Professor David Marshall

Professor of Physical Oceanography

Oxford Martin Senior Alumni Fellow

Professor David Marshall was Co-Director of the 21st Century Ocean Institute, a member of the Oxford Martin School from 2008-2012.

David is Professor of Physical Oceanography and Associate Head (Research Strategy and Alumni Relations) in the Department of Physics, University of Oxford, having recently completed a 5 year term as Head of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics. He is also a Professorial Fellow at St Hugh’s College and a Senior Alumni Fellow in the Oxford Martin School.

His first degree was in Physics from Imperial College, London. Following a brief 2-day flirtation with theoretical particle physics at the University of Southampton, he made one of the best decisions of his life and quit to start a new PhD in Physical Oceanography, again at Imperial College. He was extremely fortunate in that his PhD supervisor, John Marshall (no relation!) moved to the US. Along with most of his group, and he followed him to MIT where he remained for 3 years to complete his PhD then work as a post-doc.

In 1994, he returned to the UK to take up a faculty position in the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading. Following 12.5 happy years in Reading, he moved in 2007 to his current position in Oxford.