Michael Depledge holds the Chair of Environment and Human Health at the University of Exeter Medical School, Devon, UK. He is Visiting Professor at the Department of Zoology, Oxford University (2007-ongoing) and at University College, London (2011-ongoing). He is a former Commissioner of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution and former Chief Scientist of the Environment Agency of England and Wales and is currently a member of the UK Government’s Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee.
He 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) and the Poulsson Medal of Honour by the Norwegian Society of Pharmacology and Toxicology (2009).
Professor Depledge is an expert advisor on marine pollution to the United Nations, having worked in Brazil, Costa Rica, India, 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 serves as an expert advisor to the World Health Organisation (2001- ongoing). He was Honorary Visiting Professor at the School of Public Health, Harvard University, USA (1998 to 2004), Imperial College, London (2003-2009). He currently leads the European Centre for Environment and Human Health’s investigations into health and wellbeing from the natural environment.