Mr Andrew Atfield

Mr Andrew Atfield

Senior Technician (Biochemistry & Toxicology)

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

Ecotoxicological, ecophysiological and biochemical methods, both experimental and assay based. I enjoy teaching core laboratory skills to students who have either missed the opportunity or overlooked this key scientific skill. Good laboratory practice and an understanding of scientific techniques are not the most glamorous of subjects but underpin all that our students move on to do.

Research interests

  • Biomarkers of toxicological, environmental and developmental stress 
  • Physiological responses to a changing environment
  • 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.