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Dr Joanne Preston

  • Qualifications: BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD.
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer in Marine Biology, Course Leader Marine Biology
  • Address: Institute of Marine Sciences, Ferry Road, Eastney, PO4 9LY
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5799
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  • Department: School of Biological Sciences
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


My research area is marine and microbial molecular ecology and evolution. My current research focuses on the sponge holobiont system and its responses to environmental stressors.

  • Sept 2014 - present       Lecturer in Marine Biology
  • Sept 2013 - Sept 2014   Business Development Associate for the Institute of Marine Sciences.
  • 2010 – 2012                  Research Fellow at the University of Portsmouth. Microbial ecology of the Mary Rose Tudor warship in relation to acid production in her timbers.
  • Career Break
  • 2003-2005                     Research Associate on the European Genetic Marine Biodiversity (EUMAR) project. The Marine Biological Association, Plymouth.
  • 1999-2002                     PhD National Oceanography Centre, Southampton.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Marine Organisms and Ecosystems U20015 (Joint Unit coordinator with Dr Paul Farrell)
  • Marine and Terrestrial Ecology U20004
  • Biodiversity and Evolution U20000
  • MSc Ecotoxicology and Pollution U20153


  • Marine conservation policy.
  • Invasive Caprellids in Langstone Harbour
  • Evolution and ecology of sponges and their microbial symbionts,
  • Climate change impacts on sponge bentho-pelagic coupling and ecological functioning,
  • Environmental microbiology of the Mary Rose.
  • Evolution of Trochids in the Mediterranean and NE Atlantic, and their relationship to Indo-Pacific species of the same taxonomic family, 

Research profile

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