Professor Tom Hutchinson

Professor Tom Hutchinson

Associate Head of School (Environmental Science)

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)


Professor in Environment & Health


BSc. (Hons) Environmental Science (King's College, University of London)
Ph.D Marine Biology - Effects of Environmental Contaminants on Immune Functions of Marine Fish (University of Plymouth)
Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP), University of Plymouth
Honorary Professor, Institute for the Environment, Brunel University, UK
Honorary Professor, School of Biosciences, University of Exeter, UK

Professional membership

Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology
Fellow of the Linnean Society
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Roles on external bodies

Trustee of the Field Studies Council (since 2018)
Member of Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Peer Review College (since 2017)
Member of UK Expert Committee on Pesticides (since 2013)
Chair of UK NC3Rs Working Group on Ecotoxicology (since 2007)
Advisor to UK Government Office for Science (Futures of the Sea Project 2017)
Chair of SETAC Global Advisory Group on Endocrine Disrupter Testing & Risk Assessment (2012-2016)
Member of OECD Validation Management Group on Environmental Endocrine Disrupter Test Guidelines (1998-2012)
Science Leader of UK-Japan Intergovernmental Research Cooperation on Environmental Endocrine Disrupters (2010-2015)

Teaching interests

BSc (Hons) Environmental Management & Sustainability
BSc (Hons) Environmental Science
MSc Environmental Consultancy
MSc Marine Conservation
MSc Sustainable Environmental Management
MSc Sustainable Aquaculture Systems

Research interests

Animal welfare in environmental science
Conservation of freshwater and marine ecosystems
Endocrine disruptor risk assessment
Environmental hazards and health
Environmental risk assessment of chemicals
Human - wildlife health connection
Sustainable aquaculture
Water quality protection

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

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Grants & contracts

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Other academic activities

Dart Catchment Water Quality Working Group (Member)
Dart Estuary Forum (Vice Chair)
Field Studies Council (Biodiversity Fellow) 

Additional information

British Canoeing (Canoe & Kayak Volunteer Coach)
Devon Wildlife Trust (Member)
Ibex Canoe Club, Devon (Volunteer Coach 1990-2006)
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
RSPB Life Fellow
RYA Dayskipper
TCV (Founder member of South Devon Conservation Volunteers 1986-2004)
Totnes Canoe Club, Devon (Volunteer Coach since 2006; Safety Officer 2014-2017; Chair 2017-2019)