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Paul Dees

Postdoctoral Fellow, Postdoctoral Fellow, SEAS Fellow
  • E-mailpaul.dees@uib.no
  • Visitor Address
    Allégaten 70
    5007 Bergen
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7803
    5020 Bergen

I completed my PhD during 2021, at the University of the Highands and Islands in Scotland. I studied the ecology of harmful algal blooms, and how they are advected towards the Shetland Islands. I am using the experience and knowledge gained during my PhD and prior education in my new position at the University of Bergen as a SEAS Postdoctoral Fellow.


As a SEAS fellow I am working at the Geophysical Institute, where I am trying to find a machine learning method to predict what will happen to plankton in response to rising sea surface temperatures. There are a number of long-term plankton time series around the world, which are invaluable in letting scientists track how changes to the physical ocean influence the plankton community. I hope to feed model and field derived measurements of physical data into a computer, along with zoo and phytoplankton data from these long-term plankton time series. I hope this will help predictions of changes in life in the ocean where long-term plankton datasets are not operational. It will also help to predict future changes to oceanic life in the anthropocene.



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Academic article
  • Show author(s) (2023). Operational modelling to assess advective harmful algal bloom development and its potential to impact aquaculture. Harmful Algae.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

Dees, Paul, Andrew Dale, Callum Whyte, Beth Muoat, and Keith Davidson. Operational Modelling to Assess Advective Harmful Algal Bloom Development and Its Potential to Impact Aquaculture. Harmful Algae 129, no. 102517 (2023): 1 16. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hal.2023.102517.


Dees, Paul. Improving the Predictability of Harmful Algal Blooms around the Shetland Islands. PhD, University of the Highlands and Islands, 2021. https://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?uin=uk.bl.ethos.858298.


Dees, Paul, Eileen Bresnan, Andrew Dale, Martin Edwards, David Johns, Beth Mouat, and Keith Davidson. Harmful Algal Blooms in the Eastern North Atlantic Ocean. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1715499114.