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Professor of Biology, University of Portsmouth

Alex completed an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences (1996) at the University of Plymouth (England, UK) before embarking on a masters in Environmental Biology at Swansea University (Wales, 1997). After spending several years working as a marine benthic ecologist and taxonomist he undertook a PhD in Invertebrate Physiology and Ecotoxicology at Napier University Edinburgh (Scotland, 2001-2004). Between 2004 and 2008 he continued to be based in Scotland working as a Lecturer in Marine Biology and Ecotoxicology before moving south to the University of Portsmouth (England) where I am now a Professor of Biology. My expertise lies mainly in invertebrate biology, ecology and ecotoxicology.

He is currently course leader for an MSc entitled Applied Aquatic Biology and unit leader for courses on: Ecotoxicology and Pollution; Science and the Media; Marine Ecophysiology and Marine & Terrestrial Ecology.


  • 2016–present
    Professor of Biology, University of Portsmouth
  • 2012–2016
    Reader in Biology, University of Portsmouth
  • 2006–2008
    Senior Research Fellow , UHI Millennium Institute
  • 2004–2006
    Lecturer in Marine Biology & Ecotoxicology , Edinburgh Napier University
  • 2001–2004
    P/T Lecturer in Marine Ecology, Edinburgh Napier University
  • 1999–2001
    Senior Research Assistant , Swansea University