, Antarctica (2008)
• British Council “Entente Cordiale" Fellowship to study a MPhil (2005-2006)

Supervision and mentoring:
• Co-advisor MSc student Anne-Hélène Rêve from Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale, Wimereux (France): “Seasonal succession of phytoplankton groups detected from remote sensing observations using the PHYSAT algorithm” (2014).
• External mentor – Co-advisor POGO-SCOR MSc Fellow Joeline Ezekiel from Dar-Es-Salaam University (Tanzania): “Temporal and spatial variations of phytoplankton in Rufiji Delta, in Southern Tanzania, based on ocean colour remote-sensing and in-situ data” (2013).
• External mentor – Advisor EAMNet Post-doctoral Fellow Dr Lazare Akpetou from Centre de Recherches Océanologiques, Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire): “Decadal variability in phytoplankton phenology along the coast of Guinea Large Marine Ecosystem” (2011).

Educational and outreach activities:
• On-line lesson written for the educational resource program of the European Space Agency Learn Earth Observation (ESA LearnEO! Bilko UNESCO program): “Monitoring phytoplankton seasonality: Phenology indices and their importance for coral reef biology”, Feb 2014.
• Skype in the classroom for school children, lesson on "Observing the Oceans", Dec 2013.
• Factsheets on Plankton Indicators, (http://greenseas.eu/webfm_send/172 and http://greenseas.eu/webfm_send/173), Nov 2013.
• GreenSeas Information Video about Plankton Database (http://greenseas.eu/home), Jun 2013.
• Lecturer and organising committee for GreenSeas Summer School on “Global plankton data: ecosystems, monitoring and modelling in an era of global warming”, Cape Town, Jan-Feb 2013
• Teaching assistant: BSc. Marine Biology (University of Portsmouth, UK) in 2005-2006; BSc. Environmental Sciences (University of East-Anglia, UK) in 2007-2009; “Remote-Sensing course” organised by NF-POGO Centre of Excellence (Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences) in Sep 2010.
• Peer-reviewed Journals: Biogeosciences, Geophysical Research Letters, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, Global Change Biology, ICES Journal of Marine Sciences, Journal of Geophysical Research
• National Foundations: Reviews and Evaluation Panel of the National Research Foundation South Africa in 2013; Research Proposal for National Science Foundation USA in 2012.

• Chair “Remote-sensing of the Marine Environment” at Challenger Conference, Plymouth (UK) in 2014.
• Co-chair “Plankton Phenology: drivers, variability and impacts” at Ocean Sciences, Salt Lake City (USA) in 2012.
• Chair “Significance of Earth Observation products” at GreenSeas workshop on Model parameterisation and indicators, CMCC, Bologna (Italy) in 2012.
• Rapporteur “Building an African Ocean and Aquatic System” at 8th International Conference of AARSE, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) in 2010.


Peer-reviewed publications

Racault, M.-F., Raitsos, D.E., Berumen, M. L., Brewin, R.W.J., Platt, T., Sathyendranath, S., and Hoteit, I. (2015) Phytoplankton phenology indices in coral reef ecosystems: application to ocean-colour observations in the Red Sea, Remote Sensing of Environment, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2015.01.019, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0034425715000371

Thomalla, S.J., Racault, M.-F., Swart, S., and Monteiro, P.M.S. (2015) High-resolution view of the spring bloom initiation and net community production in the Subantarctic Southern Ocean using glider data, ICES Journal of Marine Science, doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsv105.

Raitsos, D.E., Yi, X., Platt, T., Racault, M.-F., Brewin, R.J.W., Pradhan, Y.,  Papadopoulos, V., Sathyendranath, S., and S. Hoteit, I. (2015) Monsoon oscillations regulate fertility of the Red Sea, Geophysical Research Letters, doi:10.1002/2014GL062882, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2014GL062882/full

Brewin, R.J.W., Raitsos, D.E., Dall'Olmo, G., Zarokanellos, N., Jackson, T., Racault, M.-F., Boss, E.S., Sathyendranath, S., Jones, B.H., and Hoteit, I. (2015) Regional ocean-colour chlorophyll algorithms for the Red Sea, Remote Sensing of Environment, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2015.04.024.

Agirbas, E., Martinez-Vicente, V., Brewin, R. J.W., Racault, M.-F., Airs, R., and Llewellyn, C. (2015). Temporal changes in total and size-fractioned chlorophyll-a in surface waters of three provinces in the Atlantic Ocean (September to November) between 2003 and 2010. Journal of Marine Systems, doi:10.1016/j.jmarsys.2015.05.008.

Kwiatkowski, L., Yool, A., Allen, J.I., Anderson, T.R., Barciela, R., Buitenhuis, E.T., Butenschön, M., Enright, C., Halloran, P.R., Le Quéré, C., de Mora, L., Racault, M.-F., Sinha, B., Totterdell, I.J., and Cox, P.M. (2015) iMarNet: an ocean biogeochemistry model intercomparison project, Biogeosciences, doi:10.5194/bg-11-7291-2014, http://www.biogeosciences.net/11/7291/2014/bg-11-7291-2014.pdf

Racault, M.-F., Sathyendranath, S., and Platt, T. (2014) Impact of missing data on the estimation of ecological indicators from satellite ocean-colour time-series. Remote Sensing of Environment, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2014.05.016.

Racault, M.-F., Platt, T., Sathyendranath, S., Ağirbaș, E., Martinez Vicente, V., and Brewin, R.W.J. (2014). Plankton indicators and ocean observing systems: support to the marine ecosystem state assessment. Journal of Plankton Research, 36: 621 – 629, doi:10.1093/plankt/fbu016, http://plankt.oxfordjournals.org/content/36/3/621.short

Land, P., Shutler, J., Platt, T., and Racault, M.-F., (2014). A novel method to retrieve oceanic phenology from satellite data in the presence of data gaps. Ecological Indicators, 37: 67–80, doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2013.10.008.

Tett, P., Gowen, R., Painting, S., Elliott, M., Foster, R., Mills, D., Bresnan, E., Capuzzo, E., Fernandes, T., Foden, J., Geider, R., Gilpin, L., Huxham, M., McQuatters-Gollop, A., Malcolm, S., Saux Picart, S., Platt, T., Racault, M.-F., Sathyendranath, S., and Wilkinson, M. (2013). A framework for understanding marine ecosystem health. Marine Ecology Progress Series, doi:10.3354/meps10539.

Alvain S., Le Quéré, C., Bopp, L., Racault, M.-F., Beaugrand, G.P., Dessailly, D., and Buitenhuis, E.T. (2013). Rapid climatic driven shifts of diatoms at high latitudes, Remote Sensing of Environment, 132, 195-201, doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2013.01.014.

Racault, M.-F., Le Quéré, C., Buitenhuis, E., Sathyendranath, S., and Platt, T. (2012) Phytoplankton phenology in the global ocean. Ecological indicators, 14, 152-163. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2011.07.010.

Silberfeld, T., Racault, M.-F., Fletcher, R.L., Couloux, A., Rousseau, F. and De Reviers, B. (2011) Systematics and evolutionary history of pyrenoid bearing taxa in brown algae (Phaeophyceae), European Journal of Phycology, 46, 362-378.

Racault, M.-F., Fletcher, R.L., Reviers de B., Cho, G.Y., Boo, S.M., Parente, M.I. and Rousseau, F. (2009) Molecular phylogeny of the brown algal genus Petrospongium Nägeli ex Kützing (Phaeophyceae) with evidence for Petrospongiaceae fam. nov., Cryptogamie, Algologie, 30, 111-123.

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