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Professor of Biology, University of Portsmouth

Alex has over 20 years experience as an environmental toxicologist and marine biologist. He is an associate editor for several journals and publishers. He is Deputy Director for the Center of Blue Governance and is based at the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of Portsmouth. Alex completed a 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 Environmental Toxicology at Edinburgh Napier University (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 he is now a Professor of Biology.


  • 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