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Dr Ricardo Torres is a senior scientist at PML. He started his career in physical oceanography in 1991 when he attended the University of Vigo, Spain in order to gain a degree in Ocean Sciences. He then moved to the University of Wales, Bangor, UK where he undertook a PhD (under the supervision of Prof E.D. Barton) on the upper layer dynamics of the Galician Upwelling system. He joined the PML Modelling group in 2002, acquiring expertise in data assimilation, interpreting and modelling marine systems and its relationship with the physical environment.
As a senior scientist at PML he is involved in a diverse range of topics including the modelling and observation of physical-biology interactions at varying time and spatial scales, from basin and meso to microstructure scales. He currently focuses his research in the development of high resolution coupled ecosystem-hydrodynamic models for the estuarine and coastal environment, with particular focus on the impacts of marine renewable energy extraction. His aspiration is to better understand the coastal ocean system and to pursue an integrative knowledge of how the multiple components, processes, and scales fit together. He is still very much interested in the small scale interactions between biology and physics, and pursues novel observational techniques to further our understanding on this complex and exciting topic.
Ricardo has made over 40 presentations and posters and written over 25 project reports. He is involved in PML core programmes, including physical-biological interactions at varying time and spatial scales. He has 36 peer reviewed papers and has participated in 10 international research cruises. He also currently supervises one PhD students.
Contact: Dr Ricardo Torres
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Skakala, J; Smyth, TJ; Torres, R; Buckingham, CE; Brearley, A; Hyder, P; Coward, AC. 2019 SST dynamics at different scales: evaluating the oceanographic model resolution skill to represent SST processes in the Southern Ocean. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018JC014791
Taylor, JR; Bachman, S; Stamper, M; Hosegood, P; Adams, K; Sallee, J-B; Torres, R. 2018 Submesoscale Rossby waves on the Antarctic circumpolar current. Science Advances, 4 (3). https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.aao2824
Browman, HI; Manríquez, PH; Jara, ME; Mardones, ML; Navarro, JM; Torres, R; Lardies, MA; Vargas, CA; Duarte, C; Widdicombe, S; Salisbury, J; Lagos, NA. 2013 Ocean Acidification Disrupts Prey Responses to Predator Cues but Not Net Prey Shell Growth in Concholepas concholepas (loco). PLoS ONE, 8 (7). e68643. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0068643
Hosegood, PJ; Nightingale, PD; Rees, AP; Widdicombe, CE; Woodward, EMS; Clark, DR; Torres, R. 2017 Nutrient pumping by submesoscale circulations in the Mauritanian upwelling system. Progress in Oceanography, 159. 223-236. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pocean.2017.10.004
Torres, R; Cazenave, P; Bruggeman, J; Artioli, Y; Butenschon, M. 2017 Ecosystem modelling in support of Marine Spatial Planning and governance. [Poster] In: 2nd International Conference on Marine Spatial Planning, Paris, 15-17 March 2017. (Unpublished)
Adams, KA; Hosegood, P; Taylor, JR; Sallee, JB; Bachman, S; Torres, R; Stamper, M. 2017 Frontal circulation and submesoscale variability during the formation of a Southern Ocean mesoscale eddy. Journal of Physical Oceanography. null.