Philippe Tortell

Philippe Tortell

Institute Director and Professor, UBC Departments of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences and Botany

Dr. Philippe Tortell is the Director of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies and an Professor in the Departments of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences and Botany at the University of British Columbia. He received his B.Sc. in Biology at McGill University (1994), and an M.A. (1997) and Ph.D. (2001) in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University.

Dr. Tortell is a sea-going oceanographer with broad interests in marine biogeochemical cycles and ocean-climate interactions. His recent work has focused on understanding the potential climate effects on Arctic and Antarctic marine systems. His research employs a variety of laboratory and field-based measurements to examine the interactions between marine micro-organisms and ‘climate-active’ trace gases including carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and dimethylsulfide.

Dr. Tortell has a long-standing relationship with the Peter Wall Institute, having been an Early Career Scholar in 2004 and a Wall Scholar from 2014-16. During his residence at the Institute, he fostered wide ranging and inter-disciplinary discussions on Arctic-related issues, with a primary focus on climate change research, and explored innovative and novel approaches to represent microbial and environmental data.


Selected publications.