Links to my Google Scholar and Researchgate
Peer Reviewed Articles = 20 between 2016-2023, Citations = 335, h-index=10, i10-index=10

In review

Oelerich, R., Heywood, K. J., Damerell, G. M., du Plessis, M., Biddle, L. C., & Swart, S. (2023). Stirring across the Antarctic Circumpolar Current’s Southern Boundary at the Greenwich Meridian, Weddell Sea. EGUsphere, 1-23.

Patmore, R., Ferreira. D., Marshall, D.P., Brearley. J.A., du Plessis, M.D., Swart, S (2023) Evaluating Ocean Glider Sampling Strategies for Submesoscale Dynamics, submitted.

Rosenthal, H.S., Biddle, L.C., du Plessis, M.D., Gille. S.T., Mazloff, M.R., Swart, S (2023) Submesoscale fronts impact air–sea heat flux variability in the Southern Ocean: Results from the first Saildrone circumnavigation of Antarctica. Journal of Geophysical Review: Oceans.


Narayanan, A. Gille, S., Mazloff, M., du Plessis, M.D., Murali, K., Roquet, F. (2023) Zonal Distribution of Circumpolar Deep Water Transformation Rates and its Relation to Heat Content on Antarctic Shelves. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 128(6), 

Swart S., du Plessis, M.D., Nicholson, S-A., P. M. S. Monteiro, et al. (2023). The Southern Ocean mixed layer and its boundary fluxes: fine-scale observational progress and future research priorities. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A. (In press).

Thomalla, S. J., Swart, S., Giddy, I., du Plessis, M.D., Henson, S. Gregor, L., et al. (2023). Southern Ocean phytoplankton dynamics and carbon export: insights from a seasonal cycle approach. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A. (In press).

Sallee, J-B, Abrahamsen, E. P., Allaigre, C., Auger, du Plessis, M.D., Swart, S., et al. (2023). Southern Ocean Carbon and Heat Impact on Climate. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A. (In press)


Cronin, M.F., Swart, S., Marandino, C.A., Anderson, Browne, C.P., du Plessis, M., et a. (2022). Developing an Observing Air–Sea Interactions Strategy (OASIS) for the global ocean,  CES Journal of Marine Science, 80(2), .1093/icesjms/fsac149

Edholm, J. M., Swart, S., du Plessis, M. D., & Nicholson, S. A. (2022). Atmospheric rivers contribute to summer surface buoyancy forcing in the Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean. Geophysical Research Letters, 49(14), 100149

du Plessis, M.D., Swart, S., Biddle, L.C., Giddy, I.S., Monteiro, P.M., et al.. (2022). The Daily‐Resolved Southern Ocean Mixed Layer: Regional Contrasts Assessed Using Glider Observations. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 127(4),

Nicholson, S.A., Whitt, D.B., Fer, I., du Plessis, M.D., Lebéhot, A.D., Swart, S., et al. (2022). Storms drive outgassing of CO2 in the subpolar Southern Ocean. Nature Communications, 13(1),


Tamsitt, V., Bushinsky, S., Li, Z., du Plessis, M., Foppert, A., Gille, S., Rintoul, S., et al. (2021). Southern Ocean [in “State of the Climate in 2020”]. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 102(8),

Giddy, I., Swart, S., du Plessis, M., Thompson, A.F. and Nicholson, S.A. (2021). Stirring of sea‐ice meltwater enhances submesoscale fronts in the Southern Ocean. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 126(4), 016814

Queste, B.Y., Abrahamsen, E.P., du Plessis, M.D., Gille, S.T., Gregor, L., et al. (2020). Southern Ocean [in” State of the Climate in 2019″]. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 101(8(,


Swart, S., du Plessis, M.D., Thompson, A.F., Biddle, L.C., Giddy, I., Linders, T. et al. (2020). Submesoscale fronts in the Antarctic marginal ice zone and their response to wind forcing. Geophysical Research Letters, 47(6), 6649


du Plessis, M., Swart, S., Ansorge, I.J., Mahadevan, A. and Thompson, A.F. (2019). Southern ocean seasonal restratification delayed by submesoscale wind-front interactions. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 49(4),
[Part of PhD Thesis]

Gregor, L., Ryan-Keogh, T.J., Nicholson, S.A., du Plessis, M.D., Giddy, I. et al. (2019). GliderTools: A Python toolbox for processing underwater glider data. Frontiers in Marine Science, 6,

Swart, S., Gille, S.T., Delille, B., Josey, S., Thomson, J., Ward, B., du Plessis, M.D. et al. (2019). Constraining Southern Ocean air-sea-ice fluxes through enhanced observations. Frontiers in Marine Science, 6,


Dike, V.N., Addi, M., Andang’o, H.A., Attig, B.F., Barimalala, R., du Plessis, M., et al. (2018). Obstacles facing Africa’s young climate scientists. Nature Climate Change, 8(6),


du Plessis, M., Swart, S., Ansorge, I.J. and Mahadevan, A. (2017). Submesoscale processes promote seasonal restratification in the Subantarctic Ocean. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 122(4), [Part of PhD Thesis]

Morris, T., Hermes, J., Beal, L., du Plessis, M., Rae, C.D., Gulekana, M., et al. (2017). 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),


Fraser, C., Kay, G.M., du Plessis, M.D. and Ryan, P.G., (2016). Breaking down the barrier: dispersal across the Antarctic Polar Front. Ecography 40(1),

Ansorge, I.J., Brundrit, G., Brundrit, J., Dorrington, R., du Plessis, al. (2016). SEAmester-South Africa’s first class afloat. South African Journal of Science, 112(9-10),

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

Non-peer review

Press Releases

Announcement of Award from King Carl XVI Gustaf Foundation’s 50-year fund for science, technology and the environment. 100 000 SEK awarded for Measuring precipitation at sea – a global challenge.

May 2023

Gothenburg Press Release for King’s Environmental Award.

May 2023

Southern Ocean storms cause outgassing of carbon dioxide – University of Gothenburg Press Release of our Nicholson et al. 2021 Nature Comms article.

January 2022

Unpublished Text

APECS South Africa Travel Guide; Research Expeditions Great and Small – A “how-to” fieldwork handbook for early career researchers.

September 2020


Gliders i Antarktis för framtiden – short interview with Deep Sea Reporter about our SO-CHIC and SPICE glider deployments (in Swedish).

March 2022


Our observations can improve climate models – an article about the fieldwork I’ll do for my Marie Curie Project, written by the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat.

October 2021

The barriers to climate science in the global south – a Carbon Brief news article that I contributed to looking into the often unnoticed disadvantages for young researchers from the global south.

September 2021

The robotic gliders that roam Antarctic waters – A short news piece I wrote for the University of Cape Town on our work in the ocean off Antarctica.

February 2019


My SO-CHIC diary: from shore to ship – a blog about my experience on the SO-CHIC research expedition to the Southern Ocean.

January 2022

Polar Gliders get new SeaExplorer Training to a blog article where I joined along with the Voice of the Ocean Foundation in their training to use a new ocean glider called SeaExplorer.

July 2020

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