Professor Charles Tyler is studying the effects of environmental contaminants on wildlife. View full size.

Dr Jamie Stevens has been assessing marine connectivity in temperate waters using pink sea fans. View full size.

Environmental Biology

The Environmental Biology group within Biosciences studies the effects of environmental contaminants and other anthropogenic activities on aquatic organisms and ecosystems and the role of fish in ocean ecology and biogeochemistry.

Key areas of research are endocrine disruption and the biological effects of nanoparticles in fish, invertebrates and humans. This work is focused on understanding mechanisms of action and physiological adaptations of fish and invertebrates to pollutants and other environmental stressors. Methodologies applied include field studies, in vivo experimentation, in vitro techniques, the development and application of transgenic fish models and genome wide sequencing. Research into the basic biology of test and sentinel organisms underpins all of the ecotoxicology work.

The groups work has been transformed by the Aquatic Resources Centre (ARC) which is a unique £9 million state-of-the-art facility for freshwater and marine ecotoxicology research and was opened in 2012.