Imperial College London

DrErikvan Sebille

Faculty of Natural SciencesThe Grantham Institute for Climate Change

Honorary Lecturer
 
 
 
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Sherfield BuildingSouth Kensington Campus

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Duncan EM, Arrowsmith J, Bain C, Broderick AC, Lee J, Metcalfe K, Pikesley SK, Snape RTE, van Sebille E, Godley BJet al., 2018, The true depth of the Mediterranean plastic problem: Extreme microplastic pollution on marine turtle nesting beaches in Cyprus, MARINE POLLUTION BULLETIN, Vol: 136, Pages: 334-340, ISSN: 0025-326X

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Kontopoulos DG, van Sebille E, Lange M, Yvon-Durocher G, Barraclough T, Pawar Set al., 2018, Phytoplankton thermal responses adapt in the absence of hard thermodynamic constraints

To better predict how populations and communities respond to climatic temperature variation, it is necessary to understand how the shape of the response of fitness-related traits to temperature evolves (the thermal performance curve). Currently, there is disagreement about the extent to which the evolution of thermal performance curves is constrained. One school of thought has argued for the prevalence of thermodynamic constraints through enzyme kinetics, whereas another argues that adaptation can - at least partly - overcome such constraints. To shed further light on this debate, we perform a phylogenetic meta-analysis of the thermal performance curve of growth rate of phytoplankton - a globally important functional group -, controlling for potential environmental effects. We find that thermodynamic constraints have a minor influence on the shape of the curve. In particular, we detect a very weak increase of the maximum curve height with the temperature at which the curve peaks, suggesting a weak "hotter-is-better" constraint. Also, instead of a constant thermal sensitivity of growth across species, as might be expected from strong constraints, we detect phylogenetic signal in this as well as all other curve parameters. Our results suggest that phytoplankton thermal performance curves adapt to thermal environments largely in the absence of hard thermodynamic constraints.

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Hart-Davis MG, Backeberg BC, Halo I, van Sebille E, Johannessen JAet al., 2018, Assessing the accuracy of satellite derived ocean currents by comparing observed and virtual buoys in the Greater Agulhas Region, REMOTE SENSING OF ENVIRONMENT, Vol: 216, Pages: 735-746, ISSN: 0034-4257

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Fraser C, Morrison AK, Hogg AM, Macaya EC, van Sebille E, Ryan PG, Padovan A, Jack C, Valdivia N, Waters JMet al., 2018, Antarctica's ecological isolation will be broken by storm-driven dispersal and warming, NATURE CLIMATE CHANGE, Vol: 8, Pages: 704-+, ISSN: 1758-678X

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Rodriguez-Zarate CJ, Sandoval-Castillo J, van Sebille E, Keane RG, Rocha-Olivares A, Urteaga J, Beheregaray LBet al., 2018, Isolation by environment in the highly mobile olive ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) in the eastern Pacific, PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, Vol: 285, ISSN: 0962-8452

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Ardhuin F, Aksenov Y, Benetazzo A, Bertino L, Brandt P, Caubet E, Chapron B, Collard F, Cravatte S, Delouis J-M, Dias F, Dibarboure G, Gaultier L, Johannessen J, Korosov A, Manucharyan G, Menemenlis D, Menendez M, Monnier G, Mouche A, Nouguier F, Nurser G, Rampal P, Reniers A, Rodriguez E, Stopa J, Tison C, Ubelmann C, van Sebille E, Xie Jet al., 2018, Measuring currents, ice drift, and waves from space: the Sea surface KInematics Multiscale monitoring (SKIM) concept, OCEAN SCIENCE, Vol: 14, Pages: 337-354, ISSN: 1812-0784

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Phillips JS, Sen Gupta A, Senina I, van Sebille E, Lange M, Lehodey P, Hampton J, Nicol Set al., 2018, An individual-based model of skipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis) movement in the tropical Pacific ocean, PROGRESS IN OCEANOGRAPHY, Vol: 164, Pages: 63-74, ISSN: 0079-6611

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Smith TM, York PH, Broitman BR, Thiel M, Hays GC, van Sebille E, Putman NF, Macreadie PI, Sherman CDHet al., 2018, Rare long-distance dispersal of a marine angiosperm across the Pacific Ocean, GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND BIOGEOGRAPHY, Vol: 27, Pages: 487-496, ISSN: 1466-822X

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Bull CYS, Kiss AE, van Sebille E, Jourdain NC, England MHet al., 2018, The Role of the New Zealand Plateau in the Tasman Sea Circulation and Separation of the East Australian Current, JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-OCEANS, Vol: 123, Pages: 1457-1470, ISSN: 2169-9275

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Cetina-Heredia P, van Sebille E, Matear RJ, Roughan Met al., 2018, Nitrate Sources, Supply, and Phytoplankton Growth in the Great Australian Bight: An Eulerian-Lagrangian Modeling Approach, JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-OCEANS, Vol: 123, Pages: 759-772, ISSN: 2169-9275

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Goddijn-Murphy L, Peters S, Van Sebille E, James NA, Gibb Set al., 2018, Concept for a hyperspectral remote sensing algorithm for floating macro plastics, MARINE POLLUTION BULLETIN, Vol: 126, Pages: 255-262, ISSN: 0025-326X

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Brach L, Deixonne P, Bernard M-F, Durand E, Desjean M-C, Perez E, van Sebille E, ter Halle Aet al., 2018, Anticyclonic eddies increase accumulation of microplastic in the North Atlantic subtropical gyre, MARINE POLLUTION BULLETIN, Vol: 126, Pages: 191-196, ISSN: 0025-326X

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Hennekam R, Zinke J, van Sebille E, ten Have M, Brummer G-JA, Reichart G-Jet al., 2018, Cocos (Keeling) Corals Reveal 200 Years of Multidecadal Modulation of Southeast Indian Ocean Hydrology by Indonesian Throughflow, PALEOCEANOGRAPHY AND PALEOCLIMATOLOGY, Vol: 33, Pages: 48-60, ISSN: 2572-4525

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, 2018, The occurrence and degradation of aquatic plastic litter based on polymer physicochemical properties: A review, Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, ISSN: 1064-3389

© 2018, © 2018 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. The whereabouts of the overwhelming majority of plastic estimated to enter the environment is unknown. This study’s aim was to combine information about the environmental occurrence and physicochemical properties of widespread polymers to predict the fate of aquatic plastic litter. Polyethylene and polypropylene are common in the surface layer and shorelines; polyester and cellulosic fibres in sewage treatment works, estuarine and deep-sea sediments. Overall, non-buoyant polymers are underrepresented on the ocean surface. Three main explanations are proposed for the missing plastic. The first is accumulation of both buoyant and non-buoyant polymers in sewage treatment works, river and estuarine sediments and along shorelines. The second is settling of non-buoyant polymers into the deep-sea. The third is fragmentation of both buoyant and non-buoyant polymers into particles smaller than captured by existing experimental methods. Some isolation techniques may overrepresent larger, buoyant particles; methodological improvements are needed to capture the full size-range of plastic litter. When microplastics fragment they become neutrally-buoyant, thus nanoplastics are potentially widely dispersed in aquatic systems, both horizontally and vertically. Ultimately, over decades or longer, plastics are potentially solubilized and subsequently biodegraded. The rates at which these processes apply to plastic litter in different environmental compartments remain largely unknown.

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van Sebille E, Griffies SM, Abernathey R, Adams TP, Berloff P, Biastoch A, Blanke B, Chassignet EP, Cheng Y, Cotter CJ, Deleersnijder E, Doos K, Drake HF, Drijfhout S, Gary SF, Heemink AW, Kjellsson J, Koszalka IM, Lange M, Lique C, MacGilchrist GA, Marsh R, Adame CGM, McAdam R, Nencioli F, Paris CB, Piggott MD, Polton JA, Ruehs S, Shah SHAM, Thomas MD, Wang J, Wolfram PJ, Zanna L, Zika JDet al., 2018, Lagrangian ocean analysis: Fundamentals and practices, OCEAN MODELLING, Vol: 121, Pages: 49-75, ISSN: 1463-5003

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McAdam R, van Sebille E, 2018, Surface Connectivity and Interocean Exchanges From Drifter-Based Transition Matrices, JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-OCEANS, Vol: 123, Pages: 514-532, ISSN: 2169-9275

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Bull CYS, Kiss AE, Jourdain NC, England MH, van Sebille Eet al., 2017, Wind Forced Variability in Eddy Formation, Eddy Shedding, and the Separation of the East Australian Current, JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-OCEANS, Vol: 122, Pages: 9980-9998, ISSN: 2169-9275

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Lange M, van Sebille E, 2017, Parcels v0.9: prototyping a Lagrangian ocean analysis framework for the petascale age, GEOSCIENTIFIC MODEL DEVELOPMENT, Vol: 10, Pages: 4175-4186, ISSN: 1991-959X

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Axelsson C, van Sebille E, 2017, Prevention through policy: Urban macroplastic leakages to the marine environment during extreme rainfall events, MARINE POLLUTION BULLETIN, Vol: 124, Pages: 211-227, ISSN: 0025-326X

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Koelmans AA, Kooi M, Law KL, van Sebille Eet al., 2017, All is not lost: deriving a top-down mass budget of plastic at sea, ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS, Vol: 12, ISSN: 1748-9326

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Kruger L, Ramos JA, Xavier JC, Gremillet D, Gonzalez-Solis J, Kolbeinsson Y, Militao T, Navarro J, Petry MV, Phillips RA, Ramirez I, Reyes-Gonzalez JM, Ryan PG, Sigurdsson IA, Van Sebille E, Wanless RM, Paiva VHet al., 2017, Identification of candidate pelagic marine protected areas through a seabird seasonal-, multispecific- and extinction risk-based approach, ANIMAL CONSERVATION, Vol: 20, Pages: 409-424, ISSN: 1367-9430

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Coleman MA, Cetina-Heredia P, Roughan M, Feng M, van Sebille E, Kelaher BPet al., 2017, Anticipating changes to future connectivity within a network of marine protected areas, GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY, Vol: 23, Pages: 3533-3542, ISSN: 1354-1013

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Everett JD, van Sebille E, Taylor MD, Suthers IM, Setio C, Cetina-Heredia P, Smith JAet al., 2017, Dispersal of Eastern King Prawn larvae in a western boundary current: New insights from particle tracking, FISHERIES OCEANOGRAPHY, Vol: 26, Pages: 513-525, ISSN: 1054-6006

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Lange M, van Sebille E, 2017, Parcels v0.9: prototyping a Lagrangian Ocean Analysis framework for the petascale age, Geoscientific Model Development Discussions, Pages: 1-20

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Cozar A, Marti E, Duarte CM, Garcia-de-Lomas J, van Sebille E, Ballatore TJ, Eguiluz VM, Gonzalez-Gordillo JI, Pedrotti ML, Echevarria F, Trouble R, Irigoien Xet al., 2017, The Arctic Ocean as a dead end for floating plastics in the North Atlantic branch of the Thermohaline Circulation, SCIENCE ADVANCES, Vol: 3, ISSN: 2375-2548

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, 2017, Using numerical model simulations to improve the understanding of micro-plastic distribution and pathways in the marine environment, Frontiers in Marine Science, Vol: 4

© 2017 Hardesty, Harari, Isobe, Lebreton, Maximenko, Potemra, van Sebille, Vethaak and Wilcox. Numerical modeling is one of the key tools with which we can gain insight into the distribution of marine litter, especially micro-plastics. Over the past decade, a series of numerical simulations have been constructed that specifically target floating marine litter, based on ocean models of various complexity. Some of these models include the effects of currents, waves, and wind as well as a series of processes that impact how particles interact with ocean currents, including fragmentation and degradation. Here, we give an overview of these models, including their spatial and temporal resolution, limitations, availability, and what we have learned from them. Then we focus on floating marine micro-plastics (< 5 mm diameter) and we make recommendations for experimental research efforts that can improve the skill of the models by increasing our understanding of the processes that govern the dispersion of marine litter. In addition, we highlight the importance of knowing accurately the sources or entry points of marine plastic debris, including potential sources that have not been incorporated in previous studies (e.g., atmospheric contributions). Finally, we identify information gaps and priority work areas for research. We also highlight the need for appreciating and acknowledging the uncertainty that persists regarding the movement, transportation and accumulation of anthropogenic litter in the marine environment.

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Turney CSM, Fogwill CJ, Palmer JG, van Sebille E, Thomas Z, McGlone M, Richardson S, Wilmshurst JM, Fenwick P, Zunz V, Goosse H, Wilson K-J, Carter L, Lipson M, Jones RT, Harsch M, Clark G, Marzinelli E, Rogers T, Rainsley E, Ciasto L, Waterman S, Thomas ER, Visbeck Met al., 2017, Tropical forcing of increased Southern Ocean climate variability revealed by a 140-year subantarctic temperature reconstruction, CLIMATE OF THE PAST, Vol: 13, Pages: 231-248, ISSN: 1814-9324

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Hellweger FL, van Sebille E, Calfee BC, Chandler JW, Zinser ER, Swan BK, Fredrick NDet al., 2016, The Role of Ocean Currents in the Temperature Selection of Plankton: Insights from an Individual-Based Model, PLOS ONE, Vol: 11, ISSN: 1932-6203

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Turney CSM, Fogwill CJ, Palmer JG, van Sebille E, Thomas Z, McGlone M, Richardson S, Wilmshurst JM, Fenwick P, Zunz V, Goosse H, Wilson K-J, Carter L, Lipson M, Jones RT, Harsch M, Clark G, Marzinelli E, Rogers T, Rainsley E, Ciasto L, Waterman S, Thomas ER, Visbeck Met al., Tropical forcing of increased Southern Ocean climate variability revealed by a 140-year subantarctic temperate reconstruction, Climate of the Past Discussions, Pages: 1-24

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Fogwill CJ, van Sebille E, Cougnon EA, Turney CSM, Rintoul SR, Galton-Fenzi BK, Clark GF, Marzinelli EM, Rainsley EB, Carter Let al., 2016, Brief communication: Impacts of a developing polynya off Commonwealth Bay, East Antarctica, triggered by grounding of iceberg B09B, CRYOSPHERE, Vol: 10, Pages: 2603-2609, ISSN: 1994-0416

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