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Professor Trevor Platt FRS

PML Professorial Fellow

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Professor Trevor Platt is a Professorial Fellow at PML.

His research interests include: the physiological ecology of marine phytoplankton; thermodynamics of open-ocean ecosystems; the influence of physical structure of the marine environment on populations living within it; submarine optics; size structure of marine communities; remote sensing of ocean colour; the ocean carbon cycle and climate change, and the ecological approach to fisheries management.



Pathways Of Dispersal for Cholera And Solution Tools (PODCAST)

Contact: Dr Marie-Fanny Racault

Image courtesy of the World Health Organization.Focusing on the northern Indian Ocean, a multidisciplinary team of scientists from India, Japan and...


Rehabilitation of Vibrio-infested waters of Lake Vembanad, funded under the India-UK Water Quality programme (REVIVAL)

Contact: Dr Shubha Sathyendranath

Lake Vembanad is the largest body of water in Kerala, India, stretching almost 100km in length and spanning an area of over 2000km2. Its shores are...

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Other key projects

Dynamical assignment of boundaries of ecological provinces by remote sensing

Ecological indicators from space

Models for the estimation of primary production 

Selected key publications

Bouman HA, Nakane T, Oka K, Nakata K, Kurita K, Sathyendranath S, Platt T. 2010. Environmental controls on phytoplankton production in coastal ecosystems: A case study from Tokyo Bay. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science, 87(1), 63-72.

Platt T, Sathyendranath S, White GN, Fuentes-Yaco C, Zhai L, Devred E, Tang C. 2010. Diagnostic properties of phytoplankton time series from remote sensing. Estuaries and Coasts, 33(2), 428-439.

Zhai L, Platt T, Tang C, Sathyendranath S, Fuentes-Yaco C, Devred E, Wu YS. 2010. Seasonal and geographic variations in phytoplankton losses from the mixed layer on the Northwest Atlantic Shelf. Journal of Marine Systems, 80(1-2), 36-46.

Koeller P, Fuentes-Yaco C, Platt T, Sathyendranath S, Richards A, Ouellet P, Orr D, Skuladottir U, Wieland K, Savard L, Aschan M. 2009. basin-scale coherence in phenology of shrimps and phytoplankton in the North Atlantic Ocean. Science, 324(5928), 791-793.

Platt T, White GN, Zhai L, Sathyendranath S, Roy S. 2009. The phenology of phytoplankton blooms: Ecosystem indicators from remote sensing. Ecological Modelling, 220(21), 3057-3069.

Sathyendranath S, Stuart V, Nair A, Oka K, Nakane T, Bouman H, Forget MH, Maass H, Platt T. 2009. Carbon-to-chlorophyll ratio and growth rate of phytoplankton in the sea. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 383, 73-84.

Nair A, Sathyendranath S, Platt T, Morales J, Stuart V, Forget MH, Devred E, Bouman H. 2008. Remote sensing of phytoplankton functional types. Remote Sensing of the Environment, 112(8), 3366-3375.

Platt T, Sathyendranath S. 2008. Ecological indicators for the pelagic zone of the ocean from remote sensing. Remote Sensing of the Environment, 112(8), 3426-3436.

Wu YS, Platt T, Tang CCL, Sathyendranath S. 2008. Regional differences in the timing of the spring bloom in the Labrador Sea. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 355, 9-20.

Devred E, Sathyendranath S, Platt T. 2007. Delineation of ecological provinces using ocean colour radiometry. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 346, 1-13.

Rusch DB, Halpern AL, Sutton G, Heidelberg KB, Williamson S, Yooseph S, Wu DY, Eisen JA, Hoffman JM, Remington K, Beeson K, Tran B, Smith H, Baden-Tillson H, Stewart C, Thorpe J, Freeman J, Andrews-Pfannkoch C, Venter JE, Li K, Kravitz S, Heidelberg JF, Utterback T, Rogers YH, Falcon LI, Souza V, Bonilla-Rosso G, Eguiarte LE, Karl DM, Sathyendranath S, Platt T, Bermingham E, Gallardo V, Tamayo-Castillo G, Ferrari MR, Strausberg RL, Nealson K, Friedman R, Frazier M, Venter JC. 2007. The Sorcerer II global ocean sampling expedition: Northwest Atlantic through Eastern Tropical Pacific. PLOS Biology, 5(3), 398-431.