Nic has a background in geology, biology and climate science. He has also worked as a hiking guide on Tasmania's Overland Track sharing his passion for nature and science. Nic now studies the abundance and variability of phytoplankton in the equatorial Pacific ocean. This region is the largest oceanic source of Carbon Dioxide into the atmosphere, driven by upwelling which also brings nutrients to the surface, allowing these small plants to grow. The Pacific ocean has some of the largest modes of natural variability in the world (El Nino & Pacific Decadal Oscillation) which have large and varied impacts on nutrient upwelling, driving changes to the abundance and distribution of phytoplankton which can influence global food-webs and climate.
Thesis: Climate driven variability in tropical pacific productivity.