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Ecotoxicology and environmental monitoring research

Explore our work in ecotoxicology and environmental monitoring, 1 of the 6 areas of expertise in our Biological Sciences research

The global population is increasing rapidly and humans are putting greater pressure on natural resources, such as food and water. Our ecotoxicology and environmental monitoring research examines how humans impact upon aquatic (marine and freshwater) and terrestrial ecosystems. We also explore the ecological consequences of human activity and seek to develop new methods to assess human impact on the environment.

With climate change and pollution becoming more pressing concerns, our research is helping inform better policy decisions and exploring how we can protect our environment in a sustainable way.

Our research outputs are regularly published by leading industry publications, including Global Climate Change, Aquatic Toxicology, Environmental Pollution and Science of the Total Environment.

Our research focuses on the following topics

  • Ecology and conservation
  • Ecotoxicology and pollution
  • Plant sciences
  • Animal sciences (zoology)
  • Ecophysiology
  • Climate change

Facilities and research methods

We have exceptional facilities that play an important role in our work, including the seawater flow-through aquarium facilities at the Institute of Marine Sciences, our research platform in Langstone Harbour, the Petersfield Waste Water Treatment facility, and our research vessels, greenhouses, microscopy suites, and molecular and bioinformatic facilities.

We monitor the effects of climate change by monitoring ocean acidification levels, and we study the impacts caused by pollutants such as metals, pharmaceuticals, plastics, oil, noise and radiation.

We use field-based and laboratory-based analyses, and our methods encompass everything from the latest in molecular and cellular biology, through to community ecology.

Collaboration and funding

We regularly collaborate on research with industry and academic partners, including English Nature, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the Environment Agency, Blue Marine Foundation, Solent Forum, Oil Spill Response Ltd, the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST), and the Society of Biology.

We have received funding from major funders such as the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), DEFRA, The Royal Society, the Crown Estate, the European Union (EU) and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Discover our areas of expertise

Ecotoxicology and environmental monitoring is 1 of our 6 areas of expertise in our Biological Sciences research area. Explore the others below.

Biodiversity and Evolution

We're cataloging new species, and creating a basis for assessing and reversing the extinction of species. Explore our biodiversity and evolution research.

Man holding an oyster on a boat in the Solent
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Epigenetics and developmental biology

We explore new ways to treat genetic disorders, identifying novel targets for drugs and searching for advances in treatment that could impact the lives of millions.

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Marine Sciences

Through our research in marine science, we're working to improve the marine environment for future generations, and to make marine activities more sustainable.

School of fish swimming in deep ocean
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Environmental microbiology and biotechnology

We're searching for new antibiotics and other important enzymes and molecules – and developing the new technology needed to harness microbes for human benefit.

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Molecular Biophysics

We're exploring the composition, function & behaviour of biomolecules so they can have societally, industrially and medically useful functions. Explore our molecular biophysics research.

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Research groups

Institute of Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences

We're exploring disciplinary boundaries to discover, understand and develop knowledge for the benefit of the environment and humankind.

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Ecotoxicology and Environmental Monitoring Research Group

We're researching pure and applied aspects of biological and environmental sciences that are associated with how humans impact the environment.

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Interested in a PhD in Biological Sciences?

Browse our postgraduate research degrees – including PhDs and MPhils – at our Biological Sciences postgraduate research degrees page.