Dr Frances Orton
Research Fellow


I am a postdoctoral fellow interested in reducing the impact of pollutants. A theme of my research has been on the protection of wildlife and humans from contaminant hazards. I have focused on the effects of environmentally relevant toxicants on reproductive health, applying both in vivo and in vitro approaches; and especially, the effects of pollutants on amphibians. Recently, I received funding for a project aimed at reducing the sacrificing of amphibians in research (DEFRA).

Broad research specialisms:

My work has been specialized in endocrine disruption and pollution, specifically the effects of pesticides on reproductive health.


PhD: Research in Aquatic Ecotoxicology
Institution: Institute for the Environment, Brunel University, UK   
Date: May 2004 – March 2008
Grade: Pass, minor corrections
Thesis: Investigation into the effects of pesticides on amphibians.
Supervisors: Dr. Daniel Pickford & Dr. Edwin Routledge   

Masters: MRes in Aquatic Ecotoxicology
Institutions: School of Biological Sciences, University of Plymouth, UK   
Department of Biological Sciences, Texas Tech University, USA
Date:  October 2002 – September 2003
Grade:  Pass with distinction
Thesis:  Effects of separate and combined exposure of atrazine and nitrate on larval development and sexual differentiation in Rana pipiens.
Supervisors:  Dr. Richard Handy (Plymouth) & Dr. James Carr (Texas)

B.Sc. (Hons):  Environmental Biology
Institution: School of Biological Sciences, University of Wales (Bangor), UK
Date: September 1997 – June 2000
Grade: Second class, division one
Thesis: Effects of silver on ionic regulation in the shore crab, Carcinus maenas.
Supervisor:  Dr. Nia Whiteley

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AddressGeoffrey Pope Building
University of Exeter
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