Research staff: Dr. Gavin Tilstone

Gavin Tilstone

Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Prospect Place
The Hoe
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 1752 633406
Fax: +44 (0) 1752 633101

Research interests

Dr Gavin Tilstone is a Senior Scientific Officer at Plymouth Marine Laboratory working in bio-optical oceanography and remote sensing. Gavin originally trained as a botanist working on physiological, genetics and ecological aspects of plant biology, specialising in marine phytoplankton. In the last ten years he has been developing marine research that directly interfaces optical oceanography and remote sensing to address key environmental issues.

Gavin’s wide-ranging research interests include: Bio-optical Modeling, phytoplankton optical properties, phytoplankton photo-physiological properties, particulate and dissolved optical properties, quality assured in-situ measurements, Phytoplankton production models and validation of satelllite products. He has written over 30 peer reviewed research papers

Current projects

Recent publications

Hickman, A.E., Moore, C.M., Sharples, J., Lucas, M.I., Tilstone, G.H., Krivtsov, V. & Holligan, P. (in press) Primary production and nitrate uptake within the seasonal thermocline of the Celtic Sea. Marine Ecology Progress Series.

Gavin Tilstone, Steef Peters, Hans van der Woerd, Marieke Eleveld, Kevin Ruddick, Wolfgang Schoenfeld, Hajo Krasemann, Victor Martinez-Vicente, David Blondeau-Patissier, Rudiger Rottgers, Kai Sorensen, Peter Jorgensen, Jamie Shutler. (2012) Variability in specific-absorption properties and their use in a semi-analytical Ocean Colour Algorithm for MERIS in North Sea and Western English Channel coastal waters. Remote Sensing Environment 118: 320-338.

Martinez-Vicente V, Tilstone G, Sathyendranath S, Miller P, Groom S. (2012) Living sources of particulate backscattering over the mid-Atlantic Ridge. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 445: 37-51.

Kitidis, V., Tilstone G.H., Smyth, T.J., Torres, R., Law C.J. (2011) Carbon monoxide Emissions from a Mauritanian Filament. Marine Chemistry. 127, 123-133.

Tilstone GH, I M Angel-Benavides; Y Pradhan, J D Shutler, S Groom; S Sathyendranath. (2011) An assessment of chlorophyll-a algorithms available for SeaWiFS in coastal and open ocean areas of the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea. Remote Sensing Environment, 115, 2277-2291.

Shutler JD, Smyth TJ, Saux-Picart S, Wakelin SL, Hyder P, Orekhov P, Grant M, Tilstone GH, Allen JI. (2011) Evaluating the ability of a hydrodynamic ecosystem model to capture inter- and inra-annual spatial characteristics of chlorophyll-a in the north east Atlantic. Journal of Marine Systems, 88(2):169-182.

Tilstone G, Airs R, Martinez-Vicente V, Widdicombe C, Llewellyn C. (2010) High concentrations of Mycosporine like amino acids and coloured dissolved organic material in the sea surface microlayer off the Iberian Peninsular. Limnology & Oceanography 55, 5: 1835-1850.

Martinez-Vicente V, Land P, Tilstone GH, Widdicombe C. (2010). Inherent optical properties in the Western English Channel: temporal variation and relationship with plankton diversity and suspended matter composition. Journal of Plankton Research. 32(5):603-619. doi: 10.1093/plankt/fbq013

Tilstone GH, Smyth TJ, Poulton A, Hutson R. (2009). Measured and remotely sensed estimates of primary production in the Atlantic Ocean from 1998 to 2005. Deep Sea-Research II, 56(15): 918-930. doi: 10.1016/j. dsr2.2008.10.034.

Serret P, Robinson C, Fernandez E, Teira E, Tilstone GH, Perez V. (2009). Predicting plankton net community production in the Atlantic Ocean. Deep Sea-Research II, 56(15): 941-953. doi: 10.1016/j. dsr2.2008.10.006

Groom, S., Martinez-Vicente, V., Fishwick, J., Tilstone, G., Moore, G., Smyth, T. & Harbour, D. (2009) The Western English Channel Observatory: optical characteristics of station L4. Journal of Marine Systems.

Robinson, C., Tilstone, G.H., Rees, A.P., Smyth, T.J., Fishwick, J.R., Tarran, G.A., Luz, B., Barkan, E. & David, E. (2009) Comparison of in vitro and in situ plankton production determinations. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 54(1), 13-34.

Serret, P., Robinson, C., Fernández, E., Teira, E., Tilstone, G. & Pérez, V. (2009) Predicting plankton net community production in the Atlantic Ocean. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 56(15), 941-953.

Tilstone, G., Smyth, T., Poulton, A. & Hutson, R. (2009) Measured and remotely sensed estimates of primary production in the Atlantic Ocean from 1998 to 2005. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 56(15), 918-930. doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2008.10.034

Carr, M.-E., Friedrichs, M.A.M., Schmeltz, M., and others including Groom, S., Smyth, T. & Tilstone, G. (2006) A comparison of global estimates of marine primary production from ocean color. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 53(5-7), 741-770.

Lorenzo, L.M., B. Arbones, G.H. Tilstone, and F.G. Figueiras (2005) Across-shelf variability of phytoplankton composition, photosynthetic parameters and primary production in the NW Iberian upwelling system, Journal of Marine Systems, 54 (1-4), 157-173.

Smyth, T.J., G.H. Tilstone, and S.B. Groom (2005) Integration of radiative transfer into satellite models of ocean primary production, Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, 110 (C10).

G. H. Tilstone, T. J. Smyth, R. J. Gowen, V. Martinez-Vicente and S. B. Groom. (2005) Inherent optical properties of the Irish Sea and their effect on satellite primary production algorithms. Journal of Plankton Research 27(10), 1-22.

Chauton, M., G. H. Tilstone, C. Legrand, G. Johnsen, E. Graneli and E. Sakshaug (2004). The effect of phytoplankton community structure and nutrient status on bio-optical and photo-physiological changes during a phytoflagellate bloom. Journal of Plankton Research 26(3), 315-324.

G. H. Tilstone, F. G. Figueiras, L. M. Lorenzo, and B. Arbones (2003) Phytoplankton composition, photosynthesis and primary production during different hydrographic conditions at the Northwest Iberian upwelling system, Marine Ecology-Progress Series, 252, 89-104.

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