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Dr Sevrine Sailley

Ecosystem modeller

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Sevrine's PhD (2005-2009) focused on microzooplankton grazing and growth rate, as well as their representation in a global ecosystem model (PlankTOM 5 from UEA). The PhD was hosted by both the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI, Germany) as well as University of East Anglia (UEA, UK). She then went on to do a Post-doc (2009-2013) at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI, USA), where she worked within the Palmer LTER program looking at long trends in the Southern Ocean food web, using Palmer time-series and inverse model technique. She also compared the representation of zooplankton in global ecosystem model and how it directs the type of ecosystem behaviour that said model develop (MAREMIP).

As part of the PML modelling group (2013-present) Sevrine is focusing on representation of zooplankton in ecosystem model, more particularly feeding behaviors and/or specialised diet  that can characterise the niche of a zooplankton and its impact on the biogeochemical cycle. This is done by working closely with experimentalist to maintain the realism of the modelled zooplankton. She is also maintaining a keen interest in polar science and food web dynamics.



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Recent publications

  • Atkinson, A; Hill, SL; Pakhomov, EA; Siegel, V; Reiss, CS; Loeb, VJ; Steinberg, DK; Schmidt, K; Tarling, GA; Gerrish, L; Sailley, SF. 2019 Krill (Euphausia superba) distribution contracts southward during rapid regional warming. Nature Climate Change, 9 (2). 142-147.
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  • Atkinson, A; Polimene, L; Fileman, ES; Widdicombe, CE; McEvoy, AJ; Smyth, TJ; Djeghri, N; Sailley, SF; Cornwell, LE. 2018 Comment. What drives plankton seasonality in a stratifying shelf sea? Some competing and complementary theories. Limnology and Oceanography, 63 (6). 2877-2884.
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  • Maar, M; Butenschon, M; Daewel, U; Eggert, A; Fan, W; Hjøllo, SS; Hufnagl, M; Huret, M; Ji, R; Lacroix, G; Peck, MA; Radtke, H; Sailley, SF; Sinerchia, M; Skogen, MD; Travers-Trolet, M; Troost, TA; van de Wolfshaar, K. 2018 Responses of summer phytoplankton biomass to changes in top-down forcing: Insights from comparative modelling. Ecological Modelling, 376. 54-67.
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  • Polimene, L; Sailley, SF; Clark, DR; Mitra, A; Allen, JI. 2017 Biological or Microbial Carbon Pump? The role of phytoplankton stoichiometry in ocean carbon sequestration. Journal of Plankton Research.
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  • Le Quéré, C; Buitenhuis, ET; Moriarty, R; Alvain, S; Aumont, O; Bopp, L; Chollet, S; Enright, C; Franklin, DJ; Geider, RJ; Harrison, SP; Hirst, AG; Larsen, S; Legendre, L; Platt, T; Prentice, IC; Rivkin, RB; Sailley, SF; Sathyendranath, S; Stephens, N; Vogt, M; Vallina, SM. 2016 Role of zooplankton dynamics for Southern Ocean phytoplankton biomass and global biogeochemical cycles. Biogeosciences, 13 (14). 4111-4133.
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  • Butenschon, M; Clark, JR; Aldridge, JN; Allen, JI; Artioli, Y; Blackford, JC; Bruggeman, J; Cazenave, P; Ciavatta, S; Kay, S; Lessin, G; van Leeuwen, S; Van der Molen, J; de Mora, L; Polimene, L; Sailley, SF; Stephens, N; Torres, R. 2016 ERSEM 15.06: a generic model for marine biogeochemistry and the ecosystem dynamics of the lower trophic levels. Geoscientific Model Development, 9 (4). 1293-1339.
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Selected key publications

Ducklow H., Doney S., Sailley S., 2015, Ecological controls on biogeochemical fluxes in the western Antarctic Peninsula studied with an inverse food web model. Advances in Polar Science: 26(2): 122-139

Sailley et al., 2015, Impact of Zooplankton food selectivity on plankton dynamics and nutrient cycling. Journal Plankotn Research doi:10.1093/plankt/fbv020

Polimene L., Mitra A., Sailley S., et al., 2015, Decrease in diatom palatability contributes to bloom formation in the Western English Channel, Progress in Oceanography

D A Siegel, K O Buesseler, S C Doney, S F Sailley, M J Behrenfeld, and P W Boyd. Global assessment of ocean carbon export by combining satellite observations and food-web models. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 03/2014; 28(3).

Ducklow, H.W., W.R. Fraser, M.P. Meredith, S.E. Stammerjohn, S.C. Doney, D.G. Martinson, S.F. Sailley, O.M. Schofield, D.K. Steinberg, H.J. Venables, and C.D. Amsler. 2013. West Antarctic Peninsula: An ice-dependent coastal marine ecosystem in transition. Oceanography 26(3):190–203 T.

Hashioka, M. Vogt, Y. Yamanaka, C. Le Quéré, M. Noguchi Aita, Séverine Alvain, L. Bopp, T. Hirata, I. Lima, S. Sailley, and S. C Doney, 2013, Phytoplankton competition during the spring bloom in four Plankton Functional Type Models. Biogeosciences 11/2013; 10(11):6833-6850.

M Vogt, T Hashioka, M R Payne, E. T. Buitenhuis, C. Le Quéré, S. Alvain, M. N. Aita, L. Bopp, S. C. Doney, T. Hirata, I. Lima, S. Sailley, and Y. Yamanaka, 2013, The distribution, dominance patterns and ecological niches of plankton functional types in Dynamic Green Ocean Models and satellite estimates . Biogeosciences Discussions 01/2013; 10(10):17193-17247

Doney S., Sailley S., 2013, When an ecological regime shift is really just stochastic noise. PNAS, 110(7): 2438-2439 Sailley et al., 2013, Carbon fluxes and pelagic ecosystem dynamics near two western Antarctic Peninsula Adélie penguin colonies: an inverse model approach. MEPS 492:253-272

Sailley et al., 2013, Comparing Food web structures and dynamics across a suite of global marine ecosystem models. Ecological modelling 261-262: 43-57

Buitenhuis E.T., Rivkin R., Sailley S., and Le Quere C. , 2009, Global biogeochemical fluxes through microzooplankton. Global Biogeochemical Cycles doi:10.1029/2009GB003601.