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Dr Sophie Seeyave

POGO Chief Executive Officer

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+44 (0)1752 633100 (switchboard)


Dr. Sophie Seeyave is the Executive Director of the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO), which has its Secretariat hosted by PML. She has been working for POGO since 2010, initially as Scientific Coordinator, then as Assistant Director and, since October 2014, as Executive Director.

Her scientific background is in phytoplankton ecology, with a PhD on the nitrogen nutrition of Harmful Algal Blooms in upwelling systems, from the University of Southampton. Prior to that, she was involved in the CROZEX project (CROZet natural iron bloom and EXport experiment). Her focus was on primary production, photosynthetic pigments and photosynthesis versus irradiance (PvsE) during a 12-week expedition in the area surrounding the Crozet Islands in the Southern Ocean.

Since 2009, she has been involved in scientific project management, initially working for the Surface Ocean Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS) based at the University of East Anglia, UK. Her current role involves leadership and delivery of the POGO programme, including scientific projects such as the International Quiet Ocean Experiment (IQOE), as well as capacity building programme and outreach/communications. She works closely with the members of POGO, who are the directors of major oceanographic institutions around the world, in particular running the POGO annual meetings in close cooperation with the Chair and local hosts. She also represents the programme at the international level, collaborating with the directors of other relevant international organisations (e.g. SCOR, GOOS/IOC, IODE, GEO, European Marine Board). She is also responsible for maintaining/updating POGO’s legal status, oversight of POGO finances and grant applications/management.

Selected key publications

Seeyave S, Probyn T, Álvarez-Salgado XA, Figueiras FG, Purdie DA, Barton ED, Lucas M (2013). Nitrogen uptake of phytoplankton assemblages under contrasting upwelling and downwelling conditions: The Ría de Vigo, NW Iberia. Est. Coast. Shelf Sci. 124: 1-12.

Boyd IL, Frisk G, Urban E, Tyack P, Ausubel J, Seeyave S, Cato D, Southall B, Weise M, Andrew R, Akamatsu T, Dekeling R, Erbe C, Farmer D, Gentry R, Gross T, Hawkins A, Li F, Metcalf K, Miller JH, Moretti D, Rodrigo C, Shinke T (2011). An International Quiet Ocean Experiment. Oceanogr 24:174–181.

Kudela RM, Seeyave S, Cochlan, WP (2010). The role of nutrients in regulation and promotion of harmful algal blooms in upwelling systems. Prog Oceanogr 85: 122-135.

Seeyave S, Probyn TA, Pitcher GC, Lucas MI, Purdie DA (2009) Nitrogen nutrition in assemblages dominated by Pseudo-nitzschia spp., Alexandrium catenella and Dinophysis acuminata off the west coast of South Africa. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 379: 91-107.

Pollard RT, Salter I, Sanders RJ, Lucas MI, Moore CM, Mills R, Allen JT, Baker AR, Bakker DCE, Charette MA, Fielding S, Fones GR, French M, Hickman AE, Holland RJ, Hughes JA, Jickells TD, Lampitt RS, Morris PJ, Nédélec FH, Nielsdóttir M, Planquette H, Popova EE, Poulton AJ, Read JF, Seeyave S, Smith T, Stinchcombe M, Taylor S, Thomalla S, Venables HJ, Williamson R, Zubkov MV (2009) Southern Ocean deep-water carbon export enhanced by natural iron fertilization. Nature 457: 577-580

Lampitt RS, Sanders R, Saw K, Boorman B, Turnewitsch R, Brown L, Lucas MI, Seeyave S, Thomalla SJ, Salter I (2008) Particle export from the euphotic zone: Estimates using a novel drifting sediment trap, 234Thorium and new production. Deep-Sea Res I 55: 1484-1502

Seeyave S, Lucas MI, Moore CM, Poulton AJ (2007) Phytoplankton productivity and community structure in the vicinity of the Crozet Plateau during austral summer 2004/2005. Deep-Sea Res II 54: 2020-2044

Fielding S, Ward P, Poulton AJ, Pollard RT, Seeyave S, Read JF, Hughes JA, Smith T, Castellani C (2007) Community structure and grazing impact of mesozooplankton during the spring/ early summer 2004/2005 in the vicinity of the Crozet Islands (Southern Ocean). Deep-Sea Res II 54: 2106-2125

Lucas MI, Seeyave S, Sanders R, Moore CM, Williamson R (2007) Nitrogen uptake responses to a naturally Fe-fertilised phytoplankton bloom during the 2004/5 CROZEX study. Deep-Sea Res II 54: 2138-2173

Moore CM, Seeyave S, Hickman AE, Allen JT, Lucas MI, Planquette HF, Pollard RT, Poulton AJ (2007) Iron-light interactions during the CROZet natural iron bloom and EXport Experiment (CROZEX) I: phytoplankton growth and photophysiology. Deep-Sea Res II 54: 2045-2065

Moore CM, Hickman AE, Poulton AJ, Seeyave S, Lucas MI (2007) Iron-light interactions during the CROZet natural iron bloom and EXport experiment (CROZEX) II: taxonomic responses and elemental stoichiometry. Deep-Sea Res II 54: 2066-2084

Poulton AJ, Moore CM, Seeyave S, Lucas MI, Fielding S, Ward P (2007) Phytoplankton community composition around the Crozet Plateau, with emphasis on diatoms and Phaeocystis. Deep-Sea Res II 54: 2085-2105

Sanders R, Morris PJ, Stinchcombe MC, Seeyave S, Venables HJ, Lucas MI (2007) New production and the ƒ-ratio around the Crozet Plateau in austral summer 2004/5 diagnosed from seasonal changes in inorganic nutrient levels. Deep-Sea Res II 54: 2191-2207

Other activities

Links to further information on specialist area or projects:

POGO website
Blue Planet website
NF-POGO Alumni Network for Oceans (NANO) website