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Trevor Platt

Trevor Platt

Professor Trevor Platt FRS


Elected: 1998


Trevor Platt made several distinguished contributions to oceanography and theoretical ecology. He provided a full description of the photosynthesis/irradiance relationship for phytoplankton. He applied spectral analysis to the spatial distribution of plankton and studied the dynamics of marine food chains as a function of organism size.

He also measured phytoplankton production in the ocean using satellite observations, with an approach based on his own bio-optical theory of primary production in the sea.

Trevor was active in international science planning and coordination, taking a particular interest in capacity building for scientists from developing countries. He was a Jawaharlal Nehru Science Fellow of the Government of India.

Professor Trevor Platt FRS died on 6 April 2020.

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