Richard Handy

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Climate change and the damage humanity is doing to our planet is in the news now, but the impact of environmental pollution on fishes has always been a passion of mine. This popular textbook was first published in 2012 by Oxford University Press; a co-authored volume describing the Ecological and Environmental Physiology of Fishes.

This volume has been well received with some nice reviews:

"This is definitely a go to book for those readers wanting a simply delightful and digestible overview of the importance of fish physiology in relation to evolution and variable environments. We know so little about most of the 30,000 or so fishes; indeed details exist for a handful of species. But what you need to know is well covered in this imaginative book. This book has a very bright future." - A.P. Farrell, University of British Columbia.

The book is compact, overarching, and carries sufficient details to introduce the reader to the fascinating world of fishes and what lies beneath their spectacular colors and behaviors. Its scope embraces their diverse aquatic habitats and the physiological solutions that allow them to live there.” - Integrative and Comparative Biology.

Academic Works

I have authored many academic works of non-fiction. Some recent examples of books are shown below.

Given my passion for resolving the effects of pollution on wildlife and human health, I have been involved with several journals in the field of “Ecotoxicology.” I am currently Co-editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier journal, Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety in 2014.

I have also been involved with the Ecotoxicology journal (Springer) for many years, including reviews and special issues editor. As well as editing volumes, I have  also written special issues on the environmental safety of nanotechnology for this journal, as well as editing special issues for other scientific journals.

Given my long involvement in fish biology, I have been an assistant editor for the Journal of Fish Biology (Wiley) for more than a decade. In 2008, the Journal of Fish Biology was ranked as one of the most influential journals of Biology and Medicine over the last 100 years, and remains so today.

I have many other works, with nearly two hundred scientific papers, with some articles cited thousands of times. Also numerous book chapters on aspects of environmental pollution, fish biology, wildlife pathology, comparative physiology, and the hazards of new technology - especially nanotechnology. It has been a privilege to work in science and train brilliant young minds in the art of creativity and scientific thinking. I’ve always dipped my toes into different media with the aim of showing the wonders of science to wider audiences. These include magazine articles, short videos and film. I have several new projects in progress, so watch this space!

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I co-founded the Essential Reviews in Experimental Biology book series, and edited/authored the first two volumes in the series.

The first volume, published in 2009, Osmoregulation and Ion Transport: Integrating Physiology, Molecular and Environmental Aspects is appreciated by post-graduate students and established academics alike.

The second volume, published in 2010, called Surface Chemistry, Bioavailability and Metal Homeostasis in Aquatic Organisms: An Integrated Approach, crossed the boundaries between biology and chemistry in order to understand the importance of metals in aquatic organisms. For more information on these books, and other new titles in the series, please visit The Society for Experimental Biology.

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