Who We Are

  • Collectively we are a group of oceanographers who have expertise in observational oceanography, which refers to those of us who go to sea on ships to measure what is happening in the ocean, and numerical modelling, which refers to those of us who simulate what is happening in the ocean using state-of-the-art computer models.

    The team of researchers below are drawn from five institutions from Stanford University, Plymouth University, Cambridge University, Plymouth Marine Laboratory and LOCEAN, Paris. Throughout the cruise we are fortunate to enjoy the further support of several students, both undergraduate and post-graduate, and PhD researchers who are joining us to collect data for dissertations and to gain sea-going experience.


    As an unusual addition to our scientific personnel, we are also joined by Anna Dillon who is providing the stunning imagery, photos and artwork you see on this website.

  • Dr. Philip Hosegood

    Principle Scientific Officer (PSO)

    Dr. Phil Hosegood is an observational physical oceanographer from Plymouth University where he is also the Programme Director on the BSc Oceanography and Coastal Processes. He leads SMILES and is the Principal Scientific Officer on JR311, the cruise conducted aboard the RRS James Clark Ross for the purpose of collecting the SMILES observational data. Before joining Plymouth University he worked on submesoscale dynamics at the subtropical front whilst a Post-Doc at the Applied Physics Laboratory in Seattle, before which he received his PhD on boundary mixing ‘cum laude’ from the Royal Netherlands Institute of Sea Research. His research interests span a range of oceanographic processes including coastal shelf sea dynamics, shelf-edge exchange processes, submesoscales, and physical drivers of foraging bahaviour in the marine environment.

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  • Dr. Kate Adams

    Kate is the SMILES observational postdoctoral research fellow currently working at Plymouth University. As a physical oceanographer, she is interested in researching the impact of ocean currents and water properties on various marine habitats. Her PhD research, completed at Oregon State University, focused on how coastal circulation affects near-bottom oxygen concentrations on the west coast of the US. Before oceanographic research, Kate studied Environmental Engineering, M.S., at the University of California, Berkeley and Mechanical Engineering, B.S., at Georgia Institute of Technology. She first became interested in oceanography while serving as a US Peace Corps volunteer in the southwest Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu. As an observational oceanographer, Kate enjoys being at sea and exploring remote parts of the globe.

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  • Dr. Jean-Baptiste Sallee

    Dr. Jean-Baptiste Sallée is a Research Scientist based at LOCEAN (Paris, France). He was awarded a PhD in 2008 from Toulouse University (France) and Florida State University (USA), was an OCE Postdoctoral Fellow at CSIRO (Hobart, Australia), and was Research Scientist at the British Antarctic Survey (Cambridge, UK) before moving to Paris in 2013. Jean-Baptiste is an oceanographer interested in the dynamics of the ocean and climate with active research efforts on the study of the Southern Ocean surface layer and its impact on the global ocean circulation. He mostly focuses on the observational connection between the ocean surface and the deep ocean interior, with particular emphasises on heat, salt and anthropogenic carbon sequestration in the Southern Ocean. Jean-Baptiste’s research tackles questions from oceanic turbulence to large-scale ocean circulation, as well as on the impact of ocean physics on biology.

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  • Dr. Jill Schwarz

    She will be providing the biological context to our largely physical oceanography project by taking water samples throughout the cruise that are analysed for chlorophyll content, which is an indication of the amount of primary production taking place throughout the ocean.

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  • Dr. John Taylor

    John Taylor is a lecturer in Oceanography in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge. He was awarded a PhD in 2008 from the University of California, San Diego, and was a NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT before moving to Cambridge in 2011. John uses numerical models and theory to study the fluid dynamics of the ocean and its influence on biology. He is particularly interested in ocean fronts, submesoscales, stratified turbulence, and bio-physical interactions.

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  • Dr. Scott Bachman

    The SMILES numerical modelling post-doctoral research associate.

  • Marcus Zanacchi

    Marcus Zanacchi is a second year PhD student at Plymouth University. His PhD research involves an observational study on shelf sea mixing and frontal dynamics. Although the Southern Ocean is no shelf sea, much of the instrumentation and experimental methods used on the SMILES project may be somewhat replicated for his own research. With a passion for physical oceanography Marcus hopes to gain valuable research experience on the SMILES cruise. He also enjoys being at sea and the challenge of collecting observational data in such a dynamic environment. Marcus hopes to be part of many oceanographic cruises after this one!

  • Megan Stamper

    Megan Stamper is a second year PhD student at the University of Cambridge where her work focuses on the study of submesoscales in the upper ocean. Prior to beginning her PhD, Megan obtained a B.Sc at the University of Glasgow and Masters at Cambridge, both in pure and applied mathematics. Now working at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics with supervisor John Taylor, she uses a combination of theoretical and numerical approaches to study various dynamic instabilities in idealised settings, aiming to help achieve a better understanding of some of the important physical processes occurring in the ocean mixed layer.

  • Ross Millar

    Ross Millar is a graduate student studying an MSc in Applied Marine Sciences at the University of Plymouth. Prior to this, Ross obtained a BSc in Ocean Sciences at the University of Plymouth. The main focus of his education has been orientated towards both chemical and biological oceanography. He will be working alongside Jill Schwarz, investigating the effect of submesoscale processes on the chemical and biological environment.

  • Violaine Pellichero

    Violaine Pellichero is a first year Ph.D. student at the University Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris.Before starting her Ph.D., Violaine obtained a Master's in Continental Ecosystems at the University of Bordeaux, she then specialized in Oceanography through a second Master's in Interaction Between Climate & Environment at the University of Versailles. Now working at the laboratory LOCEAN with supervisor Jean-Baptiste Sallée, she uses a unique dataset, partly coming from Southern elephant seals equipped with CTD sensors, to resolve the seasonal cycle of the mixed-layer characteristics under sea ice around Antarctica.

  • Holly Ayres

    Holly Ayres is a second year undergraduate student studying a B.Sc in Ocean Science. She is one of two undergraduates to have been given the opportunity to come to the Southern Ocean on the SMILES research cruise. She will be using the data she obtains from the drifters released at submesoscale fronts for her third year final project with Dr Phil Hosegood as her advisor. It is a rare and exceptional opportunity for undergraduate students to be involved in research projects of this magnitude.

  • Zoe Waring

    Zoë is a second year under graduate student at Plymouth University, studying for a BSc (hons) in Ocean Science. She will be working with Jill Schwarz, looking at how the submesoscale mixing impacts on the primary productivity of the area, this work will go towards her final year dissertation. She hopes that the experience of this cruise will help her towards a career in marine sciences.

  • Dr. Ricardo Torres

    Support and expertise in the use of the drifters to be used during JR311.

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  • Dr. David Munday

    He has very recently joined the team at BAS and will help us to upscale the effects of submesoscales to the Southern Ocean and beyond.

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