Earth and Environmental Sciences (SEES)
Dr Gary Fones
School of Earth & Environmental Sciences
University of Portsmouth
I am a senior lecturer in Marine Biogeochemistry in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences. My first degree was in Ocean Science at the University of Plymouth followed by a MSc. in Oceanography at the University of Southampton. My research took me north to Lancashire where I did a PhD at the University of Central Lancashire looking into trace metal atmospheric deposition and its impact in coastal waters. This was my initiation into trace metal speciation and trace metal measurements which has been the main thrust of my research ever since.
I then spent nearly 6 years as a researcher at Lancaster University working on trace metals in sediments using the in situ techniques of DGT and DET. From there I moved to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) where I combined my research to look at DGT in the water column as an in-situ speciation tool. In 2003 I moved to the National Oceanographic Centre at Southampton (NOCS) and became involved in dissolved Fe speciation and Fe biogeochemistry. I enjoy working at sea and since 2003 have been involved in several research cruises around the world including the North Sea, North Atlantic (Icelandic Basin), Sub-Arctic North Pacific, Southern Ocean (Crozet Plateau), Ascension Island region and the Island of Montserrat.
My research is currently focused on benthic-pelagic coupling in shallow harbour, estuarine and coastal seas and sediment-water column exchange of macro-nutrients in coastal and shelf-sea waters.
I am unit co-ordinator:
Level 1: Introduction to Oceanography (BGS138)
Level 2: Oceanography (BGS273)
Level 3: The Pollution of the Marine Environment (2GS389)
I also contribute to:
Level 2: Environmental Geochemistry and Analytical Techniques (SEES509)
Level 2: Environmental Fieldwork and Analysis (SEES512)
Level 3: Global Climate Change (1GS350)
January 2006 – Present: Senior Lecturer in Marine Biogeochemistry, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Portsmouth.
January 2003 – December 2005: Teaching Fellow in Marine Biogeochemistry, School of Ocean and Earth Sciences, Southampton Oceanography Centre.
January 2001 to December 2002: Visiting Investigator: Department of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA
March 1995 - December 2000: Postdoctoral Research Associate: Environmental Science Department, University of Lancaster
1991-1995: Teaching Assistant (Chemistry Laboratory): University of Central Lancashire.
1992-1995: PhD in Environmental & Analytical Chemistry, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, England UK. Thesis title: “Atmospheric deposition of trace metals to urban and coastal environments”.
1990-1991: MSc in Oceanography, University of Southampton.
1987-1990: BSc (Hons) in Ocean Science, University of Plymouth
Esteem Indicators and Professional Affiliations:
External Reviewer for University of Plymouth MSc Applied Marine Science
NERC Peer Review College 2010-2013
Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry
Member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Meetings Committee 2008-2010.
Lead contact for the Marine Biogeochemistry Forum
Marine Biogeochemistry: Observations from near and far – Conference organiser
Session convener at 2010 Ocean Sciences meeting
Member of Defra ME5301 Seabed Integrity committee
Journal Reviewer for: Marine Chemistry, Limnology and Oceanography, Environmental Science and Technology, Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, Science of the Total Environment, Environmental Pollution Research, Environmental Chemistry, Deep Sea Research and Talanta.
Proposal Reviewer for: NERC, Defra and Darwin Centre for Biogeosciences.