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Dr Tom Trull

Marine Biogeochemist


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I received my PhD in 1989 from the MIT/Woods Hole Joint Program in Oceanography and after a 3-year stint as a postdoc and then junior professor at the University of Paris I joined the newly created Antarctic Cooperative Research Centre in Hobart in 1993.

Over the next two decades, I led bids to renew the ACE CRC and expand its purview into biogeochemistry. This included serving as a founding member of the effort to create the joint CSIRO-UTAS PhD Program in Quantitative Marine Science and serving as its second Director.

I moved from the University of Tasmania to CSIRO in 2013 to focus on developing autonomous observing systems for climate and carbon cycling in the Southern Ocean, as part of leadership of the Integrated Marine Observing System Bluewater Observing Facility and specifically its Southern Ocean Time Series. I also continue to lead the Carbon Program leader in the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC..

My research interests are in marine biogeochemistry, especially uptake of CO2 by the Southern Ocean and its impact of marine foodwebs.

Current Roles

  • Carbon Program Leader, Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (1997-)
    Lead team of 4 principal investigators, 4 postdoctoral fellows and 4 technicians to measure Southern Ocean carbon uptake, ocean acidification, and ocean productivity, especiallly as mediated by iron limitation.

  • Southern Ocean Time Series Facility Leader, Integrated Marine Observing System (2006-)
    Design, construct, deploy and recover autonomous moored sensor systems for climate and carbon cycle science in the Southern Ocean

Academic Qualifications

  • 1982

    Bachelor of Chemistry; Bachelor of Molecular Biology
    University of Michigan

  • 1989

    PhD Oceanography
    Massachussetts Institute of Technology / Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program

Achievements and Awards

  • 2009-2019

    Award for Unselfish Cooperation in Research and the Mentoring of Junior Staff
    Antarctic Cooperative Research Centre

  • 2006-2006

    Invited Professor
    CNRS-CNES, University Paul-Sabatier, Toulouse

  • 2017-2017

    Invited Distinguished Professor
    Xiamen University


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