Nathan Briggs
Post-doctoral researcher (2015 - present)
Contact information:
Phone: +33 (0)4 93 76 37 38
Fax: +33 (0)4 93 76 37 39
PhD in Oceanography (2010 - 2014)
University of Maine, Orono, Maine, USA
Dissertation topic: Using temporal variability in optical measurements to quantify phytoplankton production, particle size, and aggregation during the North Atlantic spring bloom

Master Degree (2008 - 2010)

University of Maine, Orono, USA
Dissertation topic: Analysis of optical spikes reveals dynamics of aggregates in the twilight zone.
Research interests:
ocean carbon export and sequestration; particle size; phytoplankton ecology; aggregation; marine bio-optics; autonomous sensing platforms


  • Organelli, E., Barbieux, M., Claustre, H., Schmechtig, C., Poteau, A., Bricaud, A., Boss, E., Briggs, N., Dall’Olmo, G., D’Ortenzio, F., Leymarie, E., Mangin, A., Obolensky, G., Penkerc'h, C., Prieur, L., Roesler, C., Serra, R., Uitz, J. and X. Xing (2017). Two databases derived from BGC-Argo float measurements for biogeochemical and bio-optical applications at the global scale
  • Rembauville, M., Briggs, N., Ardyna, M., Uitz, J., Catala, P., Penkerc’ch, C., Poteau, A., Claustre, H. and S. Blain (2017). Plankton assemblage estimated with BGC-Argo floats in the Southern Ocean. Journal of Geophysical Research, submitted.
  • 2017

  • Roesler, C., J. Uitz, J, Claustre, H., Boss, E., Xing, X., Organelli, E., Briggs, N., Bricaud, A., Schmechtig, C., Poteau, A., D’Ortenzio, F., Ras, J., Drapeau, S., Haëntjens, N. and M. Barbieux (2017), Recommendations for obtaining unbiased chlorophyll estimates fromin situ chlorophyll fluorometers: A global analysis of WET Labs ECOsensors, Limnology and Oceanography methods, doi: 10.1002/lom3.10185

  • Omand, M.M., D'Asaro, E., Lee, C, Perry, M. J., Briggs, N., Cetinić, I., Mahadevan, A. (2015). Eddy-driven subduction exports particulate organic carbon from the spring bloom. Science 348 (6231), 222-225.
    Cetinić, I., Perry, M. J., D'Asaro, E., Briggs, N., Poulton, N., Sieracki, M.E., Lee, C. (2015). A simple optical index shows spatial and temporal heterogeneity in phytoplankton community composition during the 2008 North Atlantic Bloom Experiment. Biogeosciences 12 (7), 2179-2194.
  • Alkire, M. B., Lee, C., D'Asaro, E., Perry, M. J., Briggs, N., Cetinić, I., Gray, A., (2014). Net community production and export from Seaglider measurements in the North Atlantic after the spring bloom. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 119 (9), 6121-6139.
  • Briggs, N. T., Slade, W. H., Boss, E., & Perry, M. J. (2013). Method for estimating mean particle size from high-frequency fluctuations in beam attenuation or scattering measurements. Applied optics, 52(27), 6710–25.
  • Cetinic, I., Perry, M. J., Briggs, N. T., Kallin, E., D’Asaro, E. a, & Lee, C. M. (2012). Particulate organic carbon and inherent optical properties during 2008 North Atlantic Bloom Experiment. Journal of Geophysical Research, 117.
  • Alkire, M.B., D'Asaro, E.A., Lee, C., Perry, M.J., Gray, A., Cetinic, I., Briggs, N., Rehm, E., Kallin, E., (2012). Estimates of net community production and export using high-resolution, Lagrangian measurements of O2, NO3-, and POC through the evolution of a spring diatom bloom in the North Atlantic. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers.
  • Briggs, N., Perry, M.J., Cetinic, I., Lee, C., D'Asaro, E., Gray, A.M., Rehm, E., (2011). High-resolution observations of aggregate flux during a sub-polar North Atlantic spring bloom. Deep-Sea Research Part I-Oceanographic Research Papers 58 (10), 1031-1039.

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