John Martin (oceanographer)
John Martin (February 27, 1935 – June 18, 1993), was an oceanographer.
Born in Old Lyme, Connecticut, he is best known for his research on the role of iron as a phytoplankton micronutrient, and its significance for so-called "High-Nutrient, Low Chlorophyll" regions of the oceans. He is also known for advocating the use of iron fertilization to enhance oceanic primary production to act as a sink for fossil fuel carbon dioxide.
John Martin died from prostate cancer at the age of 58.
“Give me a half tanker of iron, and I will give you an ice age.” - John Martin, from a lecture at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
- Martin, J. H. and Fitzwater, S. E. (1988) Iron-deficiency limits phytoplankton growth in the Northeast Pacific Subarctic. Nature 331, 341-343.
- The Iron hypothesis, Caroline Dopyera, Earth, October 1996
- "On the shoulders of giants" biography, NASA Earth Observatory
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