star Research Students

The following Postgraduate Research Students have completed their doctorate during the REF census period. For a list of current students please view departmental pages. Where possible, we have linked to the full-text electronic version of the PhD theses. The other PhD theses are available on request by contacting

Name Project Title
AL-HUMAM, Abdulmohsen Abdul-Aziz Effects of Nitrate on Bacterial Communities in an Oil Field Water Distribution System
CHAE, Dong-Ryul Study on the Economic Benefits of Marine Protected Area: Estimation of Tourism Benefits of a UK Marine Reserve
HEADS, Sam William Studies on the Taxonomy and Systematics of Orthoptera with Particular Reference to Fossil Taxa
POOLE, Geoffrey David The Production of Soluble Proteins having Blood Group Activity, and their Use in Quantifying Red Cell Antibodies in Pregnant Women
SHERLOCK, Nick An Evaluation of the Robust Aerobic Digestion System
SOMERSET, Mark John Effects of the S-Triazines Irgarol and Atrazine on Bivalve Molluscs
TAYLOR, Michael Paul Aspects of the History, Anatomy, Taxonomy and Palaeobiology of Sauropod Dinosaurs
WITTON, Mark Paul The Palaeoecology and Diversity of Pterosaurs
GONDE, Christopher Incidences of Calcineurin-Inhibitor Adverse Events in Liver Transplant Recipients
HIGHAM, Jeffrey An Investigation into the de Broglie-Bohm Approach to the Dirac Equation
MURRAY, Joanna Michelle Regeneration and Reproduction in Sabella Pavonina (Savigny): Developing a Novel Method to Culture Marine Ornamental Sabellids
RICKETTS, David John Reconfiguration and Modernisation of a District General Hospital Clinical Biochemistry Service
SCHWILL, Richard Structural, Biochemical and Molecular Studies on Thraustochytrium
DERAS, Jose Efrain The Central American Common Market (CACM): an analysis of economic integration and competitiveness
GREENFIELD, David John I.K. Brunel and William Gravatt, 1826-1841: their professional and personal relationship
MALYON, Graham Paul Insight into the digestive processes of the wood-boring marine crustacean Limnoria quadripunctata
OYEGBILE, Maria Bolatito Phenotypic and genotypic variations in floral traits that affect mating system of Collinsia heterophylla
TUFFNAIL, William Edward A 1H NMR metabolomic study of the metabolic effects of pesticides on the non-target invertebrates the blue mussel Mytilus edulis and the non-biting midge larvae Chironomus riparius
WATKINS, Siobhan Clare Physico-chemical and microbial factors affecting the operation of a package wastewater treatment plant
ABDI, Yasin Mohamed The appropriateness of clinical microbiology laboratory investigations: a retrospective study of the cost and clinical relevance of specimen management and processing
AL-AMRI, Issa Sulaiman Said Reproductive cycle of the house gecko, Hemidactylus flaviviridis, in Oman in relation to morphological and ultrastructural changes and plasma steroid concentrations with reference to localisation of progesterone receptors
BATAGARAWA, Rabia Lawal Sustainability appraisal of waste management in Nigeria: development and evaluation of an index based tool
CHEUNG, Clifford Chee Pang Characteristics of genetic factors that influence gender in Atlantic salmon
CROOKS, Lucy Elizabeth Organic contaminants in salmonid spawning grounds: occurrences and effects on the early life stages of salmonids
CROOKS, Neil Sexual and seasonal dimorphisms in the dermal, dental and ampullary structures of the lesser-spotted catshark, Scyliorhinus canicula
KENNING, John In vitro synergy of tigecycline against Burkholderia cepacia complex and other multi-resistant, nonfermentative, Gram negative bacteria from cystic fibrosis patients
NANOS, Nikolaos A study on the importance of seismic parameter selection for the vulnerability assessment of mid-rise reinforced concrete structures
PUNGKUN, Vithit Chronic radiation doses to aquatic biota
SIMPSON, Paul Studies on the degradation of horn, antler and ivory at archaeological sites
STANTON, Samuel Andrew Structure and function of the external ciliation of larval bivalves with different life history strategies
ARGYRIOU Athanasios A Methodology for the Rapid Identification of Neotectonic Features using Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing: A Case Study from Western Crete
BATENBURG, Sietske Orbital Pacing of Maastrichtian Climate - Integrated Stratigraphy of the Zumaia and Sopelana Sections (N-Spain)
BRADLEY Victoria Anne Determining sub-arachnoid haemorrhage in the clinical biochemistry laboratory utilising cerebrospinal fluid samples
BROWN Sarah Krystyna The distribution and development of eruptive centres and lava flow- field characteristics at Somma- Vesuvius, Italy
CAMPBELL Alison The behaviour of pharmaceuticals in anaerobic digester sludge
DAVIES Laura Louise The UK back pain subpopulation study: predictors of outcome in patients receiving chiropractic treatment
ENEA Cornelia Florentina Rutile: a new petrogenetic tool to investigate old subduction zones
GREEN ETXABE Amaia The wood boring amphipod Chelura (terebrans)
GULER Yasmin Zara Population Dynamics and Sex-determining Mechanisms in the Marine Amphipod, Echinogammarus marinus***
GURNEY David Andrew Development and implementation of regional platelet diagnostic laboratory in order to enhance the diagnosis and treatment of inherited platelet function disorders.
HENDY Ian Habitat creation for animals by teredinid bivalves in Indonesian mangrove ecosystems
HOUWELING Taco August Wilhelm Description of outcomes, patient experiences and related costs of care in low back pain patients undergoing chiropractic treatment in the UK
PINCHIN Hannah Investigations on the feasability of using Phytoremediation for treatmemt of hydrocarbon-contaminated sediments at Horsea Lagoon
POPPLE, Tina The Behaviour, Fate and Removal of Pharmaceuticals in Biological Nutrient Removal Sewage Treatment
THABARD Marie Effects of macroalgae, with emphasis on Sargassum spp., on coral reef recruitment processes in Martinique (French West Indies)
YUANGDETKLA Kwanjai Distribution of landslides and geotechnical properties within the Hampshire Basin

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star Research Collaborations

Interdisciplinary research within the University is supported by the Research Development Fund, awarding grants for pilot studies specifically targeted at cross-discipline and cross-department collaboration. National and international external research collaboration is supported by departmental travel funds, and by a programme of external speakers and visitors. We regularly host and convene conferences in earth and environmental sciences including: Building Strong Continents, 2013; ECOFLOR, 2013 convened by Barrales at University of Seville; COGER Environmental Radioactivity, 2012; Pollinator mediated selection in Floral Evolution 2011 convened by Armbruster in Turin; Molecular and Microbial Ecology, 2011; Siluria Revisited, 2011; Marine Biogeochemistry Forum, 2011; Extractive Industry Geology 2010;Geological Society Fermor Meeting 'Rodinia', Edinburgh, 2009 convened by Strachan in Edinburgh.

Twelve out of 28 submitted staff have given international invited and keynote lectures since 2008, including: American Society for Limnology and Oceanography (Hayes); “Chernobyl – 25 years on”, 2011, Udine, Italy (Smith) and American Geophysical Union 2010, San Francisco (Storey).

Other examples of national and international recognition since 2008 include:

  • Four staff (Benson, Fones, Storey, Watson) are members of the NERC Peer Review College; Fones has recently been appointed to Core Panel membership.
  • Storey is a member of NERC Edinburgh Ion Microprobe Facility Steering Committee and of the NERC Services Review Group and Smith was a member of the NERC "Radioactivity and the Environment" programme Expert Group. May was a Commissioning Panel member of the AHRC/EPSRC Science and Heritage Programme, 2008-2013.
  • Armbruster is a member of the U.S. NSF Grants Panel on Evolutionary Processes
  • Allen is a member (2008-) of the Steering Commitee of the EU HYMEX (Hydrological Cycle in the Mediterranean) programme and Fones was a member of the Defra ME5301 Seabed Integrity steering group
  • Wattage is an adviser for the International Foundation for Science (IFS), Sweden.
  • Hayes: President of the Phycological Society of America (2010); currently President of the British Phycological Society and (2011-2013) a council member of the European Federation of Microbiological Societies
  • Lloydell is Vice-President of the Palaeontographical Society and Britain's only voting member of the International Subcommission on Silurian Stratigraphy
  • Cragg is Vice- President of Malacological Society of London
  • Smith is Chair of the UK Coordinating Group on Environmental Radioactivity and a member of the IAEA Chernobyl Cooling Pond Expert Group
  • Storey is (since 2012) Vice-President of the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland (2012-13) and Chair of its Personnel Committee
  • Watson is Vice-president of the International Society of Invertebrate Reproduction and Development.
  • Fones is currently Chair of the Marine Biogeochemistry Forum (Challenger Society for Marine Science) and was a member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Meetings Committee 2008-2010.
  • Hellio is vice-President of the European Society for Marine Biotechnology (2012-date)
  • Journal Editorships: Monographs of the Palaeontological Society (Lloydell); J. of the Geological Society (Strachan); Associate Editorships: J. Phycology (Hayes, 2008-12); Proc. Roy. Soc B (Armbruster, 2011-date); Mineralogical Magazine (Storey); Int. J. Energy and Natural Resources (Wattage); Int. J. Ecology and Development (Hellio); Special edition guest editor: Aquatic Toxicology (Ford)
  • Benson received the European Geophysical Union EMRP Division Outstanding Young Scientist Award, 2011 and Strachan was awarded the Coke Medal of the Geological Society, 2012.

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