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Dr. Philip Boyd is a Professor of Marine Biogeochemistry at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, Australia. Dr. Boyd graduated with a BSc. in Marine Biology and Oceanography at University College of North Wales, UK, followed by a PhD in marine microbial ecology at the Queens University of Belfast, Ireland. He was a postdoctoral researcher in both Plymouth and Vancouver as part of the UK and Canadian JGOFS (Joint Global Ocean Flux Study) programmes. In 1996, Philip then took up a position in New Zealand as a phytoplankton ecologist with the National Institute of Water and Atmosphere (NIWA). His research at a collaborative centre between NIWA and the University of Otago was pivotal in the University being ranked first of the 30 leading oceanographic research centres globally over the period 2000-2010 by Thomson Reuters, based on citations to highly-cited papers. Dr. Boyd as leader of this collaborative centre was awarded the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Science Prize in 2011. Dr. Boyd has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed research publications and has been guest editor on seven volumes of thematic ocean sciences publications.

Dr. Boyd has been an invited participant on science steering committees to help in the long-term planning and stewardship of major initiatives such as the global oceanic survey GEOTRACES and the decade-long Surface Ocean Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS). He has taught at each of the six SOLAS Summer Schools, together comprising around 400 alumni across atmospheric and ocean sciences. He served as chair of a SCOR working group on large scale ocean iron fertilisation (2007-2011), which produced an open access relational database of the results from 12 mesoscale iron enrichment experiments. Dr. Boyd was one of six lead authors to write an IPCC chapter on Ocean Systems for the Working Group II 5th Assessment. In 2014 he was the vice-chair of an inaugural Gordon Research Conference on Ocean Global Change Biology, and in 2016 he will chair this meeting along with a Gordon Research Seminar for early career researchers.