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Dr James Clark

Dr James Clark

Marine Ecosystem Modeller

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Dr James Clark is a senior scientist who works within the Marine Ecosystem Modelling Group at PML. He has a Masters degree in Physics with Astrophysics from the University of York, and a PhD in Environmental Science from the University of East Anglia.

His research interests span a range of topics, including evolutionary adaptation and acclimation in phytoplankton, marine ecology, marine biogeochemistry, marine pollution and machine learning for automatic plankton identification.

He leads the PML modelling group’s work on microplastics and has developed the offline particle tracking model PyLag which can be used to simulate the movement and fate of microplastics in the marine environment, and in particular the coastal ocean. He is also the PML Principle Investigator (PI) for the UK Environmental Predictions project (2017 –). Previously, he was the PI for the Copernicus Climate Change Marine, Coastal and Fisheries Sectoral Information System project (2018 – 2019).

He is Primary Supervisor for two current PhD students and secondary supervisory for two more. His publications since 2015 have received > 1100 citations (h-index 12).

UK National Capability in Marine System Modelling (NERC)

  • Kreft, J.-U., Plugge, C. M., Grimm, V., Prats, C., Leveau, J. H. J., Banitz, T., Baines, S., Clark, J. R., Ros, A., Klapper, I., Topping, C. J., Field, A. J., Schuler, A., Litchman, E., & Hellweger, F. L. Mighty small: Observing and modeling individual microbes becomes big science Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2013, 110, 18027-18028
  • Toseland, A., Daines, S., Clark, J. R,, Kirkham, A., Strauss, J., Uhlig, C., Lenton, T., Valentin, K., Pearson, G., Moulton, V., Mock, T., The impact of temperature on marine phytoplankton resource allocation and metabolism. Nature Climate Change 2013 10.1038 / nclimate1989
  • Clark, J. R., Daines S., Williams, H. T. P., Lenton T. M., 2013. Environmental selection and resource allocation determine spatial patterns in picophytoplankton cell size. Limnology and Oceanography, 58, 1008-1022.
  • Boyle, R. A., Clark, J. R., Poulton, S. W., Shields-Zhou, G., Canfield, D. E., Lenton, T. M., 2013. Nitrogen cycle feedbacks as a control on euxinia in the mid-Proterozoic ocean. Nature Communications, 4, 1533
  • Clark, J. R.,  Daines S., Lenton T. M., Watson A. J., Williams, H. T. P., 2011. Individual-based modelling of adaptation in marine microbial populations using genetically defined physiological parameters. Ecological Modelling. 222(23-24), 3823-3837.  

Recent publications

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