Dr Antony Birchill

Dr Antony Birchill

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

2019-2021- Post doctoral research fellow 'marine trace metals' at the University of Plymouth


2009-2013- MSci in Oceanography from the University of Southampton

2013-2017- PhD in Environmental Sciences from the University of Plymouth

2017-2019- Research Engineer in Ocean Technology and Engineering group, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton.

Professional membership

Royal Society of Chemistry

Research interests

I am research fellow working on the 'Carbon Uptake and Seasonal Traits in Antarctic Remineralisation Depth' (https://roses.ac.uk/) programme. I am a marine biogeochemist with an interest in marine trace metal cycling, developing and applying novel microfluidic analytical techniques and quantifying measurement uncertainties. I have worked on the Shelf Sea Biogeochemisty (https://www.uk-ssb.org/), AlterEco (http://altereco.ac.uk/), Atlantos (https://www.atlantos-h2020.eu/) and Roses (https://roses.ac.uk/) research programmes. In doing so I conducted research into the Celtic Sea, Hebridean Sea, North Sea and South East Pacific Ocean using both traditional and novel analytical approaches.

Grants & contracts

2020 ‘Determining soil pH using a novel graphene based sensor: a proof of concept study’. Seale-Hayne Educational Trust. £9905.

2020  Alan Tetlow Bursary for attendance at Center for Ecology and Hydrology course 'Field Electronics and Sensors’. Royal Society of Chemistry. £770.


Schmidt, K., A.J. Birchill, G.A. Tarran, R.J.W. Brewin, W. Padro, E.M.S. Woodward, T.J. Smyth, J. Clark, C.E. Widdicombe, A.E. Hickman, D.G. Johns, A. Milne, S.J. Ussher, L. Polimene, M.C. Lohan, A. Atkinson. (2020). Picocyanobacteria win under increasing iron-nitrogen starvation of temperate shelf waters. Global Change Biology. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.15161 

Birchill A.J., G. Clinton-Bailey, R. Hanz, E. Mawji, T. Cariou, C. White, S.J. Ussher, P.J. Worsfold, E. P. Achterberg, M. Mowlem (2019). Realistic measurement uncertainties for marine macronutrient measurements conducted using gas segmented flow and Lab-on-Chip techniques. Talanta. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.talanta.2019.03.032

Birchill, A. J., N. Hartner, K. Kunde, D. Gonzalez-Santana, B. Siemering, A. Milne, S. C. Painter, C. J. Daniels, S. Ussher, P. J. Worsfold, M. C. Lohan (2019). The eastern extent of seasonal iron limitation in the high latitude North Atlantic. Nature Scientific Reports. doi:10.1038/s41598-018-37436-3

Worsfold, P.J., E.A. Achterberg, A.J. Birchill, R. Clough, I. Leito, M.C. Lohan, A. Milne, S.J. Ussher (2019). Estimating uncertainties in oceanographic methods. Frontiers in Marine Biogeochemistry. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2018.00515

Rusiecka, D., M. Gledhill, A. Milne, E. P. Achterberg, A. L. Annett, S. Atkinson, A.J. Birchill, J. Karstensen, M.C. Lohan, C. Mariez, R. Middag, J. M. Rolinson, T. Tanhua, S.J. Ussher, D. Connelly (2018). Long range transport and sediment release of Pb in the North East Atlantic. Geophysical Research Letters. doi: 10.1002/2017GL076825

Birchill, A. J., A. Milne, E. M. S. Woodward, A. L. Annett, W. Giebert, S. Ussher, P. J. Worsfold, D. Rusiecka, E. P. Achterberg, C. Harris, M. Gledhill, M. C. Lohan (2017). Seasonal iron depletion in temperate shelf seas. Geophysical Research Letters. doi: 10.1002/2017GL073881

Klar, J., W. B. Homoky, P. J. Statham, A. J. Birchill, E. Harris, E. M. S. Woodward, B. Silburn, M. Cooper, R. H. James, D. P. Connelly (2017). Stability of dissolved and soluble Fe (II) in shelf sediment pore waters and release to an oxic water column. Biogeochemistry. doi:10.1007/s10533-017-0309-x

Hopwood, M. J., A. J. Birchill, M. Gledhill, A. Milne, E. P. Achterberg (2017). A 4 method comparison for the measurement of Fe(II) at nanomolar concentrations in coastal seawater. Frontiers in Marine Biogeochemistry. doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2017.00192

Reports & invited lectures

2018- Seasonal iron depletion in a temperate shelf sea. Oral (invited speaker). Marine Biogeochemistry Division seminar series, Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research (GEOMAR), Kiel.

2017- The Hebridean shelf as the eastern extent of sub-Arctic Atlantic seasonal iron limitation. Oral (invited speaker). Advances in Marine Biogeochemistry, Challenger Society meeting, Scottish Association of Marine Science.

Conferences organised

2019- Session at Goldschmidt 2019 meeting, Barcelona, ‘Development and Application of Emerging Autonomous Technology for Biogeochemical Measurements of Aquatic Environments’.