Dr Philipp Boersch‑Supan

Marine & Quantitative Ecologist

Open Ocean Science and Open Software Tools


I study life in the open ocean, the so called pelagic realm, using a combination of field observations and computational/theoretical approaches. I try to understand the physical and biological processes that shape the distribution and movements of open ocean animals and their foraging behaviours.

I am currently a postdoctoral associate at the University of Florida where I study the bioenergetics and foraging strategies of Antarctic albatrosses. This research is funded by the National Science Foundation and conducted in collaboration with scientists at Virginia Tech and the British Antarctic Survey.

I love to dig into biological data and am broadly interested in making and improving quantitative tools for ecological research. My work aims to bridge the gap between field observations and ecological theory and to this end I am working on a number of open source software projects.

In my previous and ongoing work I have studied a variety of biological systems including the midwater ecology around seamounts and atolls, resource allocation strategies in penguins and the ecology of human and non-human pathogens and disease vectors.

Recent News and Blog posts

15 Apr 2017: Campbell Island - A life boat in a changing ocean
14 Apr 2017: World Seabird Twitter Conference: Surface temperatures of albatross eggs
15 Mar 2017: New open access paper - Marine microbial communities correspond to regional oceanography
25 Jan 2017: New paper - Seabird recovery following predator eradications on islands
08 Dec 2016: Mapping my trip with GMT and Inkscape