Professor Tom Hutchinson

Professor Tom Hutchinson

Associate Head of School (Environmental Science)

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences


Professor in Environment & Health Sciences
Associate Head of School - Environmental Sciences
Research Group Leader - Environment, Food & Biotechnology
Management Team of the University of Plymouth Sustainable Earth Institute


BSc. (Hons) Environmental Science (King's College, University of London)
Ph.D Marine Biology - Effects of Environmental Contaminants on Immune Functions of Marine Fish (University of Plymouth)
Honorary Professor, Institute for the Environment, Brunel University, UK
Honorary Professor, School of Biosciences, University of Exeter, UK

Professional membership

Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology
Fellow of the Linnean Society
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Roles on external bodies

Trustee of the Field Studies Council (since 2018)
Member of Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Peer Review College (since 2017)
Member of UK Expert Committee on Pesticides (since 2013)
Chair of UK NC3Rs Working Group on Ecotoxicology (since 2007)
Advisor to UK Government Office for Science (Futures of the Sea Project 2017)
Chair of SETAC Global Advisory Group on Endocrine Disrupter Testing & Risk Assessment (2012-2016)
Member of OECD Validation Management Group on Environmental Endocrine Disrupter Test Guidelines (1998-2012)
Science Leader of UK-Japan Intergovernmental Research Cooperation on Environmental Endocrine Disrupters (2010-2015)

Teaching interests

Animal and Plant Physiology

Animals and Human Health
Global Environmental Perspectives
Environmental Pollution
Health and Production in Aquaculture

Research interests

Adverse Outcome Pathways in risk assessment
Animal alternatives in environmental science
Climate change and chemical risk assessment
Developmental and reproductive toxicology
Endocrine disruptor risk assessment
Environmental issues for sustainable aquaculture
Human & wildlife health connection
Water quality protection (freshwater and marine)

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

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Grants & contracts

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Research groups

  • Plymouth Sustainability and Surfing Research Group (PSSRG)

Other academic activities

Field Studies Council Biodiversity Fellow
Field Studies Council Trustee

Additional information

British Canoeing Coach (canoe and kayak)
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
RYA Dayskipper