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16 Publications, 266 citations, h-index = 8

16. M F Cronin, S Swart, C A Marandino, C Anderson, P Browne, S Chen, W R Joubert, U Schuster, R Venkatesan, C I Addey, O Alves, F Ardhuin, S Battle, M A Bourassa, Z Chen, M Chory, C Clayson, R B de Souza, M du Plessis, M Edmondson, J B Edson, S T Gille, J Hermes, V Hormann, S A Josey, M Kurz, T Lee, F Maicu, E H Moustahfid, S-A Nicholson, E S Nyadjro, J Palter, R G Patterson, S G Penny, L P Pezzi, N Pinardi, J E J Reeves Eyre, N Rome, A C Subramanian, C Stienbarger, T Steinhoff, A J Sutton, H Tomita, S M Wills, C Wilson, L Yu, Developing an Observing Air–Sea Interactions Strategy (OASIS) for the global ocean, ICES Journal of Marine Science, 2022;, fsac149 [doi].

15. Edholm, J. M., Swart, S., du Plessis, M. D., & Nicholson, S. A. Atmospheric rivers contribute to summer surface buoyancy forcing in the Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean. Geophysical Research Letters, e2022GL100149. [doi]*

14. du Plessis, M.D., Swart, S., Biddle, L.C., Giddy, I.S., Monteiro, P.M., Reason, C.J.C., Thompson, A.F. and Nicholson, S.A., 2022. The Daily‐Resolved Southern Ocean Mixed Layer: Regional Contrasts Assessed Using Glider Observations. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 127(4), p.e2021JC017760. [doi].

13. Nicholson, S.A., Whitt, D.B., Fer, I., du Plessis, M.D., Lebéhot, A.D., Swart, S., Sutton, A.J. and Monteiro, P., 2022. Storms drive outgassing of CO2 in the subpolar Southern Ocean. Nature communications, 13(1), pp.1-12. [doi].

12. Tamsitt, V., Bushinsky, S., Li, Z., du Plessis, M., Foppert, A., Gille, S., Rintoul, S., Shadwick, E., Silvano, A., Sutton, S. and Swart, S., 2021. Southern Ocean [in “State of the Climate in 2020”]. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 102(8), pp.S341-S345. [doi].

11. 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), p.e2020JC016814. [doi].

10. Queste, B.Y., Abrahamsen, E.P., du Plessis, M.D., Gille, S.T., Gregor, L., Mazloff, M.R., Narayanan, A., Roquet, F. and Swart, S., 2020. Southern Ocean [in” State of the Climate in 2019″]. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 101(8), pp.S307-S309. [doi].

9. Swart, S., du Plessis, M.D., Thompson, A.F., Biddle, L.C., Giddy, I., Linders, T., Mohrmann, M. and Nicholson, S.A., 2020. Submesoscale fronts in the Antarctic marginal ice zone and their response to wind forcing. Geophysical Research Letters, 47(6), p.e2019GL086649. [doi].

8. 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), pp.1035-1053. [doi].

7. Gregor, L., Ryan-Keogh, T.J., Nicholson, S.A., du Plessis, M.D., Giddy, I. and Swart, S., 2019. GliderTools: A Python toolbox for processing underwater glider data. Frontiers in Marine Science, 6, p.738. [doi].

6. Swart, S., Gille, S.T., Delille, B., Josey, S., Mazloff, M., Newman, L., Thompson, A.F., Thomson, J., Ward, B., du Plessis, M.D. and Kent, E.C., 2019. Constraining Southern Ocean air-sea-ice fluxes through enhanced observations. Frontiers in Marine Science, 6, p.421. [doi].

5. Dike, V.N., Addi, M., Andang’o, H.A., Attig, B.F., Barimalala, R., Diasso, U.J., du Plessis, M., Lamine, S., Mongwe, P.N., Zaroug, M. and Ochanda, V.K., 2018. Obstacles facing Africa’s young climate scientists. Nature Climate Change, 8(6), pp.447-449. [doi].

4. du Plessis, M., Swart, S., Ansorge, I.J. and Mahadevan, A., 2017. Submesoscale processes promote seasonal restratification in the s ubantarctic o cean. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 122(4), pp.2960-2975. [doi].

3. Morris, T., Hermes, J., Beal, L., Du Plessis, M., Rae, C.D., Gulekana, M., Lamont, T., Speich, S., Roberts, M. and Ansorge, I.J., 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), pp.1-7. [doi].

2. Fraser, C., Kay, G.M., du Plessis, M.D. and Ryan, P.G., 2016. Breaking down the barrier: dispersal across the Antarctic Polar Front. [doi].

1. Ansorge, I.J., Brundrit, G., Brundrit, J., Dorrington, R., Fawcett, S., Gammon, D., Henry, T., Hermes, J., Hölscher, B., d’Hotman, J., du Plessis, M.D. and Meiklejohn, I., 2016. SEAmester-South Africa’s first class afloat. South African Journal of Science, 112(9-10), pp.1-4. [doi].

* Publications by students of mine.

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 and Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science.

Non-Peer Reviewed Publications

[September 2020] “APECS South Africa Travel Guide; Research Expeditions Great and Small” – I contributed to a “how-to” fieldwork handbook for early career researchers.


[March 2022] “Gliders i Antarktis för framtiden” – short interview with Deep Sea Reporter about our SO-CHIC and SPICE glider deployments (in Swedish).


[January 2022] “Southern Ocean storms cause outgassing of carbon dioxide” – University of Gothenburg news release of our Nicholson et al. 2021 Nature Comms article.

[October 2021] “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.

[September 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.

[February 2019] “The robotic gliders that roam Antarctic waters” – Short news piece I wrote for the University of Cape Town on our work in the ocean off Antarctica.


[January 2022] “My SO-CHIC diary Part 1: from shore to ship” – a blog about my experience on the SO-CHIC research expedition to the Southern Ocean.

[July 2020] “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.

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