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Durham University

Department of Biosciences


Dr John Bothwell

Associate Professor (Reader in Bioenergy) in the Department of Biosciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41349
Room number: 205
Director in the Durham Energy Institute

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I work on seaweed, primarily on their evolution and systematics, but also on their bioenergy potential and their ecological importance along the UK’s coastlines. 

My DPhil in Biochemistry was awarded in 2000 and between 2000-2007 I held postdoctoral research fellowships in Cambridge, Plymouth and Roscoff, taking a year off in 2002-2003 to play professional rugby. From 2009-2012, I held a Lectureship at Queen’s University Belfast and moved to Durham in 2013.

Research Groups

Department of Biosciences

Durham Energy Institute

  • Energy Policy Group

Research Interests

  • Seaweed systematics and evolution
  • The genetics, genomics and physiology of algal development
  • Bioenergy generation and provision


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