Staff

Dr. Thomas Browning

Postdoctoral researcher

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel,
Wischhofstraße 1-3 | Bld. 12 / r.321 / D-24148 Kiel,
Germany

Tel: +49 431 600-1298
Email: tbrowning(at)geomar.de

Research division 2: Marine Biogeochemistry (Chemical Oceanography)

 

Research profile

I research the controls on phytoplankton abundance, ecology and physiology in the ocean. I am particularly interested in resource-regulation and exploring the potential for observing patterns of nutrient limitation using remote sensing.

2017–          Postdoctoral scientist (GEOMAR, Kiel, Germany)

2015–2017  Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow (GEOMAR, Kiel, Germany)

2010–2014  DPhil (Oxford, UK)

2006–2010  MSci (Bristol, UK)

Publications

Berube et al., Single cell genomes of Prochlorococcus, Synechococcus, and sympatric microbes from diverse marine environments. Scientific Data 5, 180154 (2018).

Biller et al., Marine microbial metagenomes sampled across space and time. Scientific Data 5, 180176 (2018).

Hopwood, M.J., Carroll, D., Browning, T.J., Meire, L., Mortensen, J., Krisch, S. and Achterberg, E.P. Non-linear response of summertime marine productivity to increased meltwater discharge around Greenland. Nature Communications, 9, 3256 (2018).

Browning, T.J., Rapp, I., Schlosser, C., Gledhill, M., Achterberg, E.P., Bracher, A. and Le Moigne, F.A. (2018). Influence of iron, cobalt, and vitamin B12 supply on phytoplankton growth in the tropical East Pacific during the 2015 El Niño. Geophysical Research Letters.

Schlitzer, R. et al. (2018). The GEOTRACES Intermediate Data Product 2017. Chemical Geology.

Browning, T.J., Achterberg, E.P., Rapp, I., Engel, A., Bertrand, E.M., Tagliabue, A., and Moore, C.M. (2017). Nutrient co-limitation at the boundary of an oceanic gyre. Nature 551, 242–246.

Browning, T.J., Achterberg, E.P., Yong, J.C., Rapp, I., Utermann, C., Engel, A. and Moore, C.M. (2017). Iron limitation of microbial phosphorus acquisition in the tropical North Atlantic. Nature Communications, 8, 15465.

Sabadel, A.J.M., Browning, T.J.,  Kruimer, D., Airs, R.L., Woodward, E.M.S., Van Hale, R., Frew, R.D. (2017). Determination of picomolar dissolved free amino acids along a South Atlantic transect using reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography. Marine Chemistry, 196, 173-180.

Lodeiro, P., Browning, T.J., Achterberg, E.P., Guillou, A. and El-Shahawi, M.S. (2017). Mechanisms of silver nanoparticle toxicity to the coastal marine diatom Chaetoceros curvisetus. Scientific Reports, 7, 10777.

Hermoso, M., Candelier, Y. Browning, T.J. and Minoletti, F. (2015). Environmental control of the isotopic composition of subfossil coccolith calcite: Are laboratory culture data transferable to the natural environment? GeoResJ, 7, doi:10.1016/j.grj.2015.05.002.

Browning T. J., Stone K., Bouman H. A., Mather T. A., Pyle D. M., Moore C. M., & Martinez-Vicente V. (2015). Volcanic ash supply to the surface ocean – remote sensing of biological responses and their wider biogeochemical significance, Frontiers in Marine Science, 2, 00014, doi:10.3389/fmars.2015.00014.   

Hernández-Sánchez, M. T., LaRowe, D. E., Deng, F., Homoky, W. B., Browning, T. J., Pabortsava, K., Henderson, G. M., Mills, R. A., & Pancost, R. D. (2014), Further insights into how sediment redox status controls the preservation and composition of sedimentary organic biomarkers. Organic Geochemistry, 76, 220-234, doi:10.1016/j.orggeochem.2014.08.006.

Browning, T. J., Bouman, H. A., & Moore, C. M. (2014). Satellite detected fluorescence: decoupling non-photochemical quenching from iron stress signals in the Southern Ocean.  Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 28, doi:10.1002/2013GB004773.

Browning, T. J., Bouman, H. A., Henderson, G. M., Mather, T., Pyle, D., Schlosser, C., Woodward, E. M. S., & Moore, C. M. (2014). Strong responses of Southern Ocean phytoplankton communities to volcanic ash. Geophysical Research Letters, 41, 2851-2857, doi:10.1002/2014GL059364.

Browning, T. J., Bouman, H. A., Moore, C. M., Schlosser, C., Tarran, G. A., Woodward, E. M. S., & Henderson, G. M. (2014). Nutrient regimes control phytoplankton ecophysiology in the South Atlantic. Biogeosciences, 11, 463–479, doi:10.5194/bg-11-463-2014.

Wyatt, N. J., Milne, A., Woodward, E. M. S., Rees, A. P., Browning, T. J., Bouman, H. A., Worsfold, P. J., Lohan, M. C. (2014). Biogeochemical cycling of dissolved zinc along the GEOTRACES South Atlantic transect GA10 at 40ºS. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 28, doi:10.1002/2013GB004637.

Invited seminars

'Oceanic nutrient limitation: Recent discoveries in the Atlantic', AWI, Bremerhaven, Germany (14th May 2018)

'Oceanic nutrient limitation: Recent discoveries in the Atlantic', Xiamen University, China (7th May 2018)

‘Phytoplankton response to volcanic ash fertilisation in the Southern Ocean’, Atmospheric and Marine Biogeochemistry seminar series, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK (13th October 2014)

‘Southern Ocean phytoplankton: mapping iron stressed communities from space and strong responses to volcanic ash supply’, Polar Oceans seminar series, British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK (July 16th 2014)

‘Mapping iron stress from space and potential manganese limitation in the Southern Ocean’, POETS seminar series, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK (June 26th 2014)

Presentations

Browning, T. J., Achterberg, E. P., Rapp, I., Engel, A., Bertrand, E. M., Tagliabue, A. & Moore, C. M., Direct experimental evidence for nutrient co-limitation from the South Atlantic GEOTRACES GA08 expedition. Goldschmidt, 2017, Paris, France. (Talk)

Browning, T. J., Achterberg, E. P., Yong, J. C., Rapp, I., Utermann, C., Engel, A. & Moore, C. M., Iron limitation of microbial phosphorus acquisition in the tropical North Atlantic. European Geosciences Union Meeting, 2017, Vienna, Austria. (Poster)

Browning, T. J., Bouman, H. A., & Moore, C. M., Satellite-detected fluorescence: decoupling non-photochemical quenching from iron stress signals in the South Atlantic and Southern Ocean. Ocean Sciences Meeting, 2014, Hawaii, USA. (Talk)

Browning, T. J., Bouman, H. A., Henderson, G. M., Mather, T., Pyle, D., Schlosser, C., Woodward, E. M. S., & Moore, C. M., Strong responses of Southern Ocean phytoplankton communities to volcanic ash. INDO-MARECLIM winter school on climate change and variability, marine ecosystems and coastal zone management, 2014, Cochin, India. (Talk - invited)

Browning, T. J., Bouman, H. A., Moore, C. M., Schlosser, C., Tarran, G. A., Woodward, E. M. S., & Henderson, G. M., Iron controls phytoplankton ecophysiology in the South Atlantic. Goldschmidt, 2013, Florence, Italy. (Talk)

Browning, T. J., Bouman, H. A., Moore, C. M., Schlosser, C., Tarran, G. A., Woodward, E. M. S., & Henderson, G. M., Nutrient regimes control phytoplankton ecophysiology in the South Atlantic. Gordon Conference for Chemical Oceanography, 2013, University of New England, USA. (Poster)