Professor Andrew J. Watson FRS




1975-78   PhD., University of Reading, Department of Engineering and Cybernetics.

1972-75    BSc (Hons 1st) physics, Imperial College, London.

Positions held

2013-                  Professor, College of Life and Environmental Sciences,

University of Exeter

2009-                 Royal Society Research Professor

2008-2015        Member of the Natural Environment Research Council

2007-2015        Director, Laboratory for Global Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry, UEA

1996-2010        Professor, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich

1988-1995        Plymouth Marine Laboratory. Research scientist/project leader

1981-1988        Marine Biological Association, Plymouth; Research Scientist

1978-1981        Assistant Research Scientist, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

Visiting scientist

1985, 1987        Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory, Columbia University, New York

2000                   Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, (Woods Hole, Mass.)



2003      Fellow of the Royal Society

2003      European Geophysical Union Fridtjof Nansen medal for distinguished research in oceanography

2009      Plymouth Marine Sciences medal



FIELDS OF INTEREST: Global biogeochemical cycles, climate, and the interactions between them (in particular, processes influencing atmospheric O2  and CO2). Evolution and present day composition of the atmosphere and oceans. Co-evolution of life and the global environment. Ocean circulation and mixing. Application of tracer techniques to ocean physics and biogeochemical processes.



Member, Bjerknes Climate Centre Science Advisory Committee, Bergen, Norway, 2001 -.

European Union Carbo-Ocean integrated project, leader and SSC 2005-

Nansen medal committee, European Geosciences Union, 2010-

Program evaluation committee, Potsdam Institute for Climate Research (2007)

Member, organizing committee, 7th International Carbon Dioxide Conference (Jena, Germany, 2009)

Chair, IGBP/SCOR SOLAS task force, 1997-1998.

SCOR-IOC panel on carbon dioxide and the oceans, 1991- 2003 (Chair 1996-2000)

Member, France-JGOFS Committee and PROOF committee, 1994-2000

Member, International JGOFS SSC, 1996-2000

Chair, SOLAS international task group, 1997

Organizing committee, 5th International CO2 conference, Cairns, Austraila, 1997

Organizing committee, 6th International CO2 conference, Sendai, Japan, 2001.

Biogeochemistry committee of the European Geosciences Union, 2002 – 2006



NERC council member 2008-

UK National committee for the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, 2003-.

Leverhulme Trust, Philip Leverhulme Prize, Earth Sciences Panel, 2001-

Geological Society of London Earth systems special interest group committee, 2000-

National Oceanography centre association steering committee 2010-

Royal Society Sectional committee 5 (Geosciences) 2006 – (Chair 2008/9)

Royal Society Geo-engineering working group (2008/9)

Royal Society committees:

Travel grants committee 2004-

Research grants committee 2005- (Chair 2007/8).

Royal Society ocean acidification working group, 2006

NERC strategy development panel, 2006.

NERC Rapid Climate Change Science Steering Committee,  2001-2004

NERC QUEST working group, 2002-2003.

NERC Environmental Systems Science Centre Steering Committee, 2002-2007

UK committee for the World Ocean Circulation Experiment, 1989-1993


Guest editor, Phil Trans. Roy. Soc A. Special issue on the Southern Ocean, Carbon and Climate, 2013.

Associate Editor, Marine Chemistry (1990-2011)

Associate Editor, Biogeosciences (2004-2006)

Guest editor, Deep Sea Research; series II, special issue on the Southern Ocean iron enrichment

experiment. (May 2001).



Keynote, ESA-SOLAS conference on earth observations for ocean-atmosphere interactions science, September 2014, Frascati, Italy

Keynote, “Life of the Earth”, EGU General Assembly, Vienna, April 2014

George Benton Lecturer, October 2012, Johns Hopkins University

Public lecture, Bjerknes Centre for Climate research, September 2012, “Earth Revolutions, lessons for our future from the Earth’s deep past”

Invited talk, Planet under Pressure conference, “Variability and trends in the Ocean sink for CO2” March 2012.

Invited talk, Science of the Blue Planet meeting, London December 2011.

Invited talk, Conference on the science and economics of climate change, Downing College Cambridge, “Effects of CO2 on climate”. May 2011.

Invited talk, “The ocean sink for CO2: why does it change and how can we monitor it”, 8th International carbon dioxide conference, Jena, September 2009.

Invited talk, Royal Society discussion meeting on “Greenhouse Gases, setting the agenda to 2030”, February 2010.

Invited talk, Marine Biological Association 125th anniversary meeting, London, September 2009

Plymouth Annual Marine Sciences lecture, September 2009

EPICA open science conference, Venice, November 2008: “Feedback dominates Quaternary climate change”.

International workshop and conference on Network Science 2008 : “Crises in Earth history”

New writing worlds conference, Norwich 2008.”The environmental crisis – a lesson from Earth history”.

Conference on effects of Climate change on the oceans, Gijon, Spain, 2008: “The Changing uptake of CO2 by the North Atlantic Ocean”

Leverhulme Trust/ Cambridge University symposium on climate past, present, future (2008) “Ocean circulaton impacts on glacial-interglacial CO2

Geological Society of London Biecentennial conference, London 2007: “How we came to be here: the major transitions in Earth history”.

Liverpool Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory: Challenger Lecture, 2007 “ How dependable is the ocean sink for CO2, and can we monitor it?”.

SOLAS open science conference, Xiamen, China, 2007: “Towards near-real-time monitoring of the ocean sink for atmospheric CO2

Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft annual meeting, Regensburg, 2007: “Ocean mixing: why it’s important and how it’s measured

Society for environmental toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) U. Newcastle, 2006: “Ocean acidification due to increasing atmospheric CO2

Woods Hole symposium on Iron fertilization, 2007 “Some (other) possible climate and biogeochemical effects of iron fertilization”

Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society, 2007: “Carbon dioxide: key to past and future climate change”.