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Professor Gary Fones

  • Qualifications: PhD
  • Role Title: Professor of Environmental Aquatic Chemistry
  • Address: School of Earth & Environmental Sciences University of Portsmouth Burnaby Building Burnaby Road Portsmouth PO1 3QL
  • Telephone: 023 92 842252
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  • Department: Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Faculty: Science


I am a Professor of Environmental Aquatic Chemistry in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, with over 20 years of research experience and have 35+ peer-reviewed papers and 4 book chapters. My first degree was in Ocean Science at the University of Plymouth followed by a MSc. in Oceanography at the University of Southampton. My research took me north to Lancashire where I did a PhD at the University of Central Lancashire. I then spent nearly 6 years as a researcher at Lancaster University working on the in situ passive sampler techniques of DGT and DET. From there I moved to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in 2001 and then in 2003 I moved to the University of Southampton - National Oceanographic Centre as a Teaching Fellow before joining Portsmouth in January 2006 as a senior Lecturer. My current main research focus is on macronutrient sediment water interactions (including sediment resuspension), nutrient fluxes and transformations and benthic-pelagic coupling, along with developing new techniques for environmental monitoring (passive samplers [DGT/DET & ChemCatcher]). I currently supervise NERC funded PDRAs and PhD students. I am a core member of the NERC Peer Review College. I enjoy fieldwork and working at sea and have been involved in numerous research cruises around the world including the North Sea, North Atlantic, Sub-Arctic North Pacific, Southern Ocean, Ascension Island and Island of Montserrat regions and also the Celtic Sea in 2014 as part of the NERC funded Shelf-Sea Biogeochemistry Programme.


Teaching Responsibilities

I am unit co-ordinator for:

Level 4: U20139 - Introduction To Oceanography (SEES404)

Level 5: U20141 - Oceanography (SEES513)

Level 6: U20145- Climate Change (SEES613)


I also contribute to:

Level 5: U20129 - Environmental Geochemistry and Analytical Techniques (SEES509)

Level 5: U20130 - Environmental Fieldwork and Analysis (SEES510)

Level 6: U20143 - Environmental Science Dissertation (SEES611)

Level 6: U20142 - Environmental Science Project (SEES610)


My area of research is sediment and water column trace metal and nutrient biogeochemistry. I am currently focused on benthic-pelagic coupling in shallow harbour, estuarine and coastal seas and sediment-water column exchange of macronutrients in coastal and shelf-sea waters, including the impact of sediment resuspension. Current projects include NERC Macronutrients ( and NERC Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry ( I am also interested in Fe and trace metal cycling and speciation in high nitrate low chlorophyll (HNLC) regions of the world’s oceans.  Other interests include metal toxicity and speciation in estuaries and harbours and the development of in-situ passive samplers for trace metals, organometallics, nutrients and actinides in natural waters and sediments.



Research profile

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