Research on marine pollution considers the environmental damage caused by waste discharged into the sea. Our work considers a diverse range of wastes from chemical contaminates such as persistent organic pollutants, to organic enrichment, for example associated with fish farming activities, as well as solid items of marine litter. Research on algal and aquatic plant ecotoxicology is concentrating particularly on the mechanistic basis for responses to environmental stressors, of both an anthropogenic and natural origin, in marine algae and seagrasses, with an emphasis on physiological and cellular processes.
Research is informed by laboratory experiments as well as environmental monitoring. Our research is funded by Defra, EA, EU, IUCN and UNEP and has totalled over £1million since the last research assessment exercise in 2008. Recent and on-going work is informing policy within the UK, Europe and Internationally.