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Dr. C. Harrod

Dr. Chris Harrod
Dr. Chris Harrod Lecturer in Fish and Aquatic Ecology

BSc. (Hons) Environmental Science, 1997 (First Class),
Manchester Metropolitan University;
D. Phil. Fish Ecology, 2001,
University of Ulster, Coleraine.


Contact Information

*Note that from 1 September 2013, I have moved to a new position as Senior Lecturer in Fish & Aquatic Ecology in the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London


Dr Chris Harrod

School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Queen Mary University of London

1.31 Fogg Building

Mile End Road,

London, E1 4NS, UK

Office:  +44 (0) 207 882 3299


Skype: add a y to the end of my last name

Twitter: @chris_harrod


However, also note that until July 2014, I will be based at the University of Antofagasta, Chile, working on the Conicyt-funded project: Provision of key information for marine resource management in Northern Chile.

During this period, I will be fully contactable through email (sampling permitting).

 See Chris at Academia.eduGoogle Scholar, Twitter* (@chris_harrod) or ResearchGate for more information.

*NB: Twitter opinions are all mine, and not QUB's.


Administrative Responsibilities
Module Co-ordinator / Research Seminar Convenor for Ecology, Evolution, Behaviour and Environmental Economics Research Cluster / PhD Internal Examiner / Chair Postgraduate Student-Staff Consultative Committee.

Research Interests
The ecology, evolution and conservation of fish.  The development of stable isotope analysis as a standard method in aquatic ecology.  Invasive species ecology. Ecological effects of climate change on aquatic ecosystems and species.  Tropical ecology (Coral reef and river fishes).

Study species:  pollan (Coregonus autumnalis), whitefish (Coregonus lavaretus), European eel (Anguilla anguilla), guppies (Poecilia reticulata), 3-spined sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus), Orestias chungarensis.

Study sites:  I am involved in studies examining the ecology of lakes, rivers and coastal zones in sites across the world, including Ireland (especially Lough Neagh), the UK, France, Finland, Norway, Trinidad and Tobago, Germany, Chile, Canada, and the USA.

Collaborations:  Research collaborations both with colleagues within QUB and elsewhere, including the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Queen Mary - University of London, University of Helsinki, University of Oslo, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, University of Chile, Santiago, University of Lausanne, Environment Agency, Glasgow University, Scottish Natural Heritage, University of the West Indies, National University of Ireland, Galway, University College Cork, University of Konstanz, University of Köln, University of Münster, the Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel, and National Institute for Biology, Slovenia.

Other Information
Associate Editor: Marine Biology. Member of Fisheries Society of the British Isles, American Fisheries Society and British Ecological Society 

Convener of the 2010 Fisheries Society of the British Isles Annual International Symposium 'Fish and Climate Change':Queen's University, Belfast, UK 26-30 July 2010

BBC News article and TV report on the FSBI 2010 conference on Fish and Climate Change hosted by QUB. Belfast Telegraph story here.

In December 2011, Thompson Reuters identified our (Graham & Harrod, 2009) paper on fish and climate change as an Emerging Research Front paper in the field of Plant & Animal Science on


In December 2012, Oceanography discussed our (Syväranta et al. 2012) recent paper suggesting that the diet of ocean sunfish Mola mola extended beyond that of obligate jellyfish predators. In the same month Carl Zimmer summarised for National Geographic a recent paper (Manousaki et al., 2013)  where we used isotopic analysis to support advance molecular techniques to understand rapid evolution of lip-size in crater lake cichlids.