Sophie Clayton

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Email: sclayton at

Research Interests:
I am broadly interested in understanding the role of ocean physics in setting patterns of phytoplankton diversity and community structure. I use a combination of approaches to explore this question: numerical modelling, data analysis and seagoing research. Most recently I have been working with the UW's eScience Institute to develop pipelines for analysing oceanographic "big data".

Here are a couple of links to outreach projects that I have been involved with recently:
Short Documentary about Darwin Project Research, by MIT Student Helen Hou
Synergy Art exhibit at the Boston Museum of Science

PhD Physical Oceanography (2013), MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography, USA
BSc(Hons) Ocean Sciences (2007), Bangor University, UK
BA(Hons) Fine Art (2001), Middlesex University, UK

Nagai, T. and Clayton, S. Nutrient interleaving below the mixed layer of the Kuroshio Extension Front. (submitted to Ocean Dynamics).

Clayton, S., Jahn, O., Dutkiewicz, S., Heimbach, P., Hill, C., Follows, M. J. (2016) Biogeochemical versus ecological consequences of increased model resolution. Biogeosciences Discussions (under review)

Clayton, S., Lin, Y. C., Follows, M. J., Worden, A. Z. (2016) Co-existence of distinct Ostreococcus ecotypes at an oceanic front. Limnology & Oceanography, doi:10.1002/lno.10373

Hyrkas, J., Clayton, S., Ribalet, F., Halperin, D., Armbrust, E.V. and Howe, B. (2015) Scalable clustering algorithms for continuous environmental flow cytometry. Bioinformatics, doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btv594

Ribalet, F., Swalwell, J., Clayton, S., Jimenez, V., Sudek, S., Lin, Y., Johnson, Z.I., Worden, A.Z. and Armbrust, E.V. (2015) Light-driven synchrony of Prochlorococcus cell growth and mortality in the subtropical Pacific gyre. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, doi:10.1073/pnas.1424279112

Clayton, S., Nagai, T., Follows, M. J. (2014) Fine scale phytoplankton community structure across the Kuroshio Extension Front. Journal of Plankton Research, doi:10.1093/plankt/fbu020

Clayton, S., Dutkiewicz, S., Jahn, O., and M. J. Follows (2013) Dispersal, eddies, and the diversity of marine phytoplankton. Limnology & Oceanography: Fluids & Environments, 3, 182-197, doi:10.1215/21573689-2373515

Bracco A, Clayton S., Pasquero C. (2009) Horizontal advection, diffusion and plankton spectra at the sea surface. Journal of Geophysical Research – Oceans, 114, C02001, doi:10.1029/2007JC004671