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Karen Louise Thorpe


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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

At the moment I do not have any funding available. However, I welcome applications from highly motivated and enthusiastic students interested in understanding the impacts of environmental contaminants on the physiology, behaviour and reproduction of aquatic invertebrates and vertebrates.

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Research interests

I am an applied biologist working in the field of aquatic ecotoxicology.  My research focuses on understanding the impacts of emerging environmental contaminants (including endocrine disruptors, pharmaceuticals, pesticides and plastics) on stress physiology and reproductive success of invertebrates and vertebrates, particularly fish.


  • 2014-Present   Senior Lecturer in Ecotoxicology, University of York (UK)
  • 2011-2014       Senior Lecturer in Ecotoxicology, University of Portsmouth (UK)
  • 2010- 2011      Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Prince Edward Island (Canada)
  • 2006-2010       Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Basel (Switzerland)
  • 2001-2006       Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Exeter (UK)
  • 2001                PhD (Aquatic Ecotoxicology), Brunel University (UK)