Sonia Batten

Sonia is the Director of North Pacific CPR Survey, as the western outpost in British Columbia, Canada. Sonia completed her BSc. and PhD. at Southampton University before joining CPR Survey in Plymouth in 1994. As well as working on European Union funded projects her 7 years in Plymouth also involved collaborating with North American scientists to initiate routine CPR sampling in the Pacific. In 2000 she moved to BC to focus on maintaining the Pacific Survey. This part-time role necessitates being a jack-of-all-trades; from analysing samples, helping to service the CPR between tows, as well as writing papers and funding proposals, but that’s what makes it interesting! The most rewarding aspect has been bringing the CPR Survey to a whole new ocean and seeing the interest in, and value of, the data increase with the lengthening time series.

Sonia’s research interests focus on the interactions between large scale ocean climate variability and the plankton so that biological oceanography forms the basis of most of her publications.

Professional Affiliations:

Member of the Global Alliance of CPR Surveys (GACS), member of the PICES (North Pacific Marine Science Organisation) Monitor Technical Committee and a member of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) Biology and Ecosystems Panel.