Dr Matthew Toberman

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Physical Oceanographer

I am a physical oceanographer whose interest lies in the cascade and interaction of spatial scales at work in the ocean.

My PhD investigated the dynamics of and the turbulence associated with very near surface gravity currents and non linear internal waves.

Since then I have continued to work on the physics of shelf sea mixing.


Contact details:
  • Matthew.Toberman@sams.ac.uk
  • +44 (0)1631 559 383

My interests are centered around the observation of turbulence and mixing in stratified flows. I am currently working within the ‘AlterEco’ project, which aims to utilize autonomous observing systems to better understand physical and biogeochemical processes in the North Sea.


Current project

An Alternative Framework to Assess Marine Ecosystem Functioning in Shelf Seas (AlterEco)

To develop a comprehensive understanding of shelf sea ecosystem functioning, and subsequently environmental or ecological status, requires knowledge of the natural physical, chemical, biological and physiographic factors integrated with anthropogenic activities and their impacts.

My role is to be one of three postdoctoral researchers, that deploy gliders, analyze data and disseminate findings.

Funders: NERC / DEFRA / WWF

Period: May 2017-20

Toberman, M., M. Inall, T. Boyd, E. Dumount, and C. Griffiths (2017), Nonlinear internal waves and plumes generated in response to sea-loch outflow, AUV, and time-lapse photography observations, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 122, doi:10.1002/ 2016JC012208.

Taylor, P., Lichtschlag, A., Toberman, M., Sayer, M. D. J., Reynolds, A., Sato, T. & Stahl, H. 2014. Impact and recovery of pH in marine sediments subject to a temporary carbon dioxide leak. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control.

Taylor, P., Stahl, H., Vardyc, M., Bull, J., Akhurst, M., Hautonc, C., James, R., Lichtschlage, A., Long, D., Aleynik, D., Toberman, M., Naylor, M., Connelly, D., Smith, D., Sayer, M., Widdicombe, S., Wright I., Blackford, J. 2014. A novel sub-seabed CO2 release experiment informing monitoring and impact assessment for geological carbon storage. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control.

Beaumont, N., Jones, L., Garbutt, A., Hansom, J., Toberman, M. 2014. The value of carbon sequestration and storage in coastal habitats. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science.


Employment history

2015-present Postdoctoral research associate. SAMS



2015 PhD 'Buoyant plumes and non-linear internal waves, a view from above and below: Time-lapse photography and AUV based microstructure profiler observations.' University of Aberdeen

2008 MSc Applied Physical Oceanography. University of Bangor

2007 BSc Physics. University of Sussex