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I am a marine ecologist whose expertise lies in investigating the effects of humans on aquatic organisms through pollution and exploitation. Research interests include the role of conservation in protecting benthic habitats and the effects of pollutants on benthic systems using polychaete models. Other areas include aquaculture of invertebrates for the marine aquarium trade and the environmental and endocrine control of reproduction in marine invertebrates.

Research Interests

  • Environmental and endocrine control of reproduction in marine invertebrates
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Effects human impacts (bait collection) on benthic systems
  • The role of chemical signalling in marine invertebrates
  • The marine aquarium trade

Current PhD Research Topics

  • Effects of chronic exposure of industrial chemicals on invertebrates
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of marine conservation

For further detail on current projects, please see my lab page.

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 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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  • 2ème workshop "Environnement Marin et Développement Durable: Quels enjeux pour demain?"

    Jonathan Richir (Presented paper), Antoine Batigny (Participant), Nadege Georges (Participant), Lovina Fullgrabe (Participant), Paul Suvarov (Participant), Sylvie Gobert (Participant), Giles Lepoint (Participant), Alberto Borges (Participant), Willy Champenois (Participant), Fabrice Franck (Participant), Stephane Roberty (Participant), Pierre Lejeune (Participant), Arnaud Abadie (Participant), Michele Leduc (Presented paper), Pierre Boissery (Participant), V. Rigaud (Participant), Bruno Andral (Participant), Alexis Lefebvre (Participant), C. Belin (Participant), N. Naud-Masson (Participant), D. Maurer (Participant), F. Artigas (Participant), G. Wacquet (Participant), Joao Silva (Participant), Rui Santos (Participant), Khalid Elkalay (Participant), Karima Khalil (Participant), Gordon Watson (Participant) & Philippe Grosjean (Participant)

    27 Oct 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  • Congreso Iberoamericana de Ingeniería Mecánica 2016

    Jonathan Richir (Presented paper), Sylvie Gobert (Participant), Pierre Lejeune (Participant), Gordon Watson (Participant) & Philippe Grosjean (Participant)

    13 Apr 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference