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Dr Luca Polimene

Marine Ecosystem Modeller

Contact Details

+44 (0)1752 633100 (switchboard)


Dr Luca Polimene is a senior 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.

Luca’s research at PML is mainly devoted to the development of models representing physiological and biogeochemical processes across the planktonic food web. 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. Luca is currently principal investigator in one NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) (UK) grant (NE/N001974/1) and Co-Investigator in the NERC-UK nitrogen osmolytes project (NE/M003361/1), the UK Earth System Model (NE/N018036/1) and LOCATE (NE/N018087/1) projects. During his career, Luca has supervised two BSc, two masters and two PhD students.


Changing Arctic Carbon cycle in the cOastal Ocean Near-shore (CACOON)

Contact: Dr Ricardo Torres

The Arctic Ocean is a rapidly changing environment, with rising temperatures leading to an ongoing decline in sea ice and shifting conditions for...

Microbial Carbon Pump
Microbial carbon pump in a changing ocean: building models for the future

Contact: Dr Luca Polimene

This project will conduct laboratory experiments to provide the physiological information and understanding needed to develop the first ever model...

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Other key projects

  • NERC National Capability (NC) in sustained observation and marine modelling

Selected key publications

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Other activities

  • Chair of the PML Seminar Series Committee