Professor Michael Depledge is one of the Centre’s founding members, helping to develop Environment and Human Health research across the University of Exeter.
Prior to his retirement in 2019, he served as an ambassador both for the medical school and the university as a whole and was very active in leading the development of new research themes.
Mike continues to be involved in the Centre’s work, both as an advisor and a ‘critical friend’.
Professor Depledge has published more than 380 peer-reviewed scientific papers in leading international journals and books. In recognition of his major scientific contributions to the fields of comparative toxicology and medical toxicology he was awarded a Doctor of Science (DSc) degree by the University of London (1996).
Since 1990 he has been an expert advisor on marine pollution to the United Nations, working in Brazil, Costa Rica, India, China, Vietnam and several other countries to develop the RAMP (Rapid Assessment of Marine Pollution) programme for UNEP’s Global Oceans Observing System (GOOS).
He also served as an expert advisor to the World Health Organisation and has given hundreds of lectures at international conferences, workshops, universities and research institutes over the past 30 years.