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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Dr Ben Ward BSc, MSc, PhD

Research Fellow (Royal Society)

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Dr Ben Ward is a Royal Society Research Fellow within Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Southampton.

2002: BSc Biological Sciences, King’s College London
2004: MSc Oceanography, University of Southampton
2009: PhD Oceanography, University of Southampton
2009-2012: Research Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2012-2014: Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow, École Normale Supérieure, Paris
2014-2015: LabexMER International Fellow, Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer, Brest
2015-2017: Senior Research Scientist, University of Bristol
2018-present: Royal Society Research Fellow, University of Southampton

Research interests

  • Marine plankton ecology
  • Theoretical ecology

My research is directed towards a mechanistic understanding of marine plankton communities. Such systems are highly complex, with global impacts determined by the interaction of innumerable microscopic individuals. It is impossible to identify and describe each individual component, and so I have sought to develop models that capture the key physiological and ecological rules of organisation. Rather than asking "Who are the important players in the marine ecosystem, and what do they do?", I prefer to ask "How do fundamental microbial traits dictate large-scale ecosystem function?".

Research project:

  • Quantifying the Impacts of Trophic Diversity in Marine Ecosystems 
  • micro-ARC

Research group

Marine Biogeochemistry

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