Trevor Platt is Executive Director of the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO) and a senior research fellow at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK. He is also a Scientist Emeritus at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. His scientific interests include the structure and function of the pelagic ecosystem in the ocean, the bio-optical properties of the ocean, marine phytoplankton production, and bio-geochemical cycles in the sea. He was Chairman of the Joint Global Ocean Flux programme from 1990 to 1993 and founding Chairman of the International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG) (1995 to 2005). He is the funding Chairman of the Societal Applications in Fisheries and Aquaculture using Remotely-sensed Imagery (SAFARI) programme; and the Chlorophyll Globally Integrated Network (ChloroGIN).

Through these international programmes, he has been actively involved in training scientists in developing countries. He has a passion for teaching, and has been passing on his knowledge to generations of young people for many years. Platt is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London and the Royal Society of Canada. He has been awarded several medals in recognition of his contributions to scientific research and has published some monographs and many papers in scientific journals.