​​Chris Hauton​, FRSB FMBA 


​​​Ph.D. University of Southampton, U.K. (1995)

B.Sc. University of Southampton, U.K. (1992)

                             : 0000-0002-2313-4226​​​


Email: ch10@soton.ac.uk

Room: 566/16

Contact Number: +44 (0) 023 8059 5784

Interests: Chris' research interests include all aspects of marine invertebrate ecophysiology and immunology, essentially how natural and anthropogenic environmental drivers impact organism biology and host pathogen interactions. His research encompasses all levels of biological organization from molecular studies of gene expression to assays of whole organism physiology. Whilst most work is conducted as controlled laboratory experiments, he has also worked in situ in shallow waters using scuba and with the NERC ROV Isis in the bathyal and abyssal North Atlantic (RRS James Cook cruise JC036) and Antarctic (RRS James Clark Ross cruise JCR166).


Collaborations: Chris has worked at the Universities of Southampton, London (University Marine Biological Station Millport) and St Andrews as well as with the NERC Sea Mammal Research Unit and with environmental consultancies. ​Current collaborators include researchers at Plymouth Marine Laboratory, the University of Bangor, CEFAS Fish Disease Laboratory Weymouth, UK BBSRC Pirbright Institute, University of Malaya, the C. Abdul Hakeem College, Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture, and the National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources – India, and Bangladesh Agricultural University.


​​Chris’ research and collaborations have been funded through diverse UK sources, including the NERC and BBSRC, British Ecological Society, Royal Society, Natural History Museum and DEFRA as well as the EC Framework Programme, the Office of Economic and Cultural Development, the Malaysian AgroBiotechnology Institute (ABI) and the Newton Fund.

Research Group

Luca Peruzza

Ph.D. Student


Master, University of Pisa, Italy (2013)

B.Sc. University Trieste, Italy (2011)


Email: luca.peruzza@soton.ac.uk

Room: 566/05 National Oceanography Centre

Contact Number: +44 (0) 23 8059 4786

Alastair Brown

Visiting Researcher


M.Sci. (Hons) University of Southampton, U.K. (2010)

Ph.D. University of Southampton, U.K. (2014)


Email: alastair.brown@soton.ac.uk

Lina Maria Zapata Restrepo

Ph.D. Student


M.Sc (Hons) University of Antioquia, Colombia (2013)

B.Sc. (Hons) University of Antioquia, Colombia (2009)


Email: lmzr1g15@soton.ac.uk

Room: 25/2019 Highfield campus, University of Southampton

​Interests: ​​I aspire to reveal physiological influences on the distribution of marine organisms and aim to develop wider understanding of environmental factors influencing adaptation in marine fauna over evolutionary time periods. As part of the MIDAS project, I am investigating ecotoxicological risks to deep-sea fauna posed by deep-sea mineral extraction. The pressure lab is a key facility in this work.

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​Interests: ​​My interests focus on the eco-physiological consequences of hypoxia on different aspect of the physiology of the ditch shrimp, Palaemon varians. I am particularly interested in looking at the effects of prolonged, cyclic hypoxic exposures to identify the physiological response of the animals at different level of biological organisation from the molecular up to the whole-organism level.

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​Interests: ​​My interests focus on the biological and reproductive processes of a collapsing population of the European flat oyster Ostrea edulis in the Solent. My work recognises the main factors that can affect reproductive parameters in O. edulis, such as temperature and pollution that can mimic hormones. Understanding the effects of these variables is important for fisheries management and restoration activity. I am particularly interested in looking at the effects of temperature, hormones and different pollutants on different reproductive parameters, identifying the mechanism for gametogenesis, sex change and sex ratio in this species. Analysis will include measure of biometric parameters, histology, concentration of hormones and biochemical profile under laboratory settings and natural conditions. Click for Lina's publications
Maria Loreto Mardones Velozo 
Ph.D. Student

B.Sc. (Hons), Universidad Austral de Chile, Chile (2010)

Email: mlm1y14@soton.ac.uk

Room: 066/15 National Oceanography Centre

Interests: My research is focused to understanding the importance of maternal effects in the development and physiology of a direct developer species. My principal aim is to evaluate transgenerational plasticity between mother-offspring and how these effects can persist throughout the development of the oyster drill, Ocenebra erinaceus, when exposed to environmental conditions expected to have occurred towards the end of the twenty-first century. The analysis will include physiological and morphological responses exposed to high pCO2 concentration and high temperature in variables such as: maternal investment, intracapsular development, larval embryonic reserves and larval-juvenile growth. Furthermore, my work will include an understanding about encapsulation process in gastropods, how the intracapsular conditions can change throughout development and also the effect of climate change in variables such as: oxygen availability and pH intracapsular. Click for Loreto's publications
Zoë Holbrook 
Ph.D. Student

M.Sci. (1st class Hons) University of Southampton, U.K. (2016)

BA (Hons) Kings College London, U.K. (2011)

Email: zh5g12@soton.ac.uk

Room: 184/08 National Oceanography Centre

Twitter: @ZNHolbrook

Interests: My research will focus on the physical wellbeing and physiological activity of European native oysters, Ostrea edulis, placed on the Solent seabed. These individuals will be monitored at regular intervals throughout a restoration project currently led by Blue Marine Foundation. Observations will include respiration and filtration rates, condition index and prevalence of disease (Bonamia spp., Martelia refringens and OsHV-1). The genetic diversity of this population will be compared to that found in other locations around the UK using various molecular techniques. Hydrodynamic modelling, fieldwork and molecular laboratory techniques will be used to help quantify the benefits and issues with native oyster restoration projects of this kind for future benefit.​
Nicola Pratt

Senior Marine Biology Technician


B.Sc. Cardiff University, U.K. (2008)


Email: n.pratt@noc.soton.ac.uk

Room: 456/16 National Oceanography Centre

Contact Number: +44 (0) 23 8059 6447

Interests: My research focuses on studying the molecular response of marine invertebrates to accidental carbon dioxide release from sub-seabed carbon capture and storage (CSS) systems. Using quantitative PCR, we aim to compare the expression of important metabolic genes in Mytilus edulis, Pecten maximus and Echinocardium cordatum, between control and release sites. Our findings will shed light on the potential risks associated with this method of carbon dioxide emission control.

Previous Group Members


Alastair Brown: PGCE

Ben Ciotti: Lecturer in Marine Biology, Marine Biology & Ecology Research Centre, Plymouth University, UK

Chrysoula Gubili: Fisheries Research Institute in Nea Peramos, Kavala, Greece
Elizabeth Morgan: Experimental Officer, University of Portsmouth, UK
Sam Rastrick: Researcher, Institute of Marine Research, Norway

Ph.D. Students

Zoë Holbrook 2021 - in the USA
Loreto Mardones 2020 - PDRA, University of Southampton
Lina Zapata 2020 - PDRA ,University of Southampton
Luca Peruzza 2018 - Researcher, University of Padova, Italy  
Holger Anlauf 2016 - Researcher, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
Amonsak Sawusdee 2015 - Assistant Professor, School of Engineering and Resources Management, Walailak University, Thailand
James Morris 2015 - Experienced Researcher Fellow at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Bruxelles Belgium
Kelly Bateman 2014 - Coordinator, European Union Reference Laboratory for Crustacean Diseases, Cefas Weymouth, UK
Lauren Hall 2014 – Intensive Care Nursing
Frauke Bagusche 2013
Andrew Oliphant 2013 – Research Fellow, University of Aberystwyth, UK
Kathryn Smith 2013 – Marie Curie Fellow, University of Exeter, UK
Hanna Schuster 2013 - Researcher, Cambridge Environmental Assessments, UK
Jo Hoppes 2011 -  Research Fellow, University of Bangor, UK
Chris Allen 2010 – Researcher, Seastar Survey Ltd, UK
Sarah Murty-Hughes 2010

M.Res / M.Sc / M.Sci. Students

Annabel Macklin (2015)
Harry Cooper (2015)
Tim Weise (2016) - An investigation on the toxicology of micro plastics in the European flat oyster (Ostrea edulis)
Jen Brand (2016) - Temnocephalids in the red claw crayfish Cherax quadricarinatus
Marc Morris (2016) - Characterisation of the diet and gut microbiota of juvenile European plaice (Pleuronectes platessa, Linnaeus) from                                         two nursery beaches in West Scotland
Maisy Fuller (2015) - Electrophysiological evidence for the contrast sensitivity of Uca dampieri to polarized light
Roseanna Wright (2015)
Rowan Poulter (2015)
Tom Jefferson (2015) - Transcriptional response of the edible crab Cancer pagurus to long-term exposures of high pCO2 and low salinity
Zoë Holbrook (2015) - Decreasing salinity in the Skagerrak due to climate change will influence fertilisation success, but not restrict                                                      recruitment of the Pacific oyster, Crassostrea gigas
Hazel Christie (2014)
Navena Almeida (2014)
Xie XIjia (2014)
Yiota Lazarou (2014)
Hannah Gilchrist (2013)
Maha Joana Olschowsky (2013)
Sam Gill (2013)
Shengqian Chen (2012)
Bryony Meakins (2011)
Danae Bello Calahorro (2011)
Katherine Palmer (2011)
Laetitia Gunton(2011)
Rebecca Summerfield (2011)
Alex Lawlor (2010)
Meggie Huspith (2010)
Daniel Fernando (2009)
Stephanie Deane (2009)
Lauren Hall (2007)
Nikki Parker (2007)
Malgorzata Strycharczuk (2006)