Professor David Thomas

My main academic interests include: Antarctic, Arctic and Baltic sea ice ecology & biogeochemistry; Role of dissolved organic matter in aquatic systems and land-ocean transitions; Inorganic nutrients & phytoplankton primary production; Industrial-scale microalgal biomass production & utilisation; Seaweed & halophyte ecology & physiology; Conveying science to non-specialist audiences; Connections between science & art.
My work is international in scope (worked & lived - apart from UK - in Germany for 7 years; Finland for 2.5 years; Denmark 10 months; Israel for 6 months).



Since the award of my PhD in 1988 I have:

  • Participated in 14 research-cruises of between 2 weeks and 3 months: Southern Ocean (6), Arctic (2), North Sea (5) & North East Atlantic (1).
  • I have conducted other fieldwork in the Baltic Sea (Finland & Sweden), Red Sea (Israel & Egypt) & White Sea (Russia), The Philippines, Vietnam & Wales.
  • I have also led teams of between 10 and 20 scientists in 4 large-scale facility ice tank experiments in Hamburg (≈30 days each).

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Challenger AGM 2020

The Challenger AGM - Mon 28th September 2020 at 1200...

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NOC - Net Zero Oceanographic Capability Project

NOC announces an ambitious scoping project....

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Challenger Society 2020 Conference

Conference Postponed until Sept 2021 due to Covid-19 outbreak.

Challenger Society 2020 Conference
at SAMS , Oban
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6th-10th September, 2021
Registration, and Abstract submission is available on the conference website at https://challenger2020.co.uk

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