Research staff: Dr. Marie-Fanny Racault

Marie-Fanny Racault

Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Prospect Place
The Hoe
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 1752 633434
Fax: +44 (0) 1752 633101

Research interests

Study of climate-related impact on marine ecosystem resources and the oceanic carbon cycle at regional and global scales; development and implementation of ecological indicators of the marine ecosystem; study of phytoplankton variability in relation to environmental and climate processes using earth observations (in-situ, remote-sensing, model data).

Key projects


Peer-reviewed publications

Racault M-F, Sathyendranath S, Brewin RJW, Raitsos DE, Jackson T, Platt T (2017) Impact of El Niño Variability on Oceanic Phytoplankton. Frontiers in Marine Science, 4:133. doi:10.3389/fmars.2017.00133

Gittings, J.A., Raitsos, D.E., Racault, M.-F., Brewin, R.W.J., Pradhan, Y., Sathyendranath, S., Platt, T. (2017) Seasonal phytoplankton blooms in the Gulf of Aden revealed by remote sensing. Remote Sensing of Environment, 189: 56-66. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2016.10.043

Von Schuckmann, K., Le Traon, P.-Y., Alvarez-Fanjul, E., Axell, L., Balmaseda, M., […], Racault, M.-F., et al. (2017) The Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service Ocean State Report, s235-s320. doi:10.1080/1755876X.2016.1273446

Racault M-F, Sathyendranath S, Menon N, Platt T (2016) Phenological responses to ENSO in the global oceans. Surv. Geophys. doi:10.1007/s10712-016-9391-1

Meyssignac B, Piecuch CG, Merchant CJ, Racault, M-F, Palanisamy H, MacIntosh C, Sathyendranath S, Brewin R (2016) Causes of the Regional Variability in Observed Sea Level, Sea Surface Temperature and Ocean Colour Over the Period 1993–2011. Surv. Geophys. doi:10.1007/s10712-016-9383-1

Racault, M.-F., Raitsos, D.E., Berumen, M. L., Brewin, R.W.J., Platt, T., Sathyendranath, S., Hoteit, I. (2015) Phytoplankton phenology indices in coral reef ecosystems: application to ocean-colour observations in the Red Sea, Remote Sensing of Environment, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2015.01.019,

Thomalla, S.J., Racault, M.-F., Swart, S., and Monteiro, P.M.S. (2015) High-resolution view of the spring bloom initiation and net community production in the Subantarctic Southern Ocean using glider data, ICES Journal of Marine Science, doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsv105.

Raitsos, D.E., Yi, X., Platt, T., Racault, M.-F., Brewin, R.J.W., Pradhan, Y., Papadopoulos, V., Sathyendranath, and S. Hoteit, I. (2015) Monsoon oscillations regulate fertility of the Red Sea, Geophysical Research Letters, doi:10.1002/2014GL062882,

Brewin, R.J.W., Raitsos, D.E., Dall'Olmo, G., Zarokanellos, N., Jackson, T., Racault, M.-F., Boss, E.S., Sathyendranath, S., Jones, B.H., and Hoteit, I. (2015) Regional ocean-colour chlorophyll algorithms for the Red Sea, Remote Sensing of Environment, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2015.04.024.

Agirbas, E., Martinez-Vicente, V., Brewin, R. J.W., Racault, M.-F., Airs, R., and Llewellyn, C. (2015). Temporal changes in total and size-fractioned chlorophyll-a in surface waters of three provinces in the Atlantic Ocean (September to November) between 2003 and 2010. Journal of Marine Systems, In press.

Kwiatkowski, L., Yool, A., Allen, J.I., Anderson, T.R., Barciela, R., Buitenhuis, E.T., Butenschön, M., Enright, C., Halloran, P.R., Le Quéré, C., de Mora, L., Racault, M.-F., Sinha, B., Totterdell, I.J., and Cox, P.M. (2015) iMarNet: an ocean biogeochemistry model intercomparison project, Biogeosciences, doi:10.5194/bg-11-7291-2014,

Racault, M.-F., Sathyendranath, S., and Platt, T. (2014) Impact of missing data on the estimation of ecological indicators from satellite ocean-colour time-series. Remote Sensing of Environment, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2014.05.016

Racault, M.-F., Platt, T., Sathyendranath, S., Ağirbaș, E., Martinez Vicente, V., and Brewin, R., (2014). Plankton indicators and ocean observing systems: support to the marine ecosystem state assessment. Journal of Plankton Research, 36: 621 – 629, doi:10.1093/plankt/fbu016,

Land, P., Shutler, J., Platt, T., and Racault, M.-F. (2014). A novel method to retrieve oceanic phenology from satellite data in the presence of data gaps. Ecological Indicators, 37: 67–80, doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2013.10.008.

Tett, P., Gowen, R., Painting, S., Elliott, M., Foster, R., Mills, D., Bresnan, E., Capuzzo, E., Fernandes, T., Foden, J., Geider, R., Gilpin, L., Huxham, M., McQuatters-Gollop, A., Malcolm, S., Saux Picart, S., Platt, T., Racault, M.-F., Sathyendranath, S., and Wilkinson, M. (2013). A framework for understanding marine ecosystem health. Marine Ecology Progress Series, doi:10.3354/meps10539.

Alvain S., Le Quéré, C., Bopp, L., Racault, M.-F., Beaugrand, G.P., Dessailly, D., and Buitenhuis, E.T. (2013). Rapid climatic driven shifts of diatoms at high latitudes, Remote Sensing of Environment, 132, 195-201, 1doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2013.01.014.

Racault, M.-F., Le Quéré, C., Buitenhuis, E., Sathyendranath, S., and Platt, T. (2012) Phytoplankton phenology in the global ocean. Ecological indicators, 14, 152-163. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2011.07.010.

Silberfeld, T., Racault, M.-F., Fletcher, R.L., Couloux, A., Rousseau, F. and De Reviers, B. (2011) Systematics and evolutionary history of pyrenoid bearing taxa in brown algae (Phaeophyceae), European Journal of Phycology, 46, 362-378.

Racault, M.-F., Fletcher, R.L., Reviers de B., Cho, G.Y., Boo, S.M., Parente, M.I. and Rousseau, F. (2009) Molecular phylogeny of the brown algal genus Petrospongium Nägeli ex Kützing (Phaeophyceae) with evidence for Petrospongiaceae fam. nov., Cryptogamie, Algologie, 30, 111-123.


Other activities

Supervision and mentoring

Educational and outreach activities


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