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Associate Professor in Physical Oceanography, University of Plymouth

Phil Hosegood is an observational physical oceanographer with more than 20 years experience in collecting and interpreting measurements from a diverse range of dynamic regimes in the marine environment. He has authored more than 30 peer-reviewed publications and more than 40 conference abstracts. Phil obtained his PhD cum laude from Utrecht University after studying the processes that drive enhanced turbulent mixing over continental slopes.

He then spent two years working at the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington, Seattle, studying the influence of submesoscale processes on the oceanic surface mixed layer. Since his appointment at Plymouth University Phil has received numerous research grants, several as Principal Investigator, to investigate the near coastal shelf sea environment, exchange processes at the continental shelf, upper ocean submesoscale dynamics, and the implications of oceanographic processes on the regional ecosystem in the Chagos archipelago, Indian Ocean.

He has participated in several ocean-going cruises and led JR311 aboard the RRS James Clark Ross during which his team made the first purposeful measurements of submesoscales in the Southern Ocean.

At present, Phil's research focusses on the role played by physical oceanographic processes in shaping the marine ecosystem throughout the tropical Indian Ocean. Phil is currently a member of, and previously led, the Marine Physics Research Group that brings together scientists within the university that have a common interest in understanding the physics that influence the dynamics and physical properties of the marine environment.


  • –present
    Associate Professor in Physical Oceanography, University of Plymouth