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Andrew Watson

Andrew Watson

Professor Andrew Watson FRS


Elected: 2003


Andrew Watson is a marine scientist who has pioneered techniques to study the dispersion of water in the deep oceans. Andrew’s work has changed our understanding of the way diffusion occurs in large bodies of water, and has shed light on the influence that biological processes exert on the Earth’s climate.

A world leader in the field of oceanic and atmospheric measurement, Andrew developed defining experiments that demonstrated the importance of iron for marine life. He has also been involved in the manufacture of maritime instruments capable of measuring carbon dioxide levels in the surface ocean, which are now regularly fitted to ships across the world.

A recipient of the 2004 Fridtjof Nansen Medal of the European Geosciences Union for his contributions to marine science, Andrew has been a Royal Society Research Professor since 2009. He currently serves as head of the Exeter Marine and Atmospheric Science research group and is a member of the Steering Committee of the National Oceanography Centre Association.

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Astronomy and physics
    • Planetary science (Astronomy and Physics)
  • Earth and environmental sciences
    • Chemical oceanography, Physical oceanography
  • Organismal biology, evolution and ecology
    • Evolution
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