Mr Andrew Atfield

Mr Andrew Atfield

Marine Biology Technical Manager

School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)



Biochemistry and Toxicology Technician


BSc Marine Biology. MSc Applied Marine Science


Professional membership

Associate Fellow Higher Education Academy 



Teaching interests

I support a wide variety of work from ecotoxicology and ecophysiology engaging physiological and biochemical methods. Students are from a variety of backgrounds from undergraduate to postgraduate and need help ranging from simple techniques to more complex experimental design. I enjoy sharing knowledge of core laboratory skills with students who have either missed or overlooked this opportunity, as well as more detailed theory and concepts. 

In my support of teaching I work between School of Biological and Marine Sciences and School of Biomedical and Healthcare Sciences.



Research interests

  • Biomarkers of toxicological, environmental and developmental stress 
  • Physiological responses to a changing environment
  • Microplastics and Nanotoxicology
  • Method development and troubleshooting



Rossbach, Lisa M., Shaw, Benjamin J., Piegza, Dawid, Vevers, William F., Atfield, Andrew J., Handy, Richard D. (2017) Sub-lethal effects of waterborne exposure to copper nanoparticles compared to copper sulphate on the shore crab (Carcinus maenas). Aquatic Toxicology. 191: 245-255

Hallett, Katrina C., Atfield, Andrew., Comber, Sean, Hutchinson, Thomas H. (2016) Developmental toxicity of metaldehyde in the embryos of Lymnaea stagnalis (Gastropoda: Pulmonata) co-exposed to the synergist piperonyl butoxide. Science of the Total Environment. 543: 37-43.

Boyle, David., Boran, Halis., Atfield, Andrew., Henry, Theodore. (2014). Use of an exposure chamber to maintain aqueous-phase nanoparticle dispersions for improved toxicity testing in fish. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 34 (3).

Jarrold, Michael D., Calosi, Piero, Verberk, Wilco C. E. P., Rastrick, Samuel P. S., Atfield, Andrew, Spicer, John I. (2013) Physiological plasticity preserves the metabolic relationship of the intertidal non-calcifying anthozoan-Symbiodinium symbiosis under ocean acidification. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 449: 200-206.

Calosi, Piero., Bilton, David T., Spicer, John I., Verbeck, Wilco, C.E.P., Atfield, Andrew., Garland Theodore. (2011) The comparative biology of diving beetles in two genera of European Dytiscidae (Coleoptera). Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 25(2):329-41.

Sanchez-Fernandez, David., Calosi, Piero., Atfield, Andrew., Arribas, Paula., Velaso, Johana., Spicer, John I., Millan, Andres., Bilton, David T. (2010) Reduced salinities compromise the thermal tolerance of hypersaline specialist diving beetles. Physiological Entymology. 32(3): 265-73.

Calosi, Piero., Bilton, David T., Spicer, John I., Votier, Stephen.,  Atfield, Andrew. (2009) What determines a species geographical range? Thermal biology and latitudinal range size relationships in European diving beetles (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae)Journal of Animal Ecology. 79(1): 194-204.

Bradford, Adam., Handy, Richard D., Readman, James W., Atfield, Andrew., Muhling, Martin. (2009). Impact of silver nanoparticle contamination on the genetic diversity of natural bacterial assemblages in estuarine sediments. Environmental Science and Technology. 43(12): 4530-6.

Calosi, Piero., Bilton, David T., Spicer, John I., Atfield, Andrew. (2008) Thermal tolerance and geographical range size in the Agabus brunneus group of European diving beetles (Coleoptera: Dysticidae). Journal of Biogeography 35(2): 295-305.