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Peter Strutton

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Pete Strutton

Director: QMS Program; Co-leader: Integrated Marine Observing System Blue Water and Climate Node
IMAS Marine & Antarctic Futures Centre (MAFC)

Room 217B, IMAS Hobart, Hobart CBD Campuses

+61 3 6226 8595 (phone)

Pete.Strutton@utas.edu.au

Associate Professor Pete Strutton is a biological oceanographer at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies. His field of research is the interaction between physical and biological processes in the ocean, and the consequences for ocean productivity and air-sea CO2 exchange. He has a PhD in Marine Science from the Flinders University of South Australia and has held positions at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Stony Brook University and Oregon State University before joining UTAS as an ARC Future Fellow in 2010. He is a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science.

Career summary

Qualifications

  • PhD (1998):  Nonlinear analysis of phytoplankton spatial structure: A new approach to describing biological-physical processes, Flinders University
  • BSc 1st Class Hons (1993): Hydrodynamical and biological aspects of Coffin Bay, and their application to aquaculture, Flinders University

Biography

Associate Professor Pete Strutton received his Bachelor degree in Marine Science from Flinders University of South Australia with first class honours in 1993. He went on to complete his PhD in Marine Science in 1998. He then left Australia to take up the positions of Postdoctoral Scientist and Research Associate with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California, which he held until 2002. From 2002-2004 he was Assistant Professor with the State University of New York's Marine Sciences Research Centre and from 2004-2010 he was Assistant, then Associate Professor at Oregon State University's College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences.  In 2010 he returned to Australia on an ARC Future Fellowship and has been Associate Professor at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, since then. From 2010 to 2015 he was one of two oceans editors for Geophysical Research Letters, the American Geophysical Union's flagship short-format journal. He is the director of the CSIRO-UTas joint PhD program in Quantitative Marine Science, a leader of the Blue Water and Climate Node of Australia's Integrated Marine Observing System, and he also co-leads the Biogeochemistry Task Team for the redesign of the Tropical Pacific Observing System.

Research Themes

Pete's research aligns with the UTAS theme of Marine, Antarctic and Maritime. His broad research interest is the interaction between physical and biological processes in the ocean and how they work to regulate ocean productivity. He has ongoing projects in the Southern Ocean, Australia's northwest shelf, the tropical Pacific, the Tasman Sea and Indian Ocean. He is very interested in discussing potential projects with students considering Honours, Masters or PhD study.

Memberships

Professional practice

  • American Geophysical Union
  • Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society

Administrative expertise

  • Director, since 2014, of the CSIRO-UTAS joint PhD program in Quantitative Marine Science
  • Co-lead, since 2012, of the IMOS Blue Water and Climate Node
  • Co-lead, since 2014, of the Biogeochemistry Task Team for TPOS2020 (the rebuilding of the Tropical Pacific Observing System)

Teaching

Biological Oceanography, Ocean Biogeochemistry, Introduction to Oceanography, Advanced Oceanography

Teaching expertise

Significant teaching responsibilities in KSA205 Introduction to Oceanography, KSA306 Advanced Oceanography and QMS512 Ocean Biogeochemistry. Guest lectures in many undergraduate classes.

Teaching responsibility

www.utas.edu/courses/KSA205

www.utas.edu/courses/KSA306

www.utas.edu/courses/QMS512

Research Appointments

  • Director, since 2014, of the CSIRO-UTAS joint PhD program in Quantitative Marine Science
  • Co-lead, since 2012, of the IMOS Blue Water and Climate Node
  • Co-lead, since 2014, of the Biogeochemistry Task Team for TPOS2020 (the rebuilding of the Tropical Pacific Observing System)

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Expertise

  • Ocean productivity
  • Carbon cycling in the ocean
  • Climate change
  • Ocean carbon sequestration

Collaboration

  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science. A collaboration across the University of New South Wales, Monash University, the University of Melbourne, Australian National University and the University of Tasmania.
  • ARC-funded Discovery Project on the Australian northwest shelf. A collaboration with the University of Western Australia, the Australian Institute of Marine Science and the Naval Research Lab, Stennis Space Centre, Mississippi.
  • Marine National Facility voyage on the RV Investigator. A collaboration with Australian National University, Princeton University, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Bureau of Meteorology.

Current projects

  • Eddies: The key to understanding Southern Ocean carbon cycling. This project has secured a month of ship time on the RV Investigator and has an associated ARC Discovery Proposal pending. The goal is to understand the circulation, nutrient fluxes, productivity and air-sea CO2 flux associated with cyclonic and anticyclonic eddies in the Southern Ocean.
  • Coupled physical and biogeochemical dynamics on the Australian North West Shelf. This project, which is a collaboration with the University of Western Australia, the Australian Institute of Marine Science and the US Naval Research Lab, aims to understand the role of internal waves in driving nutrient fluxes and productivity in this dynamic coastal region.
  • Modelling of physical-biogeochemical coupling in a high resolution global model. This project, which is funded through the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science, is a collaboration between UTas, ANU, UNSW and CSIRO.
  • Southern Ocean productivity and CO2 exchange under current and future climate regimes. This is a continuation of my Future Fellowship project, using satellite proxies for surface ocean CO2 concentrations to understand recent and future changes.

Fields of Research

  • Biological Oceanography (040501)
  • Physical Oceanography (040503)
  • Chemical Oceanography (040502)
  • Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology) (060205)
  • Biological Sciences (069999)
  • Optical Physics (020599)
  • Environmental Management (050205)
  • Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience (040699)
  • Fisheries Management (070403)
  • Climate Change Processes (040104)
  • Aquatic Ecosystem Studies and Stock Assessment (070402)
  • Turbulent Flows (091508)
  • Atmospheric Dynamics (040102)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding Knowledge in the Earth Sciences (970104)
  • Climate Variability (excl. Social Impacts) (960304)
  • Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water in Marine Environments (961104)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences (970105)
  • Atmospheric Composition (incl. Greenhouse Gas Inventory) (960201)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments (960507)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences (970106)
  • Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Environments (excl. Social Impacts) (960306)
  • Fisheries - Wild Caught (830299)
  • Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960801)
  • Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Australia (excl. Social Impacts) (960307)
  • Marine Oceanic Processes (excl. climate related) (969902)
  • Climate Change Adaptation Measures (960301)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales (960501)
  • Fisheries - Aquaculture (830199)
  • Climate Change Models (960303)
  • Climate Change Mitigation Strategies (960302)
  • Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Oceanography (969901)

Publications

The general theme of Associate Professor Strutton's publications is to investigate links between ocean physics and biology. For the most part this involves exploring physical drivers of ocean productivity, such as upwelling, the seasonal cycle, internal waves and what we might call mesoscale processes like eddies. Rarely this also includes ways in which ocean biology can feed back on the physics, for instance by altering the attenuation of solar radiation and therefore the ocean heat budget.                 

Pete has published on phenomena from many different ocean regions including the Southern Ocean and Antarctica, the tropical Pacific, Labrador Sea and Indian Ocean. His papers have appeared in Nature, Science and journals of the American Geophysical Union, such as Geophysical Research Letters and the Journal of Geophysical Research. For five years he was an editor of Geophysical Research letters where he handled about 25 manuscripts per month.

Total publications

37

Journal Article

(37 outputs)
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2017Michael PE, Wilcox C, Tuck GN, Hobday AJ, Strutton PG, 'Japanese and Taiwanese pelagic longline fleet dynamics and the impacts of climate change in the southern Indian Ocean', Deep-Sea Research. Part 2, 140 pp. 242-250. ISSN 0967-0645 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2016.12.003 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1

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2017Moreau S, Della Penna A, Llort J, Patel R, Langlais C, et al., 'Eddy-induced carbon transport across the Antarctic Circumpolar Current', Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 31, (9) pp. 1368-1386. ISSN 0886-6236 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/2017GB005669 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Moreau S; Llort J; Boyd PW; Phillips HE; Trull T; Tilbrook B; Lenton A

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2016Rosso I, Hogg AMcC, Matear R, Strutton PG, 'Quantifying the influence of sub-mesoscale dynamics on the supply of iron to Southern Ocean phytoplankton blooms', Deep-Sea Research. Part 1, 115 pp. 199-209. ISSN 0967-0637 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.dsr.2016.06.009 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

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2015Evans W, Hales B, Strutton PG, Shearman RK, Barth JA, 'Failure to bloom: Intense upwelling results in negligible phytoplankton response and prolonged CO2 outgassing over the Oregon shelf', Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 120, (3) pp. 1446-1461. ISSN 2169-9275 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/2014JC010580 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 9

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2015Michael PE, Tuck GN, Strutton P, Hobday A, 'Environmental associations with broad-scale Japanese and Taiwanese pelagic longline effort in the southern Indian and Atlantic Oceans', Fisheries Oceanography, 24, (5) pp. 478-493. ISSN 1054-6006 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/fog.12123 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2

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2015Pinkel R, Alford M, Lucas AJ, Johnson S, MacKinnon J, et al., 'Breaking internal tides keep the ocean in balance', Eos, 96 pp. 1-5. ISSN 0096-3941 (2015) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1029/2015EO039555 [eCite] [Details]

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2015Strutton PG, Coles VJ, Hood RR, Matear RJ, McPhaden MJ, et al., 'Biogeochemical variability in the central equatorial Indian Ocean during the monsoon transition', Biogeosciences, 12, (8) pp. 2367-2382. ISSN 1726-4170 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5194/bg-12-2367-2015 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Phillips HE

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2015Lieser JL, Curran MAJ, Bowie AR, Davidson AT, Doust SJ, et al., 'Antarctic slush-ice algal accumulation not quantified through conventional satellite imagery: beware the ice of March', The Cryosphere Discussions, 9 pp. 6187-6222. ISSN 1994-0432 (2015) [Non Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5194/tcd-9-6187-2015 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Lieser JL; Curran MAJ; Bowie AR; Fraser AD; Galton-Fenzi BK; Massom RA; Meiners KM; Melbourne-Thomas J; Vance TR; Westwood KJ; Wright SW

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2014Ayers JM, Strutton PG, Coles VJ, Hood RR, Matear RJ, 'Indonesian throughflow nutrient fluxes and their potential impact on Indian Ocean productivity', Geophysical Research Letters, 41, (14) pp. 5060-5067. ISSN 0094-8276 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/2014GL060593 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: Ayers JM

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2014Rosso I, Hogg A McC, Strutton PG, Kiss AE, Matear R, et al., 'Vertical transport in the ocean due to sub-mesoscale structures: impacts in the Kerguelen region', Ocean Modelling, 80 pp. 10-23. ISSN 1463-5003 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ocemod.2014.05.001 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 14

Co-authors: Klocker A

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2014Gaube P, McGillicuddy DJ, Chelton DB, Behrenfeld MJ, Strutton PG, 'Regional variations in the influence of mesoscale eddies on near-surface chlorophyll', Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 119, (12) pp. 8195-8220. ISSN 2169-9275 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/2014JC010111 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 36Web of Science - 41

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2013Ayers JM, Strutton PG, 'Nutrient variability in Subantarctic Mode Waters forced by the Southern Annular Mode and ENSO', Geophysical Research Letters, 40, (13) pp. 3419-3423. ISSN 0094-8276 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/grl.50638 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 12

Co-authors: Ayers JM

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2013Evans W, Hales B, Strutton PG, 'pCO2 distributions and air-water CO2 fluxes in the Columbia River estuary', Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 117 pp. 260-272. ISSN 0272-7714 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ecss.2012.12.003 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 16

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2013Gaube P, Chelton DB, Strutton PG, Behrenfeld MJ, 'Satellite observations of chlorophyll, phytoplankton biomass, and Ekman pumping in nonlinear mesoscale eddies', Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 118, (12) pp. 6349-6370. ISSN 2169-9275 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/2013JC009027 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 52Web of Science - 51

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2013Johnson R, Strutton PG, Wright SW, McMinn A, Meiners K, 'Three improved satellite chlorophyll algorithms for the Southern Ocean', Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 118, (7) pp. 3694-3703. ISSN 2169-9275 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/jgrc.20270 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 40Web of Science - 36

Co-authors: Johnson R; Wright SW; McMinn A; Meiners K

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2012Evans W, Hales B, Strutton PG, Ianson D, 'Sea-air CO2 fluxes in the western Canadian coastal ocean', Progress in Oceanography, 101, (1) pp. 78-91. ISSN 0079-6611 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.pocean.2012.01.003 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 6

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2012Hales B, Strutton PG, Saraceno M, Letelier R, Takahashi T, et al., 'Satellite-based prediction of pCO2 in coastal waters of the eastern North Pacific', Progress in Oceanography, 103 pp. 1-15. ISSN 0079-6611 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.pocean.2012.03.001 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 32Web of Science - 32

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2012Hamme RC, Cassar N, Lance VP, Vaillancourt RD, Bender ML, et al., 'Dissolved O2/Ar and other methods reveal rapid changes in productivity during a Lagrangian experiment in the Southern Ocean', Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 117, (1) Article C00F12. ISSN 0148-0227 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1029/2011JC007046 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 36Web of Science - 34

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2012Lance VP, Strutton PG, Vaillancourt RD, Hargreaves BR, Zhang J-Z, et al., 'Primary productivity, new productivity, and their relation to carbon flux during two Southern Ocean Gas Exchange tracer experiments', Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 117, (4) Article C00F14. ISSN 0148-0227 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1029/2011JC007687 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2

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2012Lewitus AJ, Horner RA, Caron DA, Garcia-Mendoza E, Hickey BM, et al., 'Harmful algal blooms along the North American west coast region: History, trends, causes, and impacts', Harmful Algae, 19 pp. 133-159. ISSN 1568-9883 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.hal.2012.06.009 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 73Web of Science - 67

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2012McKibben SM, Strutton PG, Foley DG, Peterson TD, White AE, 'Satellite-based detection and monitoring of phytoplankton blooms along the Oregon coast', Journal of Geophysical Research C: Oceans, 117, (12) Article C12002. ISSN 0148-0227 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1029/2012JC008114 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 9

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2012Strutton PG, Lovenduski NS, Mongin M, Matear R, 'Quantification of Southern Ocean phytoplankton biomass and primary productivity via satellite observations and biogeochemical models', Ccamlr Science, 19 pp. 247-265. ISSN 1023-4063 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 8

2011Brzezinski MA, Baines SB, Balch WM, Beucher CP, Chai F, et al., 'Co-limitation of diatoms by iron and silicic acid in the equatorial Pacific', Deep-Sea Research. Part 2: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 58 pp. 493-511. ISSN 0967-0645 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2010.08.005 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 47Web of Science - 49

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2011Evans W, Hales B, Strutton PG, 'Seasonal cycle of surface ocean pCO2 on the Oregon shelf', Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, (C5) Article C05012. ISSN 0148-0227 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1029/2010JC006625 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 29Web of Science - 27

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2011Ho DT, Sabine CL, Hebert D, Ullman DS, Wanninkhof R, et al., 'Southern Ocean Gas Exchange Experiment: Setting the stage', Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, (C4) Article C00F08. ISSN 0148-0227 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1029/2010JC006852 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 28Web of Science - 25

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2011Strutton PG, Martz TR, DeGrandpre MD, McGillis WR, Drennan WM, et al., 'Bio‐optical observations of the 2004 Labrador Sea phytoplankton bloom', Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, (C11) Article C11037. ISSN 0148-0227 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1029/2010JC006872 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 6

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2011Strutton PG, Palacz AP, Dugdale RC, Chai F, Marchi A, et al., 'The impact of equatorial Pacific tropical instability waves on hydrography and nutrients: 2004-2005', Deep-Sea Research. Part 2: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 58, (3-4) pp. 284-295. ISSN 0967-0645 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2010.08.015 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18Web of Science - 19

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2011Earp A, Hanson CE, Ralph PJ, Brando VE, Allen SS, et al., 'Review of fluorescent standards for calibration of in situ fluorometers: Recommendations applied in coastal and ocean observing programs', Optics Express, 19, (27) pp. 26768-26782. ISSN 1094-4087 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1364/OE.19.026768 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 10

Co-authors: Allen SS

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2010Kahru M, Gille ST, Murtugudde R, Strutton PG, Manzano-Sarabia M, et al., 'Global correlations between winds and ocean chlorophyll', Journal of Geophysical Research, 115, (C12040) EJ ISSN 0148-0227 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1029/2010JC006500 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 38Web of Science - 37

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2010Tweddle JF, Strutton PG, Foley DG, O'Higgins L, Wood AM, et al., 'Relationships among upwelling, phytoplankton blooms, and phycotoxins in coastal Oregon shellfish', Marine Ecology - Progress Series, 405, (April) pp. 131-145. ISSN 0171-8630 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3354/meps08497 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18Web of Science - 18

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2010West NJ, Lebaron P, Strutton PG, Suzuki MT, 'A novel clade of Prochlorococcus found in high nutrient low chlorophyll waters in the South and Equatorial Pacific Ocean', The ISME Journal: multidisciplinary journal of microbial ecology pp. 1-12. ISSN 1751-7362 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/ismej.2010.186 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 27Web of Science - 20

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2009Evans W, Strutton PG, Chavez FP, 'Impact of tropical instability waves on nutrient and chlorophyll distributions in the equatorial Pacific', Deep-Sea Research. Part 1: Oceanographic Research Papers, 56 pp. 178-188. ISSN 0967-0637 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.dsr.2008.08.008 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 24Web of Science - 22

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2009Martz TR, DeGrandpre MD, Strutton PG, McGillis WR, Drennan WM, 'Sea surface pCO2 and carbon export during the Labrador Sea spring-summer bloom: An in situ mass balance approach', Journal of Geophysical Research-Space Physics, 114, (C09008) pp. 1-12. ISSN 0148-0227 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1029/2008JC005060 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 12

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2008Boss E, Swift D, Taylor L, Brickley P, Zaneveld R, et al., 'Observations of pigment and particle distributions in the western North Atlantic from an autonomous float and ocean color satellite', Limnology and Oceanography, 53, (5, part 2) pp. 2112-2122. ISSN 0024-3590 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.4319/lo.2008.53.5_part_2.2112 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 56Web of Science - 52

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2008Letelier RM, Strutton PG, Karl DM, 'Physical and ecological uncertainties in the widespread implementation of controlled upwelling in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre', Marine Ecology - Progress Series, 371 pp. 305-308. ISSN 0171-8630 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3354/meps07773 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 7

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2008Strutton PG, Evans W, Chavez FP, 'Equatorial Pacific chemical and biological variability, 1997-2003', Global Biogeochemical Cycles: An International Journal of Global Change, 22, (2) pp. 1-13. ISSN 0886-6236 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1029/2007GB003045 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 19Web of Science - 17

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2007Chase Z, Strutton PG, Hales B, 'Iron links river runoff and shelf width to phytoplankton biomass along the U.S. West Coast', Geophysical Research Letters, 34 pp. L04607. ISSN 0094-8276 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1029/2006GL028069 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 55Web of Science - 55

Co-authors: Chase Z

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Grants & Funding

In the US, Associate Professor Strutton received funding from The National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA). The scope of that work spanned coastal and Southern Ocean air-sea CO2 fluxes, harmful algal blooms and validation and development of satellite ocean colour products.His work in Australia since 2010 has been funded by a Future Fellowship and Discovery Project from the Australian Research Council (ARC). The former examined recent and future changes in Southern Ocean air-sea CO2

fluxes, while the latter quantified the importance of internal waves for driving variability of coastal productivity on Australia's northwest shelf. Pete has also received funding from the Australian National Network in Marine Science (ANNiMS) to investigate variability in fisheries off the east and west coast of Australia. He has 30 days of ship time in 2016, funded by the Marine National Facility (MNF), to quantify the role of eddies in driving Southern Ocean productivity.

Funding Summary

Number of grants

12

Total funding

$57,814,687

Projects

Review Panel - ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrated Coral Reef Studies (2017)$2,825
Description
ARC College of Experts - A/Prof Peter Strutton will participate as a member of the mid-term review panel for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrated Coral Reef Studies.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($2,825)
Scheme
Consultancy
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Strutton PG
Year
2017
ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes (2017 - 2023)$30,050,000
Description
We will address the formidable challenge of understanding and predicting climate extremes for Australia. Via acritical mass of researchers, new data, innovative modelling, collaboration, a graduate program, and early careerresearcher mentoring we will transform Australias capacity to predict climate extremes. Annually, climateextremes now cost Australia up to $4 billion but may intensify over the coming decades. Our blue-sky researchwill focus on discovery of processes that explain the behaviour of present and future climate extremes. Our impactand legacy will be assured via partnerships with key sectors of the Australian economy and discoveries thatenable evidence-based planning for extremes that will enhance national resilience.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($30,050,000)
Scheme
Grant-ARC Centres of Excellence
Administered By
University of New South Wales
Research Team
Pitman A J; Jakob C; Alexander Lisa; Reeder M; Roderick M; England MH; Abramowitz G; Abram N; Arblaster J; Bindoff NL; Dommenget D; Evans JP; Hogg A; Holbrook NJ; Karoly D; Lane TP; Sherwood S; Strutton PG; Hirst T
Period
2017 - 2023
Grant Reference
CE170100023
Robotic investigation of water optical properties in the Southern Ocean (2016 - 2019)$454,706
Description
The project aims to leverage a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and an existing network of international collaborations to make a breakthrough in understanding the light-matter interaction in the waters of the southern ocean (SO), in particular the role of phytoplankton and associated material of biological origin. Phytoplankton are the energy source for the food web and a critical component of carbon cycling in the SO. One cannot, however,quantify phytoplankton dynamics in the SO using past, current and future ocean colour satellite sensors, because bio-optical data processing algorithms perform poorly (due to a lack of field data). This project would remedy this by providing novel, in-situ data based algorithms of known uncertainty.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($454,706)
Scheme
Grant-Discovery Projects
Administered By
Curtin University
Research Team
Antoine D; Strutton PG; Hardman-Mountford N; Hooker S; Boss E; Alvain S; Claustre H; Huot Y
Period
2016 - 2019
Grant Reference
DP160103387
Eddies: The key to understanding Southern Ocean carbon cycling (2016 - 2018)$269,900
Description
Ocean eddies are like small high and low pressure weather systems that spin either clockwise or anticlockwise,are about 100-200 km across and several hundred meters deep. Eddies are important because they generatevertical currents that move nutrients and carbon dioxide up and down. This work will observe an eddy in theSouthern Ocean for three weeks, to understand how its circulation impacts ocean productivity and the exchangeof carbon dioxide between the ocean and atmosphere. Outcomes will include a better understanding of carboncycling in an ocean region that is central to the climate of Australia and the rest of the planet.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($269,900)
Scheme
Grant-Discovery Projects
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Strutton PG; Phillips HE
Period
2016 - 2018
Grant Reference
DP160102870
Linking eddy physics and biogeochemistry in the Antarctic Circumpolar Current south of Tasmania (2016)$0
Description
A new understanding of the importance of eddies in the Southern Ocean.
Funding
CSIRO-Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation ($0)
Scheme
Grant-Marine National Facility
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Strutton PG; Phillips HE; Boyd PW
Year
2016
Funding for Quantitative Marine Science (QMS) 2015-2020 (2015 - 2019)$1,327,284
Funding
CSIRO-Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation ($1,327,284)
Scheme
Scholarship-Postgraduate
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Coleman R; Strutton PG
Period
2015 - 2019
Coupled physical and biogeochemical dynamics on the Australian North West Shelf (2012 - 2014)$520,000
Funding
Australian Research Council ($520,000)
Scheme
Grant-Discovery Projects
Administered By
University of Western Australia
Research Team
Ivey G; Lowe Ryan; Strutton PG; Jones Nicole
Period
2012 - 2014
Grant Reference
DP120103036
ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science (2011 - 2017)$21,400,000
Funding
Australian Research Council ($21,400,000)
Scheme
Grant-ARC Centres of Excellence
Administered By
University of New South Wales
Research Team
Pitman A J; Jakob C; Bindoff NL; England MH; Karoly D; Roderick M; Alexander Lisa; Strutton PG
Period
2011 - 2017
Grant Reference
CE1101028
The importance of internal waves in the stimulation of primary productivity at Ningaloo Reef (2011)$13,890
Funding
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations ($13,890)
Scheme
Grant-ANNIMS Springboard Program
Administered By
University of Western Australia
Research Team
Strutton PG
Year
2011
Understanding climate drivers and predicting the future for coast Australian ecosystems (2011)$297,857
Funding
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations ($297,857)
Scheme
Grant-ANNIMS Springboard Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Strutton PG; Semmens JM; Gardner C
Year
2011
Southern Ocean Productivity and CO2 Exchange Under Current and Future Climate Regimes (2009 - 2013)$788,800
Description
The Southern Ocean appears to be a significant sink of fossil fuel CO2. The amount of uptake and its variability is not well known, partly because the region is so vast and poorly sampled. This project will use existing and new data from ships, moorings and satellites to determine how Southern Ocean biological productivity and CO2 uptake respond to climate change. Specific questions to be answered include: Has the Southern Ocean warmed over the last 20 years? By how much? How has this impacted the type of phytoplankton present, their rates of productivity and their uptake of CO2 from the atmosphere? Has the abundance of calcifying organisms changed due to ocean acidification? How do the changes already observed project into the future?
Funding
Australian Research Council ($788,800)
Scheme
Fellowship-Future
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Strutton PG
Period
2009 - 2013
Grant Reference
FT0990308
Funding for Quantitative Marine Science (QMS) (2005 - 2014)$2,689,425
Funding
CSIRO-Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation ($2,689,425)
Scheme
Scholarship-Postgraduate
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Coleman R; Strutton PG; Trull T
Period
2005 - 2014

Research Supervision

Associate Professor Strutton has been the primary advisor for three PhD students, one Masters student and four Honours students. He has been a committee member for many others. Pete is always interested in recruiting more students at all three levels and would welcome students with strong quantitative skills who are interested in their application to ocean biology and chemistry problems.

Current

2

Completed

3

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDEnvironmental drivers of cetacean strandings between Southern Australia and New Zealand2013
PhDThe Physical and Bio-Optical Structure of Southern Ocean Eddies in Observations and Models2016

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDPelagic Longlines and Albatross in the Southern Indian Ocean: Interactions of fleet dynamics, climate change, and albatross
Candidate: Pamela Elaine Michael
2017
PhDRemote Sensing of Phytoplankton in the Southern Ocean
Candidate: Robert Johnson
2016
PhDNew Insights on the Ecophysiology and Ichthyotoxicity of the Dinoflagellate Alexandrium Catenella from Chilean Fjords
Candidate: Jorge Ivan Mardones Sanchez
2016