Professor Charles Tyler is a reproductive physiologist and ecotoxicologist in Biosciences at the University of Exeter, UK. His research spans investigations into the effect mechanisms of endocrine disrupting chemicals, pharmaceuticals and nanoparticles, to assessing population level effects of these environmental contaminants in wildlife, principally fish. He was involved with some of the first studies to show that there are chemicals in the environment that mimic hormones (endocrine disrupting chemicals – EDCs) leading to altered reproductive function in fish in UK rivers. With collaborators he has subsequently provided evidence identifying some of the chemicals causing these effects, supported understanding of chemical mixture effects, and contributed to the development of new test systems (including transgenic fish models) for screening and testing chemicals. He also has research projects studying microbiomes relating to health and disease in fish and shrimp aquaculture in India, Bangladesh and Malawi.
Tyler has many international collaborations and his team work closely with various industries including AstraZeneca, Syngenta, and UK Water Companies and with the UK Environment Agency and DEFRA. Tyler sits on various national and international advisory boards for chemicals and test methods development and he has published more than 250 full research and review papers/ reviews with around 23 000 citations. In 2012, Tyler was awarded The Fisheries Society of the British Isles Beverton Medal for ground breaking research in fish biology and in 2015 he was awarded the Founders Award from the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry – the highest SETAC award given to an individual with an outstanding career in the environmental sciences. His passion is natural history and he also works on various wildlife conservation projects.