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Phillip Williamson

NERC Science Coordinator, University of East Anglia

Dr Phil Williamson is the science co-ordinator for the UK Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry research programme, co-funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra).

Williamson has previously been involved in the planning and implementation of research programmes on ocean acidification, ocean-atmosphere interactions, marine productivity and marine and freshwater microbial biodiversity. He has authored reports on climate geoengineering and ocean acidification for the Convention on Biological Diversity, and was a founding co-chair of the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network.


  • 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

  • Norwich, UK
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