Gary Fones

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Environmental aquatic chemistry
Macro and micro-nutrient biogeochemistry
Passive sampling (Chemcatcher)
Water quality monitoring

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Personal profile


I joined the University of Portsmouth in 2006 as a Senior Lecturer in Marine Biogeochemistry and was promoted in 2013 to Reader and in 2017 to Professor of Environmental Aquatic Chemistry.  Previous to this I held a number of research posts at the University of Southampton, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (USA) and Lancaster University.  I have a background in oceanography (BSc and MSc) and environmental analytical chemistry (PhD). I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Editor-in-Chief of the journal ‘Continental Shelf Research’ and a core member of the NERC Peer Review College.

Research Interests

My main research interests are water and sediment quality monitoring using in-situ passive samplers for trace metals, nutrients and polar organic contaminants. Other research interests include trace metal and nutrient sediment water interactions (including sediment resuspension), benthic fluxes, contaminant fluxes and transformations and benthic-pelagic coupling. I have worked on a number of NERC funded projects (Macronutrients and Shelf-Sea Biogeochemistry) and currently work closely with a number of UK water supply companies on integrating passive sampling monitoring into their coastal monitoring and river catchment management strategies.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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