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A Postgraduate Researcher in the Applied Science Department I joined Bournemouth University in 2012, undertaking a PhD program with the aim to develop novel methods in detecting and controlling the cyanobacteria Microcystis in freshwater closed systems. Alongside laboratory experiments, in situ analysis is also a focus of my studies, with an interest in the mortality of individual and population dynamics. I studied for a BSc in Biology and a PGCE in Secondary Education at Southampton before undertaking an MSc in Marine Biology at the University of Essex. At Essex I focused on planktonic feeding interactions which led me to concentrate on algal ecophysiology for my dissertation. The project worked on novel pathways which have not been fully established in the production of a trace gas isoprene across various phytoplankton species. My present research concerns developing pioneering new tools to detect and control the toxic cyanobacteria Microcystis in freshwater supplies.


Currently investigating various characteristics of a cyanobacteria (Microcystis) through its ecology and physiology, within the laboratory and in the field. Employing the use of a novel counting technique, flow cytometry allows me to investigate batch cycles of Microcystis strains in optimal and stressed conditions. The research incorporates a broad range of technical skills with continuing success in microbial isolation, culturing, microscopy, biomanipulation and emphasis on cell physiology, developed through utilising the advancements made in flow cytometry. The outcome of this project will assess detection and control methods of the cyanobacteria, which is a major concern in human water security and ecosystem stability.

Journal Articles


  • Chapman, I., 2017. Developing new approaches for monitoring and controlling the toxic cyanobacterium Microcystis through flow-cytometric analysis. PhD Thesis. Bournemouth University, Faculty of Science and Technology.

PhD Theses

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Environmental Pollution (Teaching Assistant)

Conference Presentations

  • European Phycological Congress, Using knowledge of ecological niche requirements to separate the freshwater cyanobacteria Microcystis sp. and Synechococcus sp. and create fresh culture lines, 23 August 2016, London
  • International Society for Protistology, Grazing of Blepharisma americanum on toxic and non-toxic Microcystis aeruginosa cells, 5 September 2015, Seville
  • British Phycological conference, Grazing of the ciliate Blepharisma americanum on one strain of Chlorella and three strains of Microcystis: grazing differences between strains linked to microcystin content, 22 June 2016, BU


  • MSc in Marine Biology (University of Essex, 2012)
  • PGCE in Secondary Education Science: Biology (University of Southampton, 2009)
  • BSc (Hons) in Biology (University of Southampton, 2006)


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