Jeanette Rotchell

Professor Jeanette Rotchell


Faculty of Science and Engineering

01482 465333

Professor Rotchell's research focuses on the biological effects of environmental contaminants at the molecular level, known as molecular ecotoxicology.

Currently funded projects include cancer in fish, endocrine disruption and photoperiod in bivalves, inland waterways sediment characterisation of EU Watch List chemicals, microplastics in mussels and pharmaceuticals in the Humber Estuary.


Research Interests

Environmental Toxicology


Endocrine Disruption in Bivalves

Research groups

Prof Rotchell is the project lead for the recently-funded EU North Sea Region Interreg project Sullied Sediments.

She works with many external collaborators at other universities worldwide as well as regulatory authorities, and local government colleagues.

Prof Rotchell is currently chairperson for the East and North Yorkshire Waterways Partnership.


Lerebours A, Chapman E C, Sweet M J, et al (2016), 'Molecular Changes in Skin Pigmented Lesions in the Coral Trout Plectropomus Leopardus', Marine Environmental Research, 120:130-135.

Ciocan C M, Cubero-Leon E, Langston W J, et al (2015), 'Intersex Related Gene Expression Profiles in Clams Scrobicularia Plana', Marine Pollution Bulletin, 95:610-617.

Waege J, Lerebours A, Hardege J D, et al (2015), 'Effects of Low Seawater pH on the Marine Polychaete, Platynereis Dumerilii', Marine Pollution Bulletin, 95:166-172.

Lerebours A, Stentiford G, Lyons B P, Bignell J, Derocles S, Rotchell J M (2014), 'Genetic Alterations and Cancer Formation in a European Flatfish at Sites of Different Contaminant Burdens', Environmental Science & Technology, 48:10448-10455.

For a full list of Prof Rotchell's publications, please click here.


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Environmental Toxicology

  • Skills for Biologists

  • MSc and BSc Project Dissertation

  • Ecosystems Assessment (MSc)

  • Research Design and Skills (MSc)

Research PhDs

Environmental Toxicology

Completed PhDs 

Zeinab Arabayyet. Biological effects of nanomaterials in fish. 2017.

Janine Waege. pH-induced impacts in the marine worm Platynereis dumerilii. 2016.

Ohoud AlAmri. Biological effects of ionising radiation in bivalves. 2010.

Elena Cubero Leon. Metabolomic and molecular approaches for studying endocrine disruption in mussel. 2009.

Patricia Nogueira. Molecular markers of DNA damage in fish. 2009.

Frances DuCorbier. DNA damage in Fish. 2006.

Current PhD supervisions 

Noor Arniwati Mat Daud, Yeast as a Novel Biosensor for Cadmium Exposure

Emma Chapman, Photoperiod Mechanisms in Bivalves

As co-supervisor:

Sarah Letsinger, Pharmaceuticals in the Humber Estuary: Fate and Effects. Dr Paul Kay as Principal Supervisor, University of Leeds.

Jingmin Zhu, Endocrine Disruption Mechanisms in Xenopus and Bivalves. Dr Huahong Shi as Principal Supervisor, East China Normal University, Shanghai.

Jiana Li, Microplastics in Mussels and Seawater. Dr Huahong Shi as Principal Supervisor, East China Normal University, Shanghai.

Wayne Duffus, Characterisation of Inland Waterway Sediments. Dr Will Mayes as Principal Supervisor and Drs Kevin Welham and Paul Kay (Leeds) also Co-Supervisors.

Samantha Richardson, Development of Dipstick Technology for Selected EU Watch List Chemicals. Profs. Nicole Pamme and Mark Lorch as Principal Supervisors.

Aimilia Meichanetzoglou, Development of Modifies Spores for EU Watch List Chemical Removal, Dr Andrew Boa as Principal Supervisor and Dr Nik Kapur as Co-supervisor (Leeds).

Teaching awards and accolades

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BSc Biological Sciences, First Class Honours, Napier University, 1991

  • MSc Marine Resource Development & Protection (Commendation), Heriot-Watt University, 1992

  • PhD Genetic Damage in Fish, Glasgow Caledonian University and Scottish Office Agriculture & Fisheries Department, Aberdeen, 1996