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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Professor Nicholas R Bates BSc, MSc, PhD

Professor of Ocean Biogeochemistry

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Professor Nicholas R Bates is Professor of Ocean Biogeochemistry within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

My research is focused on understanding the global ocean carbon cycle, and the impacts of changing ocean chemistry and biogeochemistry

I am a part-time professor in Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Southampton. I am based at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Science (BIOS) in Bermuda where I am Senior Research Scientist and Associate Director of Research.

Research interests

My scientific research is focused on the ocean carbon cycle, marine biogeochemistry and ocean acidification. This also includes studies of the following: ocean biogeochemical cycling of carbon, nitrogen and dissolved organic matter; physical and biological processes influencing ocean-atmosphere gas exchange of carbon dioxide (CO2); coupling between ocean biogeochemical processes and climate variability; ocean carbon cycling in the Arctic Ocean and the surrounding polar shelf seas; and influence of ocean acidification on coral reefs and calcifying organisms.

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Affiliate research group: Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences

Research group

Marine Biogeochemistry

My university responsibilities include committee and service work and synergistic national and international advisory efforts for guiding future ocean biogeochemistry research. It also includes graduate student mentorship and committee service, as well as intensive course teaching. My university responsibilities are synergistic and complimentary to my research, and service contributions at BIOS. This is mostly focused on US ocean biogeochemistry research, but also includes participation with US federal agency scientific steering groups (SSG), IPCC contributions and more recently acting as the IOC representative on SSG for the 3rd International Symposium on the Effects of Climate Change on the Worlds Ocean to be held in Sao Paulo in 2015.

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I will be teaching a three week intensive graduate course on the ocean carbon cycle and ocean biogeochemistry in early 2015.

Professor Nicholas R Bates
Ocean and Earth Science
National Oceanography Centre Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
European Way
Southampton SO14 3ZH

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