Dr David Jones

Dr David Jones


I am, at present, studying for a PhD where I'm looking at the characterisation and the environmental implications of a range of organic toxicants (including Naphthenic Acids and dibenzothiopenes) which are released from weathered and degraded crude oils and tar sands. My PhD is funded by UoP and is supervised by Professor Steve Rowland, Dr Anthony Lewis and Dr Alan Scarlett in the Petroleum and Environmental Geochemistry Group (PEGG). Personal Page at the PEGG Group http://www.research.plymouth.ac.uk/pegg/staff/jones_dea/deajones.htm

I have always had a keen interest in science and the environment. This was sparked at an early age by my parents, who were both teachers, who encouraged me to explore the natural world, especially the rocky shore and other coastal systems.

In 2005, after completing a part time Access to Higher Education course, I enrolled on the BSc Environmental Science programme at the University of Plymouth, from which I graduated in 2008 with First Class Honours. I was able to tailor my studies to my interests in environmental pollution and ecotoxicology. I focused these interests in my research project (supervised by Professor Steve Rowland in the Petroleum and Environmental Geochemistry Group; PEGG) which was entitled "Brominated Flame etardants in Fish Oils".

In 2009 I attained an MSc in Applied Marine Science from the University of Plymouth, for which I was awarded a NERC stipend. I undertook modules focusing on environmental chemistry, pollution and toxicology. My MSc research project was a study of the bioavailability of potentially toxic metals that are released by anti-fouling paints and was supervised by Dr Andrew Turner (University of Plymouth) and Professor Jim Readman (Plymouth Marine Laboratory).

In 2010 I attended the Manchester meeting of the  British Organic Geochemistry Society, where I was awarded best student oral presentation.


BSc Environmental Science from UoP (Graduated 2008)

MSc Applied Marine Science (Graduated 2009)

Professional membership

Member of the Society of Environmental Toxicologists And Chemists (SETAC)

Research groups

  • Biogeochemistry Research Centre (BGC)
  • Petroleum and Environmental Geochemistry

    • Rowland, S.J., Jones, D., Scarlett, A.G., West, C.E., Liu Pok Hin, Boberek, M., Smith, B.E. and Whitby, C. Synthesis and toxicity of some metabolites of the microbial degradation of synthetic naphthenic acids. Science of the Total Environment. (In press). [doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2011.04.012].
    • Rowland, S.J., West, C.E., Scarlett, A.G. and Jones, D. Identification of individual acids in a commercial sample of naphthenic acids from petroleum by two dimensional comprehensive gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry. (In press).
    • Rowland, S.J., West, C.E., Scarlett, A.G., Jones, D., Boberek, M., Pan, L., Ng, M., Kwong, L. and Tonkin, A. Monocyclic and monoaromatic naphthenic acids: Synthesis & Characterisation. Environmental Chemistry Letters. (In press). [doi: 10.1007/s10311-011-0314-6].
    • West, C.E., Jones, D., Scarlett, A.G. and Rowland, S.J. Compositional heterogeneity may limit the usefulness of commercial naphthenic acids for toxicity assays. Science of the Total Environment. (Submitted).
    • Rowland, S.J., Scarlett, A.G., Jones, D., West, C.E. and Frank, R.A. (2011) Diamonds in the rough: Identification of individual naphthenic acids in oil sands process water. Environmental Science & Technology 45, 3154-3159. [doi: 10.1021/es103721b].
    • Rowland, S.J., West, C.E., Scarlett, A.G., Jones, D. and Frank, R.A. (2011) Identification of individual tetra- and pentacyclic naphthenic acids in oil sands process water by comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 25, 1198-1204. [doi: 10.1002/rcm.4977].
    • Jones, D. and Turner, A. (2010) Bioaccessibility and mobilisation of copper and zinc in estuarine sediment contaminated by antifouling paint particles. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 87, 399-404. [doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2010.01.018].