Dr Matthew Palmer

Contact details

Marine Physics and Ocean Climate
+44 (0)151 795 4967



Research Interests

  • Understanding the physical dynamics of coastal and shelf seas
  • Measuring and understanding oceanic turbulence and mixing
  • Using ocean gliders as a novel measurement platform
  • Integration of ocean observations and numerical models to better understand our oceans
  • Understanding physical controls on primary production of phytoplankton and biogeochemical cycles.

PhD students

Ms Anastasiia Domina: The life cycle of high-frequency internal waves in shelf seas; from generation to dissipation

Ms Jennifer Jardine: Using ocean gliders to understand the physical controls on phytoplankton variability in coastal and shelf seas

Recent papers

  • M. Porter, M. E. Inall, J. Hopkins, M. R. Palmer, A. C. Dale, D. Aleynik, J. A. Barth, C. Mahaffey, D. A. Smeed (2016) Glider observations of enhanced deep water upwelling at a shelf break canyon: a mechanism for cross-slope carbon and nutrient exchange. Journal of Geophysical Research, Oceans (accepted)
  • McCardell, G., J. O’Donnell, A. J. Souza & M. R. Palmer (2016), Internal tides and tidal cycles of vertical mixing in western Long Island Sound, Journal of Geophysical Research, Oceans 121. doi:10.1002/2015JC010796.
  • M. R. Palmer, G. R. Stephenson, M. E. Inall, C. Balfour, A.Dusterhus & J. A. M. Green (2015) Turbulence and Mixing by Internal Waves In The Celtic Sea Determined From Ocean Glider Microstructure Measurements. Journal of Marine Systems& http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jmarsys.2014.11.005
  • Rippeth, T. P., B. J. Lincoln, H. A. Kennedy, M. R. Palmer, J. Sharples, and Caj Williams. "Impact of vertical mixing on sea surface pCO2 in temperate seasonally stratified shelf seas." Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans(2014).
  • Hopkins, J.E., Stephenson G.R., Green J.M., Inall M.E. & Palmer M.R. (2014) Storms modify baroclinic energy fluxes in a seasonally stratified shelf sea: Inertial-tidal interaction. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 119 (10) 6863–6883http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/2014JC010011
  • Stansfield, K. L., Palmer, M. R., Rippeth, T. P., and Simpson, J. H.: Turbulent mixing in the seasonally-stratified western Irish Sea: a Thorpe Scale perspective, Ocean Sci. Discuss., 10, 2141-2155, doi:10.5194/osd-10-2141-2013, 2013.
  • Palmer M.R., J.A. Polton, M.E. Inall, T.P. Rippeth, JAM Green, J. Sharples, J.H. Simpson (2013), Variable Behavior In Pycnocline Mixing Over Shelf Seas. GRL, 40, doi: 10.1029/2012GL054638.
  • Palmer M.R., M.E. Inall & J. Sharples (2013), The physical oceanography of Jones Bank: A mixing hotspot in the Celtic Sea. Prog. Oceanography (117) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pocean.2013.06.009
  • Vlasenko V, N Stashchuk, MR Palmer & ME Inall (2013), Generation of baroclinic tides over an isolated underwater bank. JGR (accepted)
  • JA Polton, MR Palmer, MJ Howarth (2013), The vertical structure of time-mean estuarine circulation in a shallow, rotating, semi-enclosed coastal bay: A Liverpool Bay case study with application for monitoring. Cont. Shelf Res., doi:10.1016/j.csr.2013.03.004.
  • Tweddle JF, J Sharples, MR Palmer, K Davidson, S McNeill (2013) Enhanced nutrient fluxes at the shelf sea seasonal thermocline caused by stratified flow over a bank, Progress in Oceanography (117) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pocean.2013.06.018
  • Embling CB, J Sharples, E Armstrong, MR Palmer, BE Scott (2013) Fish behaviour in response to tidal variability and internal waves over a shelf sea bank, Progress in Oceanography (117) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pocean.2013.06.013
  • Scott BE, A Webb, MR Palmer, CB Embling, J Sharples (2013), Fine scale bio-physical oceanographic characteristics predict the foraging occurrence of contrasting seabird species; Gannet (Morus bassanus) and storm petrel (Hydrobates pelagicus), Progress in Oceanography, (117) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pocean.2013.06.011.