Dr Luca Polimene

Marine Ecosystem Modeller

Contact Details

+44 (0)1752 633100 (switchboard)

Dr Luca Polimene is a marine ecosystem modeller who has been working at PML since 2008. He started his career at the University of Bologna (Italy) working on the effect of heavy metals on phytoplankton in the framework of his master thesis in marine environmental science. He started to use and develop biogeochemical models in his PhD (University of Bologna) dealing with the dynamics of dissolved organic matter in the north Adriatic Sea.

As a senior scientist, Luca is currently leading the PML model development in terms of the fundamental representation of physiological and biogeochemical processes regarding bacteria, phytoplankton and zooplankton. More specifically, his research activity mainly concerns the modelling of photo-protective and antioxidant compounds production, photo-acclimation, bacteria-dissolved organic matter (DOM) interactions and grazing. He is involved in national and international projects (e.g. FP7 MyOcean, NERC-Shelf Seas Biogeochemistry programme) and has presented his research ats several international conferences. During his career, Luca has supervised two BSc, two masters and one PhD student.


L. Polimene, C. Brunet, M. Butenschön, V. Martinez-Vicente, C. Widdicombe, R. Torres, J.I. Allen (2013) Modelling a light-driven phytoplankton succession. Journal of Plankton Research doi:10.1093/plankt/fbt086

Brunet C, Conversano F, Margiotta F, Dimier C, Polimene L, Tramontano F and Saggiomo V (2013) The role of light and photophysiological properties on phytoplankton succession during the spring bloom in the North Western Mediterranean sea. Advances in Oceanography and Limnology, 4 (1): 1-19.

L. Polimene, C. Brunet, J.I. Allen, M. Butenschön, D.A. White and C.A. Llewellyn (2012) Modelling xanthophyll photoprotective activity in phytoplankton. Journal of Plankton Research,Vol. 34(3):196-207

L. Polimene, S.D. Archer, M. Butenschön, J.I. Allen (2012)
A mechanistic explanation of the Sargasso Sea DMS “Summer Paradox” Biogeochemistry.Vol. 110 :243-255 DOI 10.1007/s10533-011-9674 

Daniel Allan White, Luca Polimene, Carol Anne Llewellyn (2011) Effects of ultraviolet-A radiation and nutrient availability on the cellular composition of photoprotective compounds in Glenodinium Foliaceum (Dinophyceae). Journal of Phycology,Vol. 47(5):1078-1088.DOI:10.1111/j.1529-8817.2011.01046.x

J. I. Allen and L. Polimene (2011) Linking physiology to ecology: toward a new generation of plankton models. Journal of Plankton Research Vol. 33(7): 989-997

L. Polimene, N. Pinardi, M. Zavatarelli, J.I. Allen, M. Giani and M. Vichi (2007). A numerical simulation study of DOC accumulation in the Northern Adriatic Sea. Journal of Geophysical Research 112,C03S20,doi:10.1029/2006JC003529

L. Polimene, N. Pinardi, M. Zavatarelli, S. Colella (2006) The Adriatic Sea ecosystem seasonal cycle: validation of a three dimensional numerical model. Journal of Geophysical Research 111,C03S19,doi:10.1029/2005JC003260 [Printed 112(C3), 2007]

L. Polimene, J.I. Allen, M. Zavatarelli (2006) Model of interactions between dissolved organic carbon and bacteria in marine systems. Aquatic Microbial Ecology Vol. 43:127-138 2.39 11 (12) 90 

C. Misic, M. Giani, P. Povero, L. Polimene, M. Fabiano (2005) Relationships between organic carbon and microbial component in a Tyrrhenian area (Isola del Giglio) affected by mucilage. Science of Total Environment, Vol. 353, 350-359

< Back to staff list