Biography

I am Professor of Physical Oceanography in the Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric sciences (COAS), School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia (UEA), UK.  I was (and still am) the only female professor of physical oceanography in the UK.  I am a physicist by background, which I then applied to ocean physics.I have devoted my career to furthering understanding of physical processes in the ocean, often using new observational technology (e.g. satellite altimetry in the 1980s and 1990s; ocean gliders in the 2010s). In the 1990s I was active in the World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WOCE), leading (as Chief Scientist) one of the UK’s two large WOCE hydrographic sections, A23, from Antarctica to Brazil in 1995. These high-quality sections now form the basis of current climate change assessments and the gold standard against which models are evaluated. My current research is global (e.g. Indian Ocean, North Atlantic), and I enjoy close scientific collaborations with biogeochemists, meteorologists and numerical modellers.

 

I particularly enjoy supporting early career researchers as they venture into science. I have supervised over 30 PhD students and over 20 postdoctoral researchers.  I teach environmental physics, physical oceanography and ocean observing systems at UEA. 

 

 

PhD Positions

Click here for current PhD opportunities in the School of Environmental Sciences. However, feel free to email me to discuss projects outside these areas and alternative sources of funding.

 

All Publications

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Thompson, A., Lazar, A., Buckingham, C., Naveira Garabato, A. C., Damerell, G., Heywood, K.

(2016)

Open-ocean submesoscale motions: A full seasonal cycle of mixed layer instabilities from gliders

in Journal of Physical Oceanography

46.

pp. 1285–1307

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Buckingham, C., Naveira Garabato, A. C., Thompson, A., Brannigan, L., Lazar, A., Marshall, D. P., Nurser, A. G., Damerell, G., Heywood, K., Belcher, S. E.

(2016)

Seasonality of submesoscale flows in the ocean surface boundary layer

in Geophysical Research Letters

43.

pp. 2118–2126

Full Text UEA Repository

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Queste, B., Fernand, L., Jickells, T., Heywood, K., Hind, A.

(2016)

Drivers of summer oxygen depletion in the central North Sea.

in Biogeosciences

13.

pp. 1209-1222

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Damerell, G., Heywood, K., Thompson, A., Binetti, U., Kaiser, J.

(2016)

The vertical structure of upper ocean variability at the Porcupine Abyssal Plain during 2012-2013

in Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans

121.

pp. 3075–3089

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Liblik, T., Karstensen, J., Testor, P., Alenius, P., Hayes, D., Ruiz, S., Heywood, K., Pouliquen, S., Mortier, L., Mauri, E.

(2016)

Potential for an underwater glider component as part of the Global Ocean Observing System

in Methods in Oceanography

17.

pp. 50-82

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Biddle, L. C., Kaiser, J., Heywood, K. J., Thompson, A., Jenkins, A.

(2015)

Ocean glider observations of iceberg-enhanced biological production in the northwestern Weddell Sea: Iceberg enhanced production

in Geophysical Research Letters

42.

pp. 459-465

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Heuzé, C., Heywood, K. J., Stevens, D. P., Ridley, J. K.

(2015)

Changes in global ocean bottom properties and volume transports in CMIP5 models under climate change scenarios

in Journal of Climate

28.

pp. 2917–2944

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Queste, B. Y., Heywood, K. J., Smith, W. O., Kaufman, D. E., Jickells, T. D., Dinniman, M. S.

(2015)

Dissolved oxygen dynamics during a phytoplankton bloom in the Ross Sea polynya

in Antarctic Science

27.

pp. 362-372

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Youngs, M. K., Thompson, A. F., Flexas, M. M., Heywood, K. J.

(2015)

Weddell Sea Export Pathways from Surface Drifters

in Journal of Physical Oceanography

45.

pp. 1068-1085

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Heuzé, C., Ridley, J. K., Calvert, D., Stevens, D. P., Heywood, K. J.

(2015)

Increasing vertical mixing to reduce Southern Ocean deep convection in NEMO3.4

in Geoscientific Model Development

8.

pp. 3119-3130

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Heywood, K. J., Schmidtko, S., Heuzé, C., Kaiser, J., Jickells, T. D., Queste, B. Y., Stevens, D. P., Wadley, M., Thompson, A. F., Fielding, S., Guihen, D., Creed, E., Ridley, J. K., Smith, W.

(2014)

Ocean processes at the Antarctic continental slope

in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences

372.

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Wadley, M. R., Jickells, T. D., Heywood, K. J.

(2014)

The role of iron sources and transport for Southern Ocean productivity

in Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers

87.

pp. 82-94

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Webber, B. G. M., Matthews, A. J., Heywood, K. J., Kaiser, J., Schmidtko, S.

(2014)

Seaglider observations of equatorial Indian Ocean Rossby waves associated with the Madden-Julian Oscillation

in Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans

119.

pp. 3714-3731

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Inall, M., Murray, T., Cottier, F. R., Scharrer, K., Boyd, T., Heywood, K., Bevan, S.

(2014)

Oceanic heat delivery via Kangerdlugssuaq Fjord to the south-east Greenland ice sheet

in Journal of Geophysical Research

119.

pp. 631–645

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Matthews, A., Baranowski, D., Heywood, K., Flatau, P., Schmidtko, S.

(2014)

The surface diurnal warm layer in the Indian Ocean during CINDY/DYNAMO

in Journal of Climate

27.

pp. 9101–9122

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Schmidtko, S., Heywood, K. J., Thompson, A. F., Aoki, S.

(2014)

Multidecadal warming of Antarctic waters

in Science

346.

pp. 1227-1231

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Guihen, D., Fielding, S., Murphy, E. J., Heywood, K. J., Griffiths, G.

(2014)

An assessment of the use of ocean gliders to undertake acoustic measurements of zooplankton: the distribution and density of Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) in the Weddell Sea.: Measurement of zooplankton from a glider

in Limnology and Oceanography: Methods

12.

pp. 373-389

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Kaufman, D. E., Friedrichs, M. A., Smith, W. O., Queste, B. Y., Heywood, K. J.

(2014)

Biogeochemical variability in the southern Ross Sea as observed by a glider deployment

in Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers

92.

pp. 93-106

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Thompson, A. F., Heywood, K. J., Schmidtko, S., Stewart, A. L.

(2014)

Eddy transport as a key component of the Antarctic overturning circulation

in Nature Geoscience

7.

pp. 879-884

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Smith, W., Goetz, K., Kaufman, D., Queste, B., Asper, V., Costa, D., Dinniman, M., Friedrichs, M., Hofmann, E., Heywood, K., Klink, J., Kohut, J., Lee, C.

(2014)

Multiplatform, Multidisciplinary Investigations of the Impacts of Modified Circumpolar Deep Water in the Ross Sea, Antarctica

in Oceanography

27.

pp. 180-185

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Key Research Interests

My research group tries to understand the processes occurring in the ocean that are important for climate.  I am primarily an observational oceanographer, enjoying going on research cruises, but I also like to use numerical models, satellite remote sensing, or whatever tools seem appropriate. At the moment I am enthused by the new opportunities offered by ocean gliders, autonomous robots that can make measurements of the ocean in places that are otherwise too difficult.  This includes trying to understand the ocean-ice interaction in the Antarctic.

Publications: EPrints Digital Repository


Royal Society Summer Exhibit Web Page:     http://sse.royalsociety.org/2013/exhibits/salty-ocean/

 

I have participated in the following research cruises:

RRS Discovery 145                 North Atlantic              February-March 1984

RRS Charles Darwin 22           Indian Ocean               April-May 1987

RRS Charles Darwin 24           Indian Ocean               June-July 1987

RRS Challenger                      North Sea                     August 1988

RV Wecoma                           Eastern Pacific             January-February 1989

RRS Charles Darwin 62           North Atlantic              August-September 1991

RRS Discovery 199                 South Atlantic              Dec 1992-February 1993

RRS James Clark Ross 10 (Chief Scientist)       Southern Ocean    March-May 1995

RRS James Clark Ross 40 (Chief Scientist)       Southern Ocean    March-April 1999

RRS James Clark Ross 80 (Chief Scientist)       Southern Ocean     April-May 2003

RRS James Clark Ross 106                             Nordic Seas            August-September 2004

RRS James Clark Ross 158 (Chief Scientist)     Weddell Sea            February 20007

RRS James Clark Ross 255 (Chief Scientist)     Weddell Sea            February 2012

RRS James Clark Ross 294 (Chief Scientist)     Amundsen Sea        January-March 2014.

 

I am the leader of the UEA Glider Science group, the only UK university group owning and operating ocean gliders. I have led and piloted deployments of UEA’s Seaglider fleet in the North Atlantic (2010, 2012-2013, 2014), North Sea (2010, 2013), Weddell Sea (2012), Ross Sea (2010-2011), Amundsen Sea (2014), Mediterranean (2014, 2016) and Indian Ocean (2012, 2015, 2016). I have also led mooring deployments in the Southern Ocean (2010-2011).

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

SELECTED CONTRIBUTIONS TO OCEAN SCIENCE

2006-2012      Leader and Coordinator of Synoptic Antarctic Shelf-Slope Interactions (SASSI) International Polar Year project

2006-2012       Scientific Advisory Board, Alfred Wegener Institute / Germany

2007-2012      Editorial Board, EGU journal Ocean Sciences

2012-2015      Chair of the Royal Society UK SCOR Committee & UK delegate to SCOR

2012-2015      Challenger Society Council

2012-present   NERC Marine Facilities Advisory Board

2012-present   Royal Society assessment panel for Newton International Fellowships

2014-2017      Chair of NERC Fellowships panel B and member of NERC Peer Review College

2012-present   Editor, AMS journal Journal of Physical Oceanography

2016                External reviewer of sabbatical programme at University of Gothenburg

 

 

ORGANISATION OF RECENT SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS 

2008                Leader of SASSI workshop for planning IPY activities, SCAR/IASC IPY Open Science Conference, St Petersburg

2010                Lead convenor of T1-1 Polar Oceans and their importance for global ocean circulation at International Polar Year (IPY) Oslo Science Conference

2013                Lead convenor of PO6 Investigating the Southern Ocean – what have we learnt 5 years on from IPY? at IAPSO assembly, Gothenburg, Sweden

2015                Organiser and host of international Glider Science workshop, UEA

2015                Lead convenor of PO6 The Southern Ocean: where ocean, ice and atmosphere meet at IUGG, Prague, Czech Republic

2016                Organiser and host of Antarctic Science conference 2016, UEA

2016                Steering group of Blue Oceans, Green Cities, Royal Society workshop, UK