School of Biological Sciences


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Dr Gordon Watson

  • Role Title: Reader in Marine Zoology
  • Address: Institute of Marine Sciences, School of Biological Sciences, Ferry Road, Eastney, Portsmouth, PO1 2DY
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5798
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  • Department: School of Biological Sciences
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


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.

Teaching Responsibilities

Animal physiology


Marine zoology

Marine Protected Areas

Ecophysiology of marine invertebrates


Residential marine field course.


Environmental and endocrine control of reproduction in marine invertebrates


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.


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