News

  • Apr 2017 – New publication in Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science in collaboration with friends at Bangor and Plymouth Universities. Looking at fractal dimensions of flocs!
  • Mar 2017 – David and Jacopo are off to Woerden in the Netherlands to take part in a user’s conference organised by our friends at Cytobuoy. Jacopo is presenting new results on retrieving size and composition information for particles smaller than the laser beam width.
  • Feb 2017 – New funding from the Norwegian Research Council to support a collaboration with Dr Sunnje Basedow from the Norwegian Arctic University in Tromso.  We are going to investigate swarming behaviour of Calanus zooplankton using optical techniques to locate and quantify dense patches.
  • Jan 2017 – New funding from the NERC Changing Arctic Ocean program. Arctic PRIZE will investigate the effect of early thinning and loss of sea-ice in the Barents sea on pelagic and benthic ecosystem function. Working directly with SAMS, St Andrews and Oxford and collaborating with leading Arcitc research groups in Norway and elsewhere – exciting times!
  • Dec 2016 – New publication in Progress in Oceanography on a new bio-optical model for the Luigurian Sea. Collaboration with friends at Girne, Izmir and La Spezia.
  • Nov 2016 – New publication in Optics Express on correcting filter pad absorption measurements for pathlength amplification and scattering offset errors. Collaboration with friends at HZG and SAMS.
  • Oct 2016 – David, Ina and Jacopo are off to Victoria BC in Canada to take part in the Ocean Optics XXIII conference. Great chance to meet lots of old friends including former group memebers Alex Cunningham giving a keynote address and Susanne Craig one of the main organisers.
  • Sept 2016 – New publication in Optics Express on current ability to achieve optical closure between in situ measurements of inherent and apparent optical properties. A real group effort with contributions from Bangor, Plymouth, HZG, Izmir and CMRE!
  • Aug 2016 – David is working with colleagues from the University of Hull and CEFAS on a Crown Estate funded project to investigate the nature of turbid plumes observed emanating from wind turbine pilings at offshore windfarms.
  • Jul 2016 – New funding from NERC to work on a Technology Proof of Concept looking at transmission of Orbital Angular Momentum beams in turbid media. Working with alison Yao and Paul Griffin from the Optics Division in the Physics Department.
  • Jun 2016 – The group are delighted to welcome new PhD student Marilisa Lo Prejato. Marilisa is going to be working on a spectral deconvolution method for ocean colour remote sensing.
  • Feb 2016 – New publication in Journal of Geophysical Research:Oceans on the contribution of mineral particles to diffuse attenuation in the Irish Sea. The paper has been picked up as an EOS Research Spotlight article too!
  • Nov 2015 – Marta has successfully completed her internship with the group, working on spectral deconvolutionfor IOP data. She is now heading back to Barcelona to complete her PhD studies, but we look forward to catching up with her in the future.
  • Sep 2015 – Alex Cunningham, founder member of the group, has retired after many years dedicated service to both the University and the ocean optics community. We were delighted to welcome some former students back to the group for his farewell bash. Thanks to all who made it back or sent best wishes! Alex will be greatly missed by all of us but we are sure he will remain active for a long time to come.
  • Aug 2015 – The group are delighted to welcome Marta Ramirez Perez from the Institute of Marine Sciences in Barcelona, Spain. Marta will spend three months working with us on data analysis for her PhD programme.
  • Jul 2015 – New publication in Optics Express with colleagues from Stevens Institute of Technology, NATO CMRE, NASA Langley, and DRDC Valcartier.
  • Apr 2015 – David, Ina, Derek and Jacopo are off to sea with colleagues from HZG and WETLabbs Inc. Once around the UK, starting and finishing in Bremerhaven, Germany, coveriing a wide range of coastal water types in support of ESA Sentinel 3 applications.
  • Mar 2015 – Catherine has completed her PhD successfully and is off to start a post-doc with Barney Balch at Bigelow in the USA. We are going to miss her! David takes part in a NASA Ocean Optics protocol development meeting in Austin, Texas – thanks to NASA for supporting attendance.
  • Feb 2015 – Ina has returned from Antarctica with pictures of penguins and tales of being trapped in thick ice. Sounds like a great adventure!
  • Jan 2015 – New publication in Journal of Geophysical Research with colleagues from HZG, NATO CMRE and UCSD.
  • Dec 2014 – Ina is off to Antarctica on the R.V. Polarstern with colleagues from the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven, and Fethi Bengil is finishing his visit to the lab before heading home to Izmir, Turkey.
  • Nov 2014 – New publication in Optics Express with Rüdiger Röttgers and Christian Utschig from the Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany.

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  • Oct 2014 – Catherine wins Best Student Paper at Ocean Optics XXII in Portland, Maine. Alex, David and Ina were there to cheer her on. Here she is being presented with the award by (left to right): Joan Cleveland (Office of Naval Research), Mary Jane Perry (University of Maine), Catherine and Paula Bontempi (NASA).
  • Sept 2014 – New publication in Marine Ecology Progress Series with colleagues from Bangor and Plymouth Universities: http://www.int-res.com/abstracts/meps/v509/p113-126/
  • Aug 2014 – The group are delighted to welcome visiting researcher Fethi Bengil from Dokuz Eylul University in Trukey. Fethi is here on a British Council funded exhange visit for three months.
  • July 2014 – Roseanne has left to spend the summer working at the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation in La Spezia, Italy. Ciao!
  • June 2014 – David, Ina, Derek and Jacopo spend two weeks working with Rebecca Weeks at SAMS measuring optical properties of several Harmful Algal Bloom forming species.
  • May 2014 – Ina is off to Svalbard (78N) to take part in a month-long workshop exploring Marine Photosynthesis at High Latitudes. You can follow her adventure (snow, ice, polar bears, more snow) at her blog: On The Blue Planet
  • April 2014 – Alex and Catherine attend the EGU meeting in Vienna, joining over 10,000 other scientists at the week-long conference.
  • March 2014 – New publication: Methods in Oceanography with colleagues from HZG (Germany) and IOPAS (Poland) on an alternative scattering correction for ac-9 absorption measurements.
  • Feb 2014 – The group are delighted to welcome a new PhD student, Jacopo Agagliate. Jacopo is going to work on linking single particle optics from a Cytosense flow cytometer to bulk inherent optical properties. David wins funding from the NERC Technology Proof of Concept competition to develop a miniaturised hyperspectral camera for small remotely piloted aircraft, in collaboration with David Hutson (UWS) and the NERC Field Spectroscopy Facility. Also, a new publication in Applied Optics with colleagues from Plymouth and Bangor Universities on “Optically significant particle sizes in seawater”.
  • Jan 2014 – New publication: Remote Sensing of Environment, “Remote sensing of shelf sea optical properties: Evaluation of a quasi-analytical approach for the Irish Sea”.
  • Dec 2013 – Alex, David, Catherine and Ina attend the Challenger Society Special Interest Group meeting on Marine Optics at Plymouth Marine Lab. Ina wins the prize for Best Student Oral Presentation!
  • Nov 2013 – New publication: Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science with colleagues from Bangor and Plymouth looking at unusual tidal effects in the Menai Strait.
  • Oct 2013 – Derek Connor has joined the group to work on a PhD project looking at new ways to exploit variable fluorescence techniques. Welcome on board!
  • July 2013 – 2 New publications: Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Research with colleagues from IOPAS (Poland), HZG (Germany) and Scripps (USA), and Applied Optics with colleagues from Texas A&M (USA).
  • Jun 2013 – Roseanne Clement has joined the group as a summer student working on a project funded by the IOP / Nuffield Summer Bursary Scheme. She is going to be working with Catherine on assessing seasonal variability in underwater light climate.
  • May 2013 – New publication in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, and David attended the International Ocean Colour Science Meeting in Darmstadt (just in time for the Asparagus festival – don’t ask!).
  • Mar 2013 – Ina Burjack has joined the group to work on a Master project. Ina is based at the University of Jena and is working towards a Masters in Geoinformatics. We are delighted to welcome her on board.
  • Feb 2013 – Ina Lefering has returned from her two month trip to the Antarctic on board the R.V. Polarstern. She is starting a PhD project working on developing new optical sensors for IOP measurements.

  • Jan 2013 – David has just returned from the Physics of Quantum Electronics conference in Snowbird, Utah. As well as presenting work at a special session on Ocean Optics along with Ed Fry, George Kattawar, Meng Gao and Curt Mobley, David spent some time on the slopes – even managing to stay upright on skis for short periods…

Ed Fry, George Kattawar, Curt Mobley, David McKee and Meng Gao

  • Dec 2012 – Ina Lefering will be joining the group in 2013 to start work on a PhD project.  She is currently in the Southern Ocean on board the R.V. Polarstern with colleagues from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven. We are looking forward to welcoming her back to the relative warmth of Glasgow…
  • Oct 2012 – Ocean Optics XXI, the leading conference on all aspects of optical oceanography was held in Glasgow, with Alex as local conference chairman. We were delighted to host so many friends and distinguished scientists from our field. Looking forward to the next installment in Portland, Maine in 2014!
  • Aug 2012 – Catherine attends ESA Earth Observation Summer School at ESA’s ESRIN campus in Frascati, Italy, where courses and practical sessions were given on remote sensing, data assimilation and Earth system modelling. Catherine tells us: “The school provided a fantastic opportunity to interact with Earth observation scientists, learning about their current work and major issues in the field, and with participants from all over the world the social scene was almost as packed as the daily classes!”
  • July 2012 – New website for submicron particle project with Bangor and Plymouth Universities: http://marinephysics.org/submicron Lots of Q&As on the science, action from the ships and check out the Submicron Song!!

  • June 2012 – David, catherine and Ina join colleagues from Bangor and Plymouth Universities on 10 day cruise off the west coast. Highlights include transect from freshwater in Loch Lochy to coccolithophore bloom in the Rockall Trough, wide range of optical water types, and some spectacular scenery. Sightings of dolphins and whales an extra bonus!
  • May 2012 – The group is delighted to welcome Katharina (Ina) Lefering who is currently finishing her Bachelor of Science in Marine Technology at the University of Applied Science Bremerhaven. Ina is working on advanced spectrophotometry techniques during her time with us.
  • Apr 2012 – David presents a poster on spectral deconvolution at EGU2012 in Vienna. Over 10,000 delegates attend conference…

  • Mar 2012 – David joined up with Dave and Rob from Bangor and Alex, George and Emelyn from Plymouth for the second set of particle optics experiments in the Menai Strait. Sailing out past Caernarfon Castle (above) – a truly spectacular place to work!
  • Jan 2012 – paper reporting on links between particle properties and optical signals in coastal waters published in Limnology and Oceanography. Joint publicatuion with Griet Neukermans (MUMM, Belgium), Hubert Loisel and Xavier Meriaux (Wimereux, France) and Rosa Astoreca (University Libre de Bruxelles , Belgium).
  • Dec 2011 – New publication! Claire, Alex and David report on the effect of phytoplankton and CDOM on simple, red wavelength mineral algorithms in a new Remote Sensing of Environment paper.
  • Nov 2011 – David McKee has just returned from a 3-day LIDAR workshop at the NATO Under water Research Centre in La Spezia, Italy organised by our good friend Dr Chuck Trees.  Really interesting work and superb hospitality with some wonderful colleagues – it is always hard to leave Lerici!
  • Oct 2011 – Catherine Mitchell has joined the group to start work on a PhD project that will investigate our ability to determineinteractions between physical and biogeochemical processes from ocean colour remote sensing.
  • Sept 2011 – Claire Neil has successfully defended her PhD and will shortly be jetting off to start a post-doc position with Malik Chami at the Laboratoire d’Oceanographie de Villefranche in the South of France. We are all very jealous but wish her the best of luck in the new job!
  • Aug 2011 – After nearly melting in 104F heat in the USA, David is back to cool off in the Menai Strait, North Wales on the first field work with Bangor and Plymouth Universities for the NERC funded particle size / scattering project.
  • July 2011 – David McKee spent four weeks in Rhode Island, USA visiting Dr Mike Twardowski at WETLabs Research Division to continue collaboration on spectral deconvolution approaches.
  • June 2011 – The group welcomed Dr Violeta Sanjuan Calzado from the NATO Underwater Research Centre in La Spezia, Italy who visited to discuss continuing and new joint research themes.
  • May 2011 – David McKee is awarded a MASTS Senior Lectureship in the Physics Department. David would like to thank all who have contributed to this success over many years and looks forward to continuing and developing new collaborations with friends and colleagues, old and new!
  • Mar 2011 – paper on effective scattering phase functions for multiple scattering applications published in Optics Express. Joint publication with Prof Jacek Piskozub from Polish Academy of Sciences in Sopot, Poland and David McKee.

  • Oct 2010 – NERC funded project to investigate potential impact of particle aggregation on optical properties of natural particle populations in marine environment starts. Collaboration with Dr David Bowers from University of Bangor and Dr Alex Nimmo-Smith from the University of Plymouth.
  • Sept 2010 – Alex, David, Claire and Danielle attend Ocean Optics XX conference in Anchorage, Alaska. Glasgow announced as preferred bidder for Ocean Optics XXI in 2012.

  • Aug 2010 – Prof Jacek Piskozub visits group to continue collaborative work with David McKee. Visit funded by Royal Society of Edinburgh International Exchange Scheme with Polish Academy of Sciences.
  • Jul 2010 – NERC standard grant award for David McKee in collaboration with Dr David Bowers from University of Bangor and Dr Alex Nimmo-Smith from the University of Plymouth. Total funding of ~£1m to study impact of particle aggregation on optical properties of natural particle populations in marine environment.
  • May 2010 – David McKee and Jennifer Moore take part in North Sea Cruise on German research ship MV Heincke. Fieldwork supports on-going collaboration with Dr Rudiger Rottgers from GKSS, Germany.

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