Erik Buitenhuis

Senior Researcher

My research ranges from microbial physiology to Earth system science on timescales from hours to decades. To allow this wide range of relevant processes to be integrated, I am building a global ocean biogeochemical model that is based on plankton functional types (a Dynamic Green Ocean Model). To keep this model realistic and allow extrapolation into climate change scenarios, I place strong emphasis on data-synthesis of observations to derive model equations, estimate parameters and to evaluate the results. Moreover, I incorporate known physical mechanisms and ecological relationships as additional constraints. To make use of developments in this range of research fields, I instigate and participate in many UK and international collaborations.