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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton
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Professor Chris Hauton BSc, PhD, FRSB

Professor of Marine Ecophysiology

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Professor Chris Hauton is Professor of Marine Ecophysiology within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

BSc Oceanography with Biology, University of Southampton (1992)
PhD Marine Biology, University of Southampton (1995)

Research interests

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.

Related links

HERMIONE (Hotspot Ecosystem Research and Man's Impact on European Seas)

UK Ocean Acidification Research Programme

Benthic Acidification

CALMARO (Calcification by Marine Organisms)


Research group

Marine Biology and Ecology

Research project(s)

Quantifying and Monitoring Potential Ecosystem Impacts of Geological Carbon Storage (QICS)

SALOA Climate change and the costs of survival in two species of marine crabs with contrasting abilities to compensate for environmental change

MIDAS Managing Impacts of Deep-seA reSource exploitation

ECO2 Sub-seabed CO2 Storage: Impact on Marine Ecosystems

Impacts of ocean acidification on key benthic ecosystems, communities, habitats, species and life cycles

Man-made underwater sound may have wider ecosystem effects than previously thought


Editor for the Invertebrate Survival Journal

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Book Chapter


SOES6001 Contemporary Topics in Ocean Science – module leader
SOES3027 BSc Independent Research Projects – module leader

MSc Research Projects
Ecological Marine Parasitology
Tropical Marine Biology
Marine Molecular Biology
The Environmental Physiology of Marine Organisms
Coastal and Estuarine Oceanography II
Introduction to Marine Molecular Biology

Professor Chris Hauton
Ocean and Earth Science
National Oceanography Centre Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
European Way
Southampton SO14 3ZH

Room Number : NOCS/566/16

Facsimile: (023) 8059 3059

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