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The University of Southampton
Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton
(023) 8059 6110

Professor Toby Tyrrell BSc, MSc, PhD

Professor in Earth System Science

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Professor Toby Tyrrell is Professor in Earth System Science within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

BSc Civil Engineering, Southampton University (1988)
MSc Artificial Intelligence, Edinburgh University (1989)
PhD Edinburgh University (1993)

Fellow of the Challenger Society for Marine Science
Member of the American Geophysical Union
Fellow of the Geological Society

Research interests

Specialism: Biogeochemical Cycles

  • How organisms interact with their environments
  • Ocean biogeochemistry, both modern and through Earth history
  • Ocean chemical changes during extreme events in Earth’s ancient past (for instance at the E/O and K/T boundaries)
  • Marine cycles of N, P, C, Si
  • Ecology of phytoplankton, particularly coccolithophores
  • Ocean acidification
  • Controls on biogenic element distributions in the sea, whether from ecological competition between phytoplankton functional groups or from other causes
  • How Earth stayed habitable for 3 billion years

PhD Supervision

Dunuhinge Amavi Nimesha Silva, Alice Booth, Jacob HarperDaniela Sturm, David Stappard

Research group

Marine Biogeochemistry

Research project(s)

Swire NOCS Ocean Monitoring System (SNOMS)

Head of INSPIRE recruitment
Head of GSNOCS recruitment
Scientific Advisory Board of the Alfred Wegener Institute

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Book Chapters


Coordinator of SOES3011/6007 Biogeochemical Cycles in the Earth System
Coordinator of SOES3042/6025 Computational Data Analysis

Professor Toby Tyrrell
Ocean and Earth Science
National Oceanography Centre Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
European Way
Southampton SO14 3ZH

Room Number : NOCS/164/05

Facsimile: (023) 8059 3059

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