Erik Buitenhuis

University of East Anglia

Senior researcher

My research ranges from microbial physiology to Earth system science on timescales from hours to decades. To allow this wide range of relevant processes to be integrated, I am building a global ocean biogeochemical model that is based on plankton functional types (a Dynamic Green Ocean Model). To keep this model realistic and allow extrapolation into climate change scenarios, I place strong emphasis on data-synthesis of observations to derive model equations, estimate parameters and to evaluate the results. Moreover, I incorporate known physical mechanisms and ecological relationships as additional constraints. To make use of developments in this range of research fields, I instigate and participate in many UK and international collaborations.


Le Quéré, C., Buitenhuis, E. T., Moriarty, R., Alvain, S., Aumont, O., Bopp, L., Chollet, S., Enright, C., Franklin, D. J., Geider, R. J., Harrison, S. P., Hirst, A. G., Larsen, S., Legendre, L., Platt, T., Prentice, I. C., Rivkin, R. B., Sailley, S., Sathyendranath, S., Stephens, N., Vogt, M., Vallina, S. M. (2016) Role of zooplankton dynamics for Southern Ocean phytoplankton biomass and global biogeochemical cycles Full Text UEA Repository

Beaulieu, C., Cole, H., Henson, S., Yool, A., Anderson, T., De Mora, L., Buitenhuis, E. T., Butenschön, M., Totterdell, I. J., Allen, J. I. (2016) Marine regime shifts in ocean biogeochemical models: a case study in the Gulf of Alaska Full Text UEA Repository

 Stawiarski, B., Buitenhuis, E. T., Le Quéré, C. (2016) The physiological response of picophytoplankton to temperature and its model representation Full Text UEA Repository

Lee, Y. J., Matrai, P. A., Friedrichs, M. A. M., Saba, V. S., Aumont, O., Babin, M., Buitenhuis, E. T., Chevallier, M., de Mora, L., Dessert, M., Dunne, J. P., Ellingsen, I., Feldman, D., Frouin, R., Gehlen, M., Gorgues, T., Ilyina, T., Jin, M., John, J. G., Lawrence, J., Manizza, M., Menkes, C. E., Perruche, C., Le Fouest, V., Popova, E., Romanou, A., Samuelsen, A., Schwinger, J., Séférian, R., Stock, C. A., Tjiputra, J., Bruno Tremblay, L., Ueyoshi, K., Vichi, M., Yool, A., Zhang, J. (2016) Net primary productivity estimates and environmental variables in the Arctic Ocean: An assessment of coupled physical-biogeochemical models Full Text UEA Repository

Brun, P., Vogt, M., Payne, M. R., Gruber, N., O'brien, C. J., Buitenhuis, E. T., Le Quéré, C., Leblanc, K., Luo, Y. (2015) Ecological niches of open ocean phytoplankton taxa: Niches of open ocean phytoplankton Full Text UEA Repository

Hauck, J., Völker, C., Wolf-gladrow, D., Laufkötter, C., Vogt, M., Aumont, O., Bopp, L., Buitenhuis, E., Doney, S. C., Dunne, J., Gruber, N., Hashioka, T., John, J., Le Quéré, C., Lima, I. D., Nakano, H., Séférian, R., Totterdell, I. (2015) On the Southern Ocean CO2 uptake and the role of the biological carbon pump in the 21st century: CO2 uptake in future Southern Ocean Full Text UEA Repository

Laufkötter, C., Vogt, M., Gruber, N., Aita-noguchi, M., Aumont, O., Bopp, L., Buitenhuis, E., Doney, S. C., Dunne, J., Hashioka, T., Hauck, J., Hirata, T., John, J., Le Quéré, C., Lima, I. D., Nakano, H., Seferian, R., Totterdell, I., Vichi, M., Völker, C. (2015) Drivers and uncertainties of future global marine primary production in marine ecosystem models Full Text UEA Repository

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