Robert Johnson

PhD student

UTAS- Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies

University of Tasmania

Phone: 0437 645 248
Researcher ID: E-7321-2012
Supervisors: Peter Strutton

Thesis Title

Effects of Climate Change on Phytoplankton Primary Production and Chemotaxonomy in Southern Ocean and Antarctic Ecosystems.


Robert started his research project at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), at the University of Tasmania, in February 2011. The core focus of his PhD is the use and assimilation of a long term,  (>10 years and continuing), biological and oceanographic dataset from the Southern Ocean. His primary interests are in bio-optics, primary production, phytoplankton physiology and bridging the gap between small-scale phytoplankton biology and broad-scale oceanography.

Robert is a multi-disciplined biological oceanographer whose Southern Ocean and Antarctic phytoplankton expertise is founded upon several Antarctic and Southern Ocean expeditions, a Masters of Antarctic science and almost three years experience as a phytoplankton/microbial technician with the Australian Antarctic Division. His specialties and experience are in phytoplankton photo-physiology, primary production, phytoplankton pigments and high latitude remote sensing.

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