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​​Chris Hauton​, FRSB FMBA


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

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

                             : 0000-0002-2313-4226​​​



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

Amy Lovegrove, BSc, MRes
My Ph.D. project is investigating the modification of microalgae as a biotechnological tool for sustainable aquacultural development. The research is founded in understanding how different species of microalgae influence Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) growth, and what the genetic underpinning of these effects are. The project has thus far led me to the examination of the relationship between microalgae and gametogenesis, metabolism, immunity, and physiology. In the future, I aim to assess the biochemical profile of different algae to discover any patterns between this, and C. gigas genetic/phenotypic plasticity. The profile can then be modified and exploited to create an optimal diet which has potential in disease management to be used as a vector for vaccine administration.

Amy Campbell 

My research explores the impact of climate change on the ecology and evolution of climate-sensitive pathogens, particularly Vibrio bacteria which cause gastrointestinal diseases in humans. I use bioinformatics, remote sensing data, GIS and machine learning to establish possible relationships and look forward into the future to predict how we might expect Vibrio epidemiology to adapt, which will aid the development of effective forecasting systems and public health tools.

Fiona Woods
My Ph.D. project will quantify the benefits, including ecosystem services, provided by relaid oysters in Langstone Harbour, the River Hamble and Newtown Harbour on the Isle of Wight, and will then quantify the impact of that strategy through monitoring. The project in the Solent is one of the largest in Europe.
Globally, the restoration of ostreid bivalves is gaining momentum. In European waters the native oyster Ostrea edulis is the focus of extensive restoration efforts and in the Solent, Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) have been leading the restoration of native oysters since 2015. The Solent historically represented the UK’s largest oyster fishery, but has been in decline since the 1970s and generally closed to fishing since 2013. The Solent represents a good model to understand how to restore an extinct habitat; insights that can be scaled to the wider Europe and beyond.

​Nicola Pratt

Senior Marine Biology Technician


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



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

Postdocs, and next destinations...

Luca Peruzza: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Padova 
Alastair Brown: Teaching Secondary Mathematics and Science , Midhurst Rother College, West Sussex

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, and next destinations...

Zoë Holbrook 2021 - in the USA
Maria Loreto Mardones 2020 - PDRA, University of Southampton
Lina Zapata Restrepo 2020 - PDRA ,University of Southampton
Luke Helmer 2020 - Project Scientist, Blue Marine Foundation
Sarah (Liz) Talbot 2019
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

Willliam Greenhalgh (2021) Investigating the evolution of immune effector molecules, particularly prophenoloxidase, with respect to the refractive ability of decapod crustaceans to WSSV

Isabel Fraser (2021) - Effects of seasonal variation in environmental temperature on the expression of immune related genes in the Pacific Oyster, Crassostrea gigas

Lorna Morris (2021) -  Are There Any Reservoir Hosts For Parasitic Infection By Bonamia ostreae In Ostrea edulis?

Zodia Johnson (2021) - Testing for the presence of anthropogenic N pollution within Zostera marina and Zostera noltii at Calshot, Southampton (UK) using isotopic and elemental leaf tissue analysis


Asia Holie (2020) - Evolution of Immune Effector Molecules in the Decapod Crustacean Suborders Pleocyemata and Dendrobranchiata

Helena Sherman (2020) - Ranking the toxicity and relative risk of heavy metals in ferromanganese crusts and nodules using existing ecotoxicity and resource composition data

Katherine Barnard (2020) - Environmental limits to deep-sea invasion by shallow water fauna in 2020 and 2100; the potential effects of temperature and carbon flux limiting down-slope migration

Gareth Jones (2020) - Quantifying Toxic Risks of Manganese For Classified Polymetallic Nodules Using Shallow-Water Proxy Palaemon varians

Rhianna Wheatley (2020) - Predicting range shifts of some marine molluscs as a result of temperature increase and changes in marine heatwaves by 2100.


Simon Thomas (2019) Quantifying the status and restoration potential of coastal habitats as nutrient regulators

Harry Kelman (2019) The Characterisation of Vertebrate and Invertebrate Genes Involved in the Physiology of High-Pressure Exposure

Barney Gooch (2019) - Expression Analysis of Splice Variants Isolated from the Ig7 Domain of Hypervariable Down-Syndrome Cell Adhesion Molecule (hv-Dscam) of Carcinus maenas, infected with Listonella anguillarum.

Sean Kirwan (2019) - Respiratory response of the shallow-water spider crab Macropodia rostrata to hydrostatic temperature and pressure


Jack Boister (2018) - The expression of two splice variants from the Ig7 region of Dscam in response to Gram positive and Gram negative bacterial infections.

Larissa Lewis (2018) - Mann’s constant and reproduction in oysters

Freya Mitchell (2018) - Assessment of Microplastic Concentration in Humboldt Bay, California and the Impact on Uptake by Mytilus edulis

Ben Goymer (2018) - The effect of two species of algae on the nutrient cycling abilities of the European flat oyster, Ostrea edulis

Catherine Whitby (2018) - Molecular response of the European oyster, Ostrea edulis, to TBT exposure and recovery

Joshua Modern (2018) - Gametogensis in different oyster populations from around the UK

Hannah Brittain (2018) - Optimising a method to quantify MPs in inter-tidal sediments around Jersey, Channel Islands


Annabel Macklin (2017) Expression of splice variants from the IG7 domain of Down Syndrome Cell Adhesion Molecule in response to infection in the shore crab Carcinus maenas.

Harry Cooper (2017) Morphological and molecular investigation of the Genus Eurythenes from the Porcupine Abyssal Plain


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) - Avoidance response in shallow (Holothuria forskali) and abyssal (Peniagone sp.) holothurians mitigates toxicity of copper contaminated sediments: Implications for monitoring ecological impact of deep-sea mineral mining

Rowan Poulter (2015) - Infestation of shore crab gills by a free-living mussel species

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 Hudspith (2010)


Daniel Fernando (2009)

Stephanie Deane (2009)


Lauren Hall (2007)

Nikki Parker (2007)


Malgorzata Strycharczuk (2006)

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