12 Publications (11 published, 1 accepted), 173 citations, h-index = 6

Here are links to my Google Scholar and Researchgate


M. du Plessis, S. Swart, L. Biddle, I. Giddy, A. Thompson, C. Reason, P. Monteiro, S. Nicholson. Observations of the summer mixed layer response to buoyancy forcing across three zonal regimes in the Atlantic Southern Ocean. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans.














V. Tamsitt, S. Bushinsky, Z. Li, M. du Plessis, A. Foppert, S. Gille, S. Rintoul, E. Shadwick, A. Silvano, A. Sutton, S. Swart, B. Tilbrook, and N. L. Williams (2021) Southern Ocean [in “State of the Climate in 2020”]. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc. accepted.

I. Giddy, S. Swart, M. du Plessis, A.F. Thompson, S. Nicholson (2021) Stirring of Sea-Ice Meltwater Enhances Submesoscale Fronts in the Southern Ocean. JGR: Oceans. doi: 10.1029/2020JC016814

B. Queste, E.P. Abrahamsen, M. du Plessis, S.T. Gille, L. Gregor, M. Mazloff, A. Narayanan, F. Roquet, S. Swart (2020) Southern Ocean [in “State of the Climate in 2019”]. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 101 (8), S307–S309 (link)

Swart, S., du Plessis, M.D. et al., 2020. Submesoscale fronts in the Antarctic marginal ice zone and their response to wind forcingGeophysical Research Letters47(6) (link)

du Plessis, M, et al. Southern ocean seasonal restratification delayed by submesoscale wind–front interactions. 2019. Journal of Physical Oceanography 49.4 (2019): 1035-1053. (link)

Gregor, L., du Plessis, M., et al. GliderTools: A Python toolbox for processing underwater glider data. 2019. Frontiers in Marine Science 6 (2019): 738.

Swart, S, du Plessis M., et al. Constraining Southern Ocean air-sea-ice fluxes. Frontiers in Marine Science 6, 421.

Dike, V.N., du Plessis, M., et al. Obstacles facing Africa’s young climate scientists. Nature Climate Change 8 (6), 447.

du Plessis, M., Swart, S., Ansorge, I.J., Mahadevan A. Submesoscale processes accelerate seasonal restratification in the Subantarctic Ocean. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 122 (4), 2960-2975.

Morris, T., du Plessis, M., et al. The importance of monitoring the Greater Agulhas Current and its inter-ocean exchanges using large mooring arrays. South African Journal of Science 113 (7-8), 1-7.

Fraser, C., Kay, G. M., du Plessis, M. D., & Ryan, P. G. (2016). Breaking down the barrier: dispersal across the Antarctic Polar Front (link)

Ansorge, I.J., du Plessis, M., et al. SEAmester-South Africa’s first class afloat. South African Journal of Science. 112 (9-10), 1-4.

I have been a reviewer for numerous international scientific journals including Journal of Advances in Modelling Earth Systems, Journal of Physical Oceanography, Journal of Geophysical Research and Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science.


News article for Cape Times – UCT scientists part of international study of Antarctic waters

South Africa Network for Coastal and Oceanic Research – Unmanned ocean gliders to answer fundamental questions on climate change

Semla Seaglider taken during the ORCHESTRA cruise by Louise Biddle.
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