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The Centre for Environmental Sciences (CES) is a collaborative enterprise operating across the University, with inputs from other science disciplines in Biological Sciences, Geography, and Ocean & Earth Science, as well as CES's home, Engineering and the Environment.

Group Overview


The Centre is the University hub for undergraduate and taught postgraduate degrees and courses in environmental science. We act as a focal point for interdisciplinary research, providing links between traditional subject boundaries and seeking sound, well-founded solutions to environmental science problems.

We offer both three-year (BSc) and four-year (MEnvSci) degrees in environmental science. In each degree course, students follow a common core with specific subject pathways available in the contributing disciplines. Southampton is consistently ranked among the top 10 UK institutions for environmental science at undergraduate level, and has an annual intake of about 60 students.

The masters degrees complement these courses, providing the knowledge and skills necessary for a career in the environmental science sector.

We are pleased to offer supervision for students undertaking doctoral (PhD) research in environmental science. Our interdisciplinary focus enables them to integrate different aspects of their research through collaboration with academic staff working in complementary fields.


CES carries out research under the auspices of the Environment Research Group. Our research activities encompass many areas, although there is a common focus on the impacts and management of human activities on the natural environment.

Current areas of study include:

  • carbon management
  • estuarine, marine and coastal ecotoxicology
  • ecosystem services for poverty alleviation in developing countries 
  • risk assessment for genetically modified crops and biofuels
  • applied avian ecology and conservation
  • coastal environmental change
  • communities, habitat, restoration and management of streams, rivers and urban ponds
  • applications of remote sensing and geographical information systems for environmental monitoring
  • reptile habitat management and ecology
  • waste recycling, reduction and management
  • ecology and management of freshwater fish and fisheries
  • employability and sustainability

Contact Us:

Civil, Maritime and Environmental Engineering and Science Unit
Engineering and the Environment
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
Southampton SO17 1BJ

Administrative officers:

Satwant Virdee
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 4914

Sheila Stickland
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 8946

Melanie Hallford
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 2192

Kelly Carter
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 2692 

Aparna Subaiah-Varma 
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 7745





Research Staff

Staff MemberPrimary Position
Heather L Brown Postgraduate research student
Tony CurranSenior Public Engagement Fellow
Helen J DaviesPostgraduate research student
Jasper De BiePostgraduate Research Student
Mathias DeleauPostgraduate research student
Duncan EastPostgraduate research student
Nathan FoxPostgraduate research student (SPITFIRE)
Matt GroteResearch Fellow in Transport and the Environment
Nazmul HaqVisiting Research Fellow
Malcolm D HudsonAssociate Professor in Environmental Sciences
Paul KempProfessor of Ecological Engineering
Simon KempProfessorial Fellow in Education
Julia KendalSustainability Action Officer
Jim KerrResearch Fellow for AMBER project
Terry LangfordVisiting Professor
Jack R MerrifieldPostgraduate research student
Sarah T.V NeenanEngD Researcher
Patrick OsborneReader in Applied Ecology, Director of Programmes for Environmental Science
Lee Anthony PardoePostgraduate Research Student (IDTC)
Kate ParksSenior Teaching Fellow
Andres PayoResearch Fellow- Coastal System Modeller
Xavier PierronPhD candidate in Engineering and Environment
Oliver RobinsonPostgraduate research student
Jessica SavagePostgraduate Researcher
Kate SchreckenbergVisiting Academic in Environmental Science
Pete ShawAssociate Professor in International Centre for Environmental Science
Talia SherrardPostgraduate research student
Jake L SnaddonLecturer in Environmental Science
Christina ThielePostgraduate research student
Christina ThielePostgraduate research student
Ian WilliamsProfessor
Sirirat YensongPostgraduate research student
Lina M Zapata RestrepoPostgraduate research student

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