Prof. Charles Tyler

Prof. Charles Tyler

Prof. Charles Tyler
University of Exeter

Charles Tyler is Deputy Head of Biosciences in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Exeter. He is principally a reproductive physiologist and ecotoxicologist. His research spans investigations into the effect mechanisms of endocrine disrupting chemicals, pharmaceuticals and nanoparticles, to assessing population level effects of these environmental contaminants in wildlife, principally fish. He was involved with some of the first studies to show that there are chemicals in the environment that mimic hormones (endocrine disrupting chemicals - EDCs) leading to altered reproductive function in fish in UK rivers. With collaborators he has subsequently provided evidence identifying some of the chemicals causing these effects, supported understanding of chemical mixture effects, and contributed to the development of new test systems (including transgenic fish models) for screening and testing chemicals. In some of his more recent work he has been researching into the mechanisms of disease especially those associated with aquaculture.

Charles has many international collaborations and his team work closely with various industries including AstraZeneca, Syngenta, and UK Water Companies and with the UK Environment Agency and DEFRA. Charles sits on various national and international advisory boards for chemicals and test methods development and he has published more than 220 full research papers. In 2012, Charles was awarded The Fisheries Society of the British Isles Beverton Medal for ground breaking research in fish biology and in 2015 he was awarded The Founders Award from the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry which is the highest award given to an individual with an outstanding career in the environmental sciences.  Charles’s passion is natural history and he also works on various wildlife conservation projects.

Charles is a Principle Investigator on this grant and responsible for its overall coordination.