Specialism: Physiology and immunology of marine invertebrates
Chris Hauton is a marine ecophysiologist with expertise in assessing how natural and anthropogenic drivers impact the ecophysiology and immunology of marine invertebrates. His research encompasses different levels of biological organization from molecular studies of changes in gene expression to assays of whole organism physiology. Recent research has 1) provided evidence for upregulated metabolism in response to seawater acidification in temperate coastal crustaceans; 2) identified molecular mechanisms underlying immune response in various marine invertebrates; and 3) identified novel antimicrobial components in decapod crustaceans.
Ongoing research activity includes:
- studies of molecular phylogenetic diversity across diverse deep sea habitats (EU FP7 funded HERMIONE project)
- ecophysiological and immunological impacts of low pH (from dissolved anthropogenic CO2 and CCS reservoir leaks) on marine organisms (2 UK NERC funded projects and EU FP7 funded ECO2)
- studies of the mechanisms of calcification of marine bivalves (EU Marie Curie ITN CALMARO) and
- studies of invertebrate immune receptor diversity and immune response in marine invertebrates (University and UK CEFAS funded).
He has published > 22 articles and book chapters (incl. in press and in review) in peer-reviewed literature and has been awarded ~ £1.3 million in research grant funding from NERC, BBSRC, Royal Society, and the EU since 2001.
HERMIONE (Hotspot Ecosystem Research and Man's Impact on European Seas) http://www.eu-hermione.net/
UK Ocean Acidification Research Programme http://www.oceanacidification.org.uk/
Benthic Acidification http://www.benthic-acidification.org/
CALMARO (Calcification by Marine Organisms) http://www.calmaro.eu
Marine Biology and Ecology
Dr Chris Hauton
Student Office, Room 566/03 University of Southampton Waterfront Campus National Oceanography Centre European Way Southampton SO14 3ZH
Room Number: NOCS/566/16
Telephone: (023) 8059 5784
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