Matthew is a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant within the Wheeler Group. His research interests are broadly focussed on the effects of climate change on marine phytoplankton. Specifically, how multiple stressors including ocean acidification, seawater warming and changes in nutrient loads interact to impact physiological performance at the species level, and community structure and carbon budgets at the population level. Matthew is further interested in the linkage between phytoplankton ecology and physiology, biogeochemical cycles and food web structure and functioning.
He studied for his PhD at Plymouth Marine Laboratory, where his research focussed on the combined effects of elevated CO2 and temperature on natural phytoplankton community taxonomic composition and rates of photosynthetic carbon uptake. Following his PhD award in 2018, Matthew worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Plymouth on a marine diatom project, linking cellular growth rates of Rhizosolenia setigera with production rates of unique lipid signatures (C25 highly branched isoprenoids) as a novel proxy for phytoplankton biomass estimates. During his post-doc at the MBA, Matthew will be assessing how cell size constrains carbon uptake in marine diatoms using direct measurements of carbonate chemistry at the cell surface.