Cameron Hird
PhD student


Currently I am a PhD researcher at the University of Exeter studying the effects of pharmaceuticals and related organic contaminants on marine invertebrates. This research extends to cover investigating the influences that climate change events such as ocean acidification could have on the toxicity of these contaminants.

I first became interested in ocean acidification during my undergraduate degree where I had the privilege of working with Dr. Piero Calosi at Plymouth, looking at the life-history consequences of adaptation to ocean acidification in the marine polychaete worm Ophryotocha labronica.

Sticking with marine worms, my PhD work to date, in collaboration with AstraZeneca, has focused on the ragworm Hediste diversicolor as a model species for studying the effects of organic contaminants. Compounds which I have studied for this research include the antidepressant fluoxetine, neonicotinoid pesticides and illicit compounds such as cocaine, all of which are present in marine and estuarine environments worldwide and have the potential to impact our ecosystems.

Outside of work I am a keen hobby marine aquarist and hobby numismatist. I love to SCUBA dive when I have the chance and I am a passionate supporter of Norwich City Football Club.

Broad research specialisms:

  • Pharmaceuticals in the environment
  • Ocean acidification
  • Biology of invertebrates
  • Aquatic ecotoxicology
  • Scientific outreach and teaching


PhD Biological Sciences, University of Exeter, 2014-Present
1:1, BSc (Hons) Marine Biology, Plymouth University, 2011-2014
HSE Part IV Professional SCUBA Diver, 2012

Contact details

AddressGeoffrey Pope Building
University of Exeter
Stocker Road
OfficeLab 201

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