Dr Lyn Newton

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  • Qualifications:BSc MSc PhD
  • Position:Head of School : Applied Sciences
  • Department:HAS - Applied Sciences
  • Telephone:+4411732 85452

About me

I started my scientific career working as a Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer at Leicester Royal Infirmary. After a number of years I changed scientific direction to follow my lifetime interest in marine life. After obtaining a BSc in Marine Biology from Newcastle University I continued my academic studies at Napier University, Scotland with a MSc Biology of Water Resource Management and my PhD on the effects of natural and induced stress on echinoderms. I moved to Bristol in 1997 as a post-doc to research the changes in fish communities of the Severn Estuary. More recent research projects have continued this theme and focus on to the long-term changes in the plankton communities of the Severn Estuary. I have expanded my research interest to examine the long-term resilience of coral reef communities, through a collaboration with the University of Havana. My current PhD students are examining seagrass communities in Greece, and the role of eDNA in protecting common eel populations.

After being appointed as a Lecturer in Environmental Biology I progressed to become programme cluster leader for environmental programmes before taking up the position of Associate Head of Department for the Biological and Environmental Sciences and Science Communication. I have recently worked as the external examiner for the MSc Ecological Assessment delivered by the University of Cork, Ireland. I am the partnership lead for Bristol Zoo Gardens. Despite my recent appointment to Head of Department of Applied Sciences, I keep my hand in teaching UG and PG students and help with the department expeditions, as I believe it is important to maintain contact with students to ensure an excellent student experience.


Area of expertise

Subject expertise includes - Marine ecology, plankton, Marine conservation, tropical marine ecosystems. Practical Skills include- in organising Expeditions, Marine surveys - intertidal and SCUBA, Fieldwork.

Other publications include:

Phillips, E. & Newton, L.C. Attitudes of UK consumers to farmed seafood. (2012) DEFRA Shellfish News no.34.

Culshaw, C. Newton, L.C. & Bird, D.J. Sub-lethal effects of cadmium: Behavioural responses in the brown shrimp Crangon crangon. Mar. Env. Res. 58 (2004) p410-411,  

Occasional reviewer for Journal Env Science and Technology; Science for Environmental Policy; Journal Hydrobiologia.



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