Mattias Cape

Mattias and penguins

Mattias taking a break during a cruise in Antarctica. Image Credt: R. Bundy

Mattias is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Polar Science Center, where he collaborates with Dr. Mike Steele and Dr. Kristin Laidre. His interests reside in understanding interactions between primary producing phytoplankton and the physical environment (atmosphere, ice and ocean), and how these interactions impact higher trophic levels, primarily in polar regions. He accomplishes this through a combination of ship-based field work, satellite remote-sensing and lab experiments. 

Mattias received his PhD in Biological Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography where, as part of the LARISSA project, he examined the response of phytoplankton to the collapse of the Larsen B Ice Shelf along the eastern coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, and the physical mechanisms controlling their growth. He is currently continuing a research project started as a postdoc at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, examining the impact of freshwater export from the Greenland Ice Sheet on ocean circulation, nutrient availability, and phytoplankton community composition.

Mattias is also interested in science education, teaching oceanography and field sampling methods with the Sea Education Association.

When he is not sampling the ocean aboard research vessels he spends his time seeking opportunities to sample coastal surf using a variety of rideable crafts.

Selected Publications

  • Cape, M. R., M. Vernet, P. Skvarca, S. Marinsek, T. Scambos, and E. Domack (2015), Foehn winds link climate-driven warming to ice shelf evolution in Antarctica, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 120, 11,037–11,057, doi:10.1002/2015JD023465.

  • Cape, M.R., M. Vernet, M. Kahru, and G. Spreen (2014), Polynya dynamics drive primary production in the Larsen A and B embayments following ice-shelf collapse, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 119, 572–594, doi:10.1002/2013JC009441.

  • Gutt, J., M.R. Cape, W. Dimmler, L. Fillinger, E. Isla, V. Lieb, T. Lundälv, and C. Pulcher (2013), Shifts in Antarctic megabenthic structure after ice-shelf disintegration in the Larsen area east of the Antarctic Peninsula, Polar Biol, 36(6), 895–906, doi:10.1007/s00300-013-1315-7.