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Dr Mark Brandon

Mark Brandon

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Reader in Polar Oceanography
  • Faculty of Science
  • Department of Environment, Earth & Ecosystems
  • mark.brandon

Professional biography

I am a polar oceanographer interested in the interaction of the ocean with the cryosphere, and have currently published more than 30 research articles in this area. If you are interested in my research citation metrics you could look at ResearchID, or go to Google Scholar.

 

Times Higher Innovative Teacher of the Year 2012

 

My main teaching contribution is to the Environmental Awards area of the University curriculum and in November 2012 I won the Times Higher Education Award for "Most Innovative Teacher of the year" (official citation). I have also won three Open University Teaching Awards for my work.

Research interests

My research interests are Antarctic polar oceanography. My particular strengths have been cross disciplinary work and use of robotic and remote sensing technologies. I have active collaborations with Germans, Japanese, American and of course British researchers.  For a full list of my publications please look on Open Research online. One aspect of my research was reported by the BBC in 2010 as Giant icebergs head to watery end at island graveyard here - and for a couple of days the story was one of the most popular on the BBC website.If you are interested in things like citation metrics  then apparently I have a H index of 23 to 25 (depending on which database you look at) - but I would not be so bold as to suggest what this means I am like as a scientist.

I am a member of the NERC Peer Review College, and have sat on many grant panels acting as Vice Chair on many occasions. I was also co-chair of the NERC Ice Sheet Stability Expert Group with Professor Tony Payne (Bristol).

Teaching interests

I have worked on the Environmental Science curriculum. The courses I have contributed to include:

The first level module S175 The Frozen Planet. This course won an OU teaching award for excellence.

The first level module U116 Environment: journeys through a changing world. This course won an OU teaching award for excellence.

The second level module U216 Environment.

The second level module S216 Environmental science.

The third level module S330 Oceanography.

The third level module U316 The Environmental Web. This course won an OU teaching award for excellence.

The MSc course S808 Earth Systems Science

External to the Open University
In 2005 and 2007 I lectured about The Cryosphere at the NERC funded QUEST Earth Systems Science Summer School with Professor Martin Siegert and Dr Finlo Cottier.

I was also a member of the Module team which put together the FutureLearn course Exploring our oceans.

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)CentreFaculty of Science

Publications

Oceanographic observations at the shelf break of the Amundsen Sea, Antarctica (2013-06-13)
Walker, Dziga P.; Jenkins, Adrian; Assmann, Karen M.; Shoosmith, Deborah R. and Brandon, Mark A.
Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 118(6) (pp. 2906-2918)
Primary production export flux in Marguerite Bay (Antarctic Peninsula): linking upper water-column production to sediment trap flux (2013-05)
Weston, Keith; Jickells, Timothy D.; Carson, Damien S.; Clarke, Andrew; Meredith, Michael P.; Brandon, Mark A.; Wallace, Margaret I.; Ussher, Simon J. and Hendry, Katherine R.
Deep-Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 75 (pp. 52-66)
On the characteristics of internal tides and coastal upwelling behaviour in Marguerite Bay, west Antarctic Peninsula (2008-10)
Wallace, Margaret I.; Meredith, Michael P.; Brandon, Mark A.; Sherwin, Toby J.; Dale, Andrew and Clarke, Andrew
Deep-Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 55(18-19) (pp. 2023-2040)
Seasonal and interannual variability in temperature, chlorophyll and macronutrients in northern Marguerite Bay, Antarctica (2008-10)
Clarke, Andrew; Meredith, Michael P.; Wallace, Margaret I.; Brandon, Mark A. and Thomas, David N.
Deep-Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 55(18-19) (pp. 1988-2006)
Autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and investigations of the ice-ocean interface: deploying the Autosub AUV in Antarctic and Arctic waters (2008-05-22)
Dowdeswell, J. A.; Evans, J.; Mugford, R.; Griffiths, G.; McPhail, S.; Millard, N.; Stevenson, P.; Brandon, M. A.; Banks, C.; Heywood, K. J.; Price, M. R.; Dodd, P. A.; Jenkins, A.; Nicholls, K. W.; Hayes, D.; Abrahamsen, E. P; Tyler, P.; Bett, B.; Jones, D.; Wadhams, P.; Wilkinson, J. P.; Stansfield, K. and Ackley, S.
Journal of Glaciology, 54(187) (pp. 661-672)
Variability in the freshwater balance of northern Marguerite Bay, Antarctic Peninsula: results from δ18O (2008-02)
Meredith, Michael P.; Brandon, Mark A.; Wallace, Margaret I.; Clarke, Andrew; Leng, Melanie J.; Renfrew, Ian A.; van Lipzig, Nicole P.M. and King, John C.
Deep-Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 55(3-4) (pp. 309-322)
Oceanic heat transport onto the Amundsen Sea shelf through a submarine glacial trough (2007-01-16)
Walker,, Dziga P.; Brandon, Mark A.; Jenkins, Adrian; Allen, John T.; Dowdeswell, Julian A. and Evans, Jeff
Geophysical Research Letters, 34(L02602) (pp. 1-4)
Measurement of sea-ice draft using upward-looking ADCP on an autonomous underwater vehicle (2006-11)
Banks, C. J.; Brandon, M. A. and Garthwaite, P. H.
Annals of Glaciology, 44(1) (pp. 211-216)
Variability in hydrographic conditions to the east and northwest of South Georgia, 1996-2001 (2005-01)
Meredith, Michael P.; Brandon, Mark A.; Murphy, Eugene J.; Trathan, Philip N.; Thorpe, Sally E.; Bone, Douglas G.; Chemyshkov, Pavel P. and Sushin, Viacheslav A.
Journal of Marine Systems, 53(1-4) (pp. 143-167)
Impact of the 1997/98 ENSO on upper ocean characteristics in Marguerite Bay, western Antarctic Peninsula (2004-09-24)
Meredith, Meredith P.; Renfrew, Ian A.; Clarke, Andrew; King, John C. and Brandon, Mark A.
Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 109(C9) (C09013)
Tracking passive drifters in a high resolution ocean model: implications for interannual variability of larval krill transport to South Georgia (2004-07-29)
Thorpe, S. E.; Heywood, K. J.; Stevens, D. P. and Brandon, M. A.
Deep-Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 51(7) (pp. 909-920)
Biomass of Antarctic krill in the Scotia Sea in January/February 2000 and its use in revising an estimate of precautionary yield (2004-06)
Hewitt, R. P.; Watkins, J.; Naganobu, M.; Sushin, V.; Brierley, A. S.; Demer, D.; Kasatkina, S.; Takao, Y.; Goss, C.; Malyshko, A.; Brandon, M.; Kawaguchi, S.; Siegel, V.; Trathan, P.; Emery, J.; Everson, I. and Miller, D.
Deep-Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 51(12-13) (pp. 1215-1236)
Factors influencing the distribution, biomass, and productivity of phytoplankton in the Scotia Sea and adjoining waters (2004-06)
Holm-Hansen, O.; Naganobu, M.; Kawaguchi, S.; Kameda, T.; Krasovski, I.; Tchernyshkov, P.; Priddle, J.; Korb, R.; Brandon, M.; Demer, D.; Hewitt, R .P.; Kahru, M. and Hewes, C. D.
Deep-Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 51(12-13) (pp. 1333-1350)
Mesozooplankton community structure in the Scotia Sea during the CCAMLR 2000 Survey: January-February 2000 (2004-06)
Ward, Peter; Grant, Sharon; Brandon, Mark; Siegel, Volker; Sushin, Vyacheslav; Loeb, Valerie and Griffiths, Huw
Deep-Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 51(12-13) (pp. 1351-1367)
Physical oceanography in the Scotia Sea during the CCAMLR 2000 survey, austral summer 2000 (2004-06)
Brandon, Mark A.; Naganobu, Mikio; Demer, David A.; Chemyshkov, Pavel; Trathan, Phillip N.; Thorpe, Sally E.; Kameda, Takahiko; Berezhinskiy, Oleg A.; Hawker, Elizabeth J. and Grant, Sharon
Deep-Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 51(12-13) (pp. 1301-1321)
Oceanographic variability and changes in Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) abundance at South Georgia (2003-11)
Trathan, P. N.; Brierley, A. S.; Brandon, M. A.; Bone, D.G.; Goss, C.; Grant, S. A.; Murphy, E. J. and Watkins, J. L.
Fisheries Oceanography, 12(6) (pp. 569-583)
Mesozooplankton community structure across the Antarctic Circumpolar Current to the north of South Georgia: Southern Ocean (2003-07)
Ward, P.; Whitehouse, M.; Brandon, M.; Shreeve, R. and Woodd-Walker, R.
Marine Biology, 143(1) (pp. 121-130)
Transport and variability of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current in Drake Passage (2003-05-31)
Cunningham, S. A.; Alderson, S. G.; King, B. A. and Brandon, M. A.
Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 108(C5) (pp. 1-17)
Biogeochemistry of a Southern Ocean plankton ecosystem: Using natural variability in community composition to study the role of metazooplankton in carbon and nitrogen cycles (2003-04-30)
Priddle, Julian; Whitehouse, Michael J.; Ward, Peter; Shreeve, Rachael S.; Brierley, Andrew S.; Atkinson, Angus; Watkins, Jonathan L.; Brandon, Mark A. and Cripps, Geoffrey C.
Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 108(C4) (pp. 1-13)
An investigation of avoidance by Antarctic krill of RRS James Clark Ross using the Autosub-2 autonomous underwater vehicle (2003-02)
Brierley, A.S; Fernandes, P.G; Brandon, M. A.; Armstrong, F.; Millard, N. W.; McPhail, S. D.; Stevenson, P.; Pebody, M.; Perrett, J.; Squires, M.; Bone, D.G. and Griffiths, G.
Fisheries Research, 60(2-3) (pp. 569-576)
Variability of the southern Antarctic Circumpolar Current front north of South Georgia (2002-11)
Thorpe, Sally E.; Heywood, Karen J.; Brandon, Mark A. and Stevens, David P.
Journal of Marine Systems, 37(1-3) (pp. 87-105)
Setting a precautionary catch limit for Antarctic krill (2002-10)
Hewitt, R. P.; Watkins, J. L.; Naganobu, M.; Tshernyshkov, P.; Brierley, A. S.; Demer, D. A.; Kasatkina, S.; Takao, Y.; Goss, C.; Malyshko, A.; Brandon, M. A.; Kawaguchi, S.; Siegel, V.; Trathan, P. N.; Emery, J. H.; Everson, I. and Miller, D. G. M.
Oceanography, 15(3) (pp. 26-33)
Antarctic krill under sea ice: Elevated abundance in a narrow band just south of ice edge (2002-03-08)
Brierley, Andrew S.; Fernandes, Paul G.; Brandon, Mark A.; Armstrong, Frederick; Millard, Nicholas W.; McPhail, Steven D.; Stevenson, Peter; Pebody, Miles; Perrett, James; Squires, Mark; Bone, Douglas G. and Griffiths, Gwyn
Science, 295(5561) (pp. 1890-1892)
South Georgia, Antarctica: a productive, cold water, pelagic ecosystem (2001-07-06)
Atkinson, A.; Whitehouse, M. J.; Priddle, J.; Cripps, G. C.; Ward, P. and Brandon, M. A.
Marine Ecology Progress Series, 216 (pp. 279-308)
Measurement of ocean temperatures using instruments carried by Antarctic fur seals (2001-01)
Boyd, I. L.; Hawker, E. J.; Brandon, M. A. and Staniland, I. J.
Journal of Marine Systems, 27(4) (pp. 277-288)
Chlorophyll/nutrient characteristics in the water masses to the north of South Georgia, Southern Ocean (2000-06)
Whitehouse, M. J.; Priddle, J. and Brandon, Mark
Polar Biology, 23(6) (pp. 373-372)
Living probes into the marine environment: apex predators as oceanographic platforms (2000-04)
Hooker, Sascha K.; Boyd, Ian L.; Brandon, Mark A. and Hawker, Elizabeth J.
Ocean Challenge, 10(2) (pp. 25-32)
Physical oceanographic conditions to the northwest of the sub-Antarctic Island of South Georgia (2000)
Brandon, M. A.; Murphy, E. J.; Trathan, P. N. and Bone, D. G.
Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 105(C10) (pp. 23983-23996)
Transport and Structure within the Antarctic Circumpolar Current to the North of South Georgia (2000)
Trathan, P. N.; Brandon, M. A.; Murphy, E. J. and Thorpe, S. E.
Geophysical Research Letters, 27(12) (pp. 1727-1730)
Potential for long-distance dispersal of Euphausia crystallorophias in fast current jets (1999)
Brierley, A. S. and Brandon, M. A.
Marine Biology, 135(1) (pp. 77-82)
The shelf break front to the east of the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia (1999)
Brandon, Mark A.; Murphy, Eugene J.; Whitehouse, Michael J.; Trathan, Philip N.; Murray, Alistair W. A.; Bone, Douglas G. and Priddle, Julian
Continental Shelf Research, 19(6) (pp. 799-819)
The near surface hydrography beneath the Odden ice tongue (1999)
Brandon, M. A. and Wadhams, P.
Deep-Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 46(6-7) (pp. 1301-1318)
A comparison of chlorophyll/nutrient dynamics at two survey sites near South Georgia, and the potential role of planktonic nitrogen recycled by land-based predators (1999)
Whitehouse, M. J.; Priddle, J.; Brandon, M. A. and Swanson, C.
Limnology and Oceanography, 44(6) (pp. 1498-1508)
Interannual variability of the South Georgia marine ecosystem: biological and physical sources of variation in the abundance of krill (1998)
Murphy, E. J.; Watkins, J. L.; Reid, K.; Trathan, P. N.; Everson, I.; Croxall, J. P.; Priddle, J.; Brandon, M. A.; Brierley, A. S. and Hofmann, E.
Fisheries Oceanography, 7(3-4) (pp. 381-390)
An assessment of the utility of an acoustic Doppler current profiler for biomass estimation (1998)
Brierley, Andrew S.; Brandon, Mark A. and Watkins, Jonathan L.
Deep-Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 45(9) (pp. 1555-1573)
Characterization of the Antarctic Polar Frontal Zone to the north of South Georgia in summer 1994 (1997)
Trathan, P. N.; Brandon, M. A. and Murphy, E. J.
Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 102(C5) (pp. 10483-10497)
The development of the Odden ice tongue in the Greenland Sea during winter 1993 from remote sensing and field observations (1996)
Wadhams, P.; Comiso, J. C.; Prussen, E.; Wells, S.; Brandon, M.; Aldworth, E.; Viehoff, T.; Allegrino, R. and Crane, D. R.
Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 101(C8) (pp. 18213-18235)
Substantial open-ocean phytoplankton blooms to the north of South Georgia, South Atlantic, during summer (1996)
Whitehouse, M. J.; Priddle, J.; Trathan, P. N. and Brandon, M. A.
Marine Ecology Progress Series, 140(1-3) (pp. 187-197)
Sea ice and oceanography (2009-10)
Brandon, Mark A.; Cottier, Finlo R. and Nilsen, Frank
In: Thomas, David N. and Dieckmann, Gerhard S. eds. Sea Ice
ISBN : 978-1-4051-8580-6 | Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell | Published : UK
Water (2003-03)
Brandon, Mark and Smith, Sandy
In: Morris, Dick; Freeland, Joanna R.; Hinchliffe, Steve and Smith, Sandy eds. Changing Environments. Wiley Environment Series (pp. 185-230)
ISBN : 470849991 | Publisher : John Wiley and Sons | Published : Chichester, UK
Environmental Changes: Global Challenges (2003-12-01)
Brandon, Mark A. and Clark, N. H. eds.
ISBN : 749256788 | Publisher : Open University Worldwide | Published : Milton Keynes, UK
Broadcasting environmental knowledge: Open University & BBC collaborations serving massive global audiences (2013-12-12)
Brandon, Mark; Smith, Joe; Garrow, Kat and Law, Andrew
In : American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2013. (9-13 December 2013, San Francisco)
Hydrographic measurements in Jökulsárlón lagoon, Iceland (2013-12-09)
Brandon, Mark; Hodgkins, Richard; Björnsson, Helgi and Ólaffson, Jón
In : American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2013 (9-13 December 2013, San Francisco, CA, USA)
Oceanographic observations at the shelf break of the Amundsen Sea, Antarctica (2012-04)
Walker, D. P.; Jenkins, A.; Brandon, M.; Assmann, K. and Shoosmith, D.
In : EGU General Assembly 2012 (22-27 April 2012, Vienna) (p 11070)
Creative climate: a global ten-year communications, research and learning project about environmental change (2010-12)
Brandon, Mark and Smith, Jonathan
In : Fall Meeting American Geophysical Union (13-17 Dec 2010, San Francisco, California, USA.)
The far field effect of ice shelf calving: the oceanographic effect of the decay of large tabular icebergs at South Georgia (2010-10-13)
Brandon, M. A.; Enderlien, P. and Murphy, E.J.
In : Abstract C23C-0648 presented at AGU Fall Meeting (13-17 Dec 2010, San Francisco, CA, USA)
Oceanographic observations at the Amundsen sea shelf break (2004)
Jenkins, Adrian; Hayes, Dan; Brandon, Mark; Pozzi-Walker, Ziggy; Hardy, Sarah and Banks, Christopher
In : 17th International Workshop of the Forum for Research into Ice Shelf Processes (FRISP) (17-18 June 2003, Cambridge, England, UK)