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Honorary Reader, University of East Anglia

Phil has mostly worked for the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC, now part of UK Research and Innovation), based at UEA as a programme Science Coordinator. His main expertise is in ocean biogeochemistry and global climate change - and what we can do about it.

Recent activities have included national coordination of the UK Ocean Acidification research programme, the Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry programme, and the UK Greenhouse Gas Removal programme, all with co-funding between one or more Research Councils and government departments. Phil has been a lead author for UN reports on climate geoengineering, ocean fertilization and ocean acidification, and for the IPCC Special Report on Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate.

Phil has given many media interviews on climate change, and his wide-ranging publications have achieved more then 3,100 citations.


  • 2013–2017
    Science Coordinator for NERC-Defra Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry research programme, University of East Anglia
  • 2010–2015
    Science Coordinator for NERC-Defra-DECC Ocean Acidification research programme, University of East Anglia
  • 2008–2012
    Science Coordinator for NERC Surface Ocean-Lower Atmosphere Study, University of East Anglia
  • 2007–2012
    Science Coordinator for Oceans 2025 research programme , University of East Anglia


  • 1975 
    University of Portsmouth/CNAA, PhD
  • 1972 
    University of Durham, MSc
  • 1971 
    University of Cambridge, BA, MA


  • 2016
    Scrutinize CO2 removal methods, Nature
  • 2016
    Take the time and effort to correct misinformation, Nature
  • 2016
    Update on climate geoengineering in relation to the Convention on Biological Diversity, CBD Technical Series
  • 2016
    Key aspects of climate engineering on biodiversity and ecosystems, with priorities for future research, Journal of Integrative Environmental Science
  • 2015
    Introduction to special issue on ocean acidification: the pathway from science to policy, Oceanography
  • 2015
    Transdisciplinary science: a path to understanding the impacts of ocean acidification on ecosystems, Oceanography
  • 2014
    An updated synthesis on the impacts of oceabn acidification on marine biodiversity, CBD Technical Series
  • 2013
    Impacts of ocean acidification, Marine Climatre Change Impacts Partnership: Annual Review
  • 2012
    Ocean acidification in a geoengineering context, Phil Trans Roy Soc A
  • 2012
    Geoengineering in relation to the Convention on Biological Diversity, CBD Technical Series
  • 2012
    Ocean fertilization for geoengineering: a review of effectiveness, environmentalimpacts and emerging governance, Process Safety & Environmental Protection


IChemE Hutchison medal; Honorary Life Member of Challenger Society for Marine Science

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