Environmental Biology studies how aquatic organisms and ecosystems interact with environmental contaminants and other anthropogenic stressors.
Ecotoxicology is a key research area with a globally important impact on our appreciation of how endocrine disrupting chemicals, nanomaterials, pharmaceuticals, microplastics, climate change and noise affect ecosystem health. Research into the basic biology of test and sentinel organisms underpins our ecotoxicology work and is enhanced by bioimaging techniques within the Living Systems Institute.
Our methodologies include in vitro and in vivo experimentation (including genome-wide sequencing and transgenic fish models) and field studies of unique habitats and degraded environments across the globe. The £12M Aquatic Resources Centre supports our laboratory-based freshwater and marine research.