Mark James Hopwood

Assistant Professor Department of Ocean Science and Engineering

Mark Hopwood studied Chemistry at undergraduate and masters level at The University of Manchester (UK) before moving to The School of Ocean and Earth Science at The University of Southampton (UK) to complete a PhD in iron biogeochemistry in freshwater and coastal environments. Following completion of his PhD he moved to GEOMAR in Kiel (Germany) where he completed postdocs working the projects Ocean Certain (EU) and Climate-Biogeochemistry Interactions in the Tropical Ocean (SFB754).

He was then awarded DFG funding to pursue his own research investigating how climate change is affecting marine biogeochemistry around Greenland and the Antarctic Peninsula. He has participated in over 8 oceanographic research cruises and spent over 8 months on polar field campaigns in Svalbard, Greenland and Antarctica.

In 2021 he moved to SUSTech. His research interests are how biogeochemistry in the coastal ocean will respond to climate change on decadal timescales. Ongoing research projects include cruise work across the Pacific, Arctic and Antarctic Peninsula. Candidates interested in PhD or postdoc positions are welcome to get in touch.

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Marine biogeochemistry, polar environments, nutrients, trace metals


Lecturer for modules Marine Bigoeochemical Cycles (graduate), Analytical Chemistry in Seawater (undergraduate), Introduction to Chemical Oceanography (undergraduate), Practical Oceanography (undergraduate)

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  1. Krisch, S. et al. The effect of ice cavities on ice sheet nutrient export: A case study at Nioghalvfjerdsbrae, the 79°N Glacier. Nat. Commun. (Accepted)
  2. Vergara-Jara, M. J. et al. A mosaic of phytoplankton responses across Patagonia, the SE Pacific and SW Atlantic Ocean to ash deposition and trace metal release from the Calbuco 2015 volcanic eruption. Ocean Sci. Discuss. 2020, 1–42 (2020). (Accepted)
  3. Browning, T. J. et al. Iron regulation of North Atlantic eddy phytoplankton productivity. Geophys. Res. Lett. (2021) doi:10.1029/2020gl091403.
  4. Geißler, F. et al. Lab-on-chip analyser for the in situ determination of dissolved manganese in seawater. Sci. Rep. 11, (2021).
  5. Cantoni, C. et al. Glacial drivers of marine biogeochemistry indicate a future shift to more corrosive conditions in an Arctic fjord. J. Geophys. Res. Biogeosciences n/a, e2020JG005633 (2020).
  6. Bach, L. T. et al. Factors controlling plankton community production, export flux, and particulate matter stoichiometry in the coastal upwelling system off Peru. Biogeosciences 17, (2020).
  7. Krisch, S. et al. The influence of Arctic Fe and Atlantic fixed N on summertime primary production in Fram Strait, North Greenland Sea. Sci. Rep. 10, 15230 (2020).
  8. Browning, T. J. et al. Nutrient regulation of late spring phytoplankton blooms in the midlatitude North Atlantic. Limnol. Oceanogr. (2019) doi:10.1002/lno.11376.
  9. Hopwood, M. J. et al. Review article: How does glacier discharge affect marine biogeochemistry and primary production in the Arctic? Cryosph. (2020) doi:10.5194/tc-14-1347-2020.
  10. Vieira, L. H. et al. Unprecedented Fe delivery from the Congo River margin to the South Atlantic Gyre. Nat. Commun. (2020) doi:10.1038/s41467-019-14255-2.
  11. Hopwood, M. J. et al. Fe(II) stability in coastal seawater during experiments in Patagonia, Svalbard, and Gran Canaria. Biogeosciences (2020) doi:10.5194/bg-17-1327-2020.
  12. Straneo, F. et al. The case for a sustained Greenland Ice sheet-Ocean Observing System (GrIOOS). Frontiers in Marine Science (2019) doi:10.3389/fmars.2019.00138.
  13. Höfer, J. et al. The role of water column stability and wind mixing in the production/export dynamics of two bays in the Western Antarctic Peninsula. Prog. Oceanogr. (2019) doi:10.1016/j.pocean.2019.01.005.
  14. Hopwood, M. J. et al. Non-linear response of summertime marine productivity to increased meltwater discharge around Greenland. Nat. Commun. 9, 3256 (2018).
  15. Hopwood, M. Iron from ice. Nat. Geosci. (2018) doi:10.1038/s41561-018-0167-8.
  16. Hopwood, M. J. et al. Photochemical vs. Bacterial Control of H2O2 Concentration Across a pCO2 Gradient Mesocosm Experiment in the Subtropical North Atlantic. Frontiers in Marine Science vol. 5 105 (2018).
  17. Menzel Barraqueta, J.-L. et al. Aluminium in the North Atlantic Ocean and the Labrador Sea (GEOTRACES GA01 section): roles of continental inputs and biogenic particle removal. Biogeosciences 2018, 1–28 (2018).
  18. Hopwood, M. J., Rapp, I., Schlosser, C. & Achterberg, E. P. Hydrogen peroxide in deep waters from the Mediterranean Sea, South Atlantic and South Pacific Oceans. Sci. Rep. 7, (2017).
  19. Hopwood, M. J. et al. A Comparison between Four Analytical Methods for the Measurement of Fe(II) at Nanomolar Concentrations in Coastal Seawater. Frontiers in Marine Science vol. 4 192 (2017).
  20. Geißler, F. et al. Evaluation of a ferrozine based autonomous in situ lab-on-chip analyzer for dissolved iron species in coastal waters. Front. Mar. Sci. 4, (2017).
  21. Hopwood, M. J., Cantoni, C., Clarke, J. S., Cozzi, S. & Achterberg, E. P. The heterogeneous nature of Fe delivery from melting icebergs. Geochemical Perspect. Lett. 3, 200–209 (2017).
  22. Meire, L. et al. High export of dissolved silica from the Greenland Ice Sheet. Geophys. Res. Lett. 43, 9173–9182 (2016).
  23. Hopwood, M. J. et al. Seasonal Changes in Fe along a Glaciated Greenlandic Fjord. Front. Earth Sci. 4, (2016).
  24. Hopwood, M. J., Statham, P. J., Skrabal, S. A. & Willey, J. D. Dissolved iron(II) ligands in river and estuarine water. Mar. Chem. 173, 173–182 (2015).
  25. Hopwood, M. J., Bacon, S., Arendt, K., Connelly, D. P. & Statham, P. J. Glacial meltwater from Greenland is not likely to be an important source of Fe to the North Atlantic. Biogeochemistry 124, (2015).
  26. Willey, J. D., et al. The role of fossil fuel combustion on the stability of dissolved iron in rainwater. Atmos. Environ. 107, 187–193 (2015).
  27. Hopwood, M. J., Statham, P. J. & Milani, A. Dissolved Fe(II) in a river-estuary system rich in dissolved organic matter. Estuar. Coast. Shelf Sci. 151, 1–9 (2014).
  28. Hopwood, M. J., Statham, P. J., Tranter, M. & Wadham, J. L. Glacial flours as a potential source of Fe(II) and Fe(III) to polar waters. Biogeochemistry 118, 443–452 (2014).

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To assist foreign professors in the establishment and running a chemistry laboratory. Routine jobs will include maintain a stock of chemicals, assisting with the purchase of new technical equipment, conducting and organizing training for routine laboratory work, assisting with routine analysis of samples, coordinating laboratory access for students, organizing shipments of samples and equipment around the world.

Our areas of interest will be in coastal oceanography (analysis of nutrients, metals, organic compounds). We will work closely with other members of the Chemical Oceanography group at SUSTech. Subject to the interests of the applicant, there will be optional opportunities to travel abroad (joining research cruises in the Atlantic or Pacific), to contribute to research papers, and/or to produce promotional material for the group/department.

Job requirements:

  1. Undergraduate (BSc) degree in Chemistry, Biology, Oceanography, Marine Science, Environmental Science or similar. Either a Masters degree or professional work experience is advantageous but not essential.
  2. Oral fluency in English, experience of studying/working abroad is advantageous but not essential. Written and oral fluency in Mandarin is essential.
  3. Responsible, proactive, strong team spirit and independent execution ability.

Start date flexible from May 2021.

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