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.
Science Coordinator for NERC-Defra Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry research programme, University of East Anglia
Science Coordinator for NERC-Defra-DECC Ocean Acidification research programme, University of East Anglia
Science Coordinator for NERC Surface Ocean-Lower Atmosphere Study, University of East Anglia
Science Coordinator for Oceans 2025 research programme , University of East Anglia
University of Portsmouth/CNAA, PhD
University of Durham, MSc
University of Cambridge, BA, MA
Scrutinize CO2 removal methods, Nature
Take the time and effort to correct misinformation, Nature
Update on climate geoengineering in relation to the Convention on Biological Diversity, CBD Technical Series
Key aspects of climate engineering on biodiversity and ecosystems, with priorities for future research, Journal of Integrative Environmental Science
Introduction to special issue on ocean acidification: the pathway from science to policy, Oceanography
Transdisciplinary science: a path to understanding the impacts of ocean acidification on ecosystems, Oceanography
An updated synthesis on the impacts of oceabn acidification on marine biodiversity, CBD Technical Series