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Oliver Ross, PhD (Senior Researcher)
Dept of Physical & Coastal Oceanography (OPLC)
Aix-Marseille University
Marseille, FRANCE
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Curriculum Vitae for Oliver Ross

Research Experience

  • 2013 - present Senior Researcher at Univ Aix-Marseille, France
  • 2009-2013 Post-doc & Marie Curie Fellow at ICM-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2006-2009 Senior Research Officer at Univ Essex, UK
  • 2005 Post-doc at Univ Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  • 2000-2004 PhD student at Univ Southampton, UK
  • 2000 Diplom (MSc) in physics, Freie Univ Berlin, Germany
  • 1998-2000 Honorary Research Fellow (physics), Univ Auckland, New Zealand


  • 2004 PhD in physical oceanography from the University of Southampton, UK
  • 2000 German ‘Diplom’ in physics (equiv. to MSc) from the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. Final grade: 1.0 (highest possible grade)


  • 2015-2017: SeaQUEST (Meso- and Sub-mesoscale Physico-biogeochemical Dynamics in a Coastal NW Mediterranean Sea: Quantifying and Understanding Ecosystem Structure and Transport) funded by the EU 7th framework initiative (FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IEF): Intra-European Marie Curie fellowship (project no. 624170).
    Quantity of funding: € 270k.
    Responsibilities: Principal Investigator
    Scientific tasks: To examine the role of the Northern Current as a physical barrier to cross-shelf transport and the effect of its seasonal variability on the local biogeochemistry and plankton dynamics at meso- and sub-mesoscales in the Bay of Lion (NW Mediterranean).
  • 2013-2015: AMICO-BIO (Action vers une Modélisation Intégrée Côtière Opérationnelle) co-funded by the French Ministry of the Environment and CNRS under the Copernicus Programme.
    Quantity of funding: € 150k.
    Responsibilities: co-investigator for WP1b
    Scientific tasks: Improving the open boundary conditions for the biogeochemistry in coupled physical-biogeochemical 3D regional models in order to improve the representation of cross-shelf exchange processes.
  • 2010-2012: AQUALIGHT (New methods of AQUAtic hyperspectral LIGHT field analysis for the concurrent characterisation of physical and bio-optical processes at small scales) funded by the EU 7th framework initiative (FP7-PEOPLE-2009-IEF): Intra-European Marie Curie fellowship (project no. 255396).
    Quantity of funding: € 161k.
    Responsibilities: Principal Investigator
    Scientific tasks: to develop methods based on hyperspectral optical data for the detection of phytoplankton functional groups (including HAB species) and the characterisation of dynamic processes (turbulent transport and photoacclimation)
  • 2009-2011: ANERIS (Development of an Intelligent Oceanographic Probe with Autonomous Sampling Capabilities) funded by the Spanish CSIC (PIF08-015-02).
    Quantity of funding: €350k
    Scientific tasks: development of optical methods for the characterisation of water column dynamics including the detection and identification of phytoplankton functional types and dynamical processes such as turbulent mixing and photoacclimation
  • 2006-2009: MarQUEST (Marine Biogeochemistry Initiative in QUEST -Quantifying and Understanding the Earth System) funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
    Quantity of funding: £1.3M (MarQUEST), £23M (QUEST).
    Responsibilities: co-coordinating work package 1 and representing WP1 at project meetings
    Scientific tasks: development of cell-based models of phytoplankton physiology (photoacclimation, photoinhibition and –protection) and inclusion of this model in a Lagrangian turbulence model with realistic external forcing to determine penalty functions for the effect of vertical mixing on phytoplankton growth and productivity; application of this model to fast repetition rate fluorescence (FRRF) data to yield recommendations for shipboard protocols for estimating model parameters
  • 2005: VICI (Phytoplankton Dispersion in Geophysical Turbulence) funded by the Dutch NWO ( ESF. 6239).
    Quantity of funding: €1.3M
    Scientific tasks: Modelling of turbulence using Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS) on a high-performance computing cluster investigating the effect of geophysical turbulence on plankton distribution and mixing
  • 2000-2004: IMPRESS (Interactions between the Marine Environment, Predators and Prey: Implications for Sustainable Sandeel Fisheries) funded by the EU 5th framework initiative (QLRT¬1999-30864).
    Quantity of funding: €4.1M
    Scientific tasks: Participation in several research cruises to obtain physical and biological data of the study area; analysis of the cruise data; development of a coupled physical-biological model to represent the study area; presentation of results are regular project meetings

Successful Grant/Fellowship Applications

  • 2013 Intra-European Marie Curie Fellowship (FP7-PEOPLE-2009-IEF) awarded by the European Union to fund a 2-year research fellowship at the Mediterranean Institute of Oceanogaphy (MIO) in Marseille (France). Quantity of funding: €270k.
  • 2010 Intra-European Marie Curie Fellowship (FP7-PEOPLE-2009-IEF) awarded by the European Union to fund a 2-year research fellowship at the Marine Sciences Institute (ICM) in Barcelona (Spain). Quantity of funding: €161k.
  • 2009 JAE postdoctoral fellowship awarded by the Spanish National Science Foundation (CSIC) to fund a research fellowship at the Marine Technology Unit (UTM) in Barcelona (Spain). Quantity of funding: ca. €126k.
  • 2009 RXP Research Exchange Fellowship awarded by the British Council (UK) to facilitate a 3-month stay at the Marine Sciences Institute (ICM) in Barcelona (Spain). Quantity of funding: £ 4935.
  • 2002 DAAD Researcher Experience Fellowship awarded by the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst – DAAD) in conjunction with the Japanese Ministry of Science and Education to facilitate a 2-month stay at the Ocean Research Institute (ORI) in Tokyo (Japan). Quantity of funding: ¥1.2M.
  • 2000 3-year PhD research and maintenance grant awarded by the School of Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Southampton, UK. Quantity of funding: ca. £35,200.
  • 1998 Honorary Research Fellow awarded by the Physics Department of the University of Auckland (New Zealand) to facilitate an 18 month stay at the department in order to carry out the research for the German Diplom (M.Sc.) thesis in physics.

Cruise experience

  • 04/16 Principal Scientists aborad R/V Tethys II during a 5-day multidisciplinary campaign in the Gulf of Lion, NW Mediterranean.
  • 02/12 Operating multi-beam SIMRAD underwater acoustic equipment, CTDs, and work in the wetlab aboard RV Tangaroa during a 4-week fisheries research cruise in the Southwest Pacific.
  • 2009-2011 Regular surveys in Alfacs Bay (Spain) collecting and analysing data from microstructure profiles (SCAMP), ADCP, CTD, and several moorings (thermistors and miniature CTDs), deployment of AUVs for measuring currents, spatial heterogeneities in chlorophyll and for the purposes of classifying bottom types and obtaining accurate near-shore bathymetry data in the lagoon.
  • 06/03 Operating SCANFISH (towed undulating CTD) and collecting fixed-station CTD, ADCP and SIMRAD data aboard RV Pelagia during a 10-day cruise as part of the IMPRESS project
  • 06/01 Collecting CTD, XBT, chlorophyll, turbidity, phyto-and zooplankton samples aboard RV Clupea during a 12-day cruise as part of the IMPRESS project, deployment of 2 moorings
  • 2000-2003 Collecting SCAMP, and MINIBAT data during several 12-24h tidal surveys in Southampton Water (macrotidal estuary in the UK) and on Lake Nieuwe Meer (a recreational lake in The Netherlands)

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