2015 Founders Award Winner
The prestigious SETAC Founders Award will recognize Charles Tyler of Exeter University, who has used his career and influence to provide solutions for global environmental problems among professionals on a multi-sector, interdisciplinary, and multinational basis. He has been a prolific science communicator – working with journalists from high profile press outlets like the BBC and the Guardian, to ensure accurate reporting on research activities. Tyler has supervised 70 PhD and Masters of Research students, influencing accomplished researchers that have gone on to establish research groups, work in academia, environmental agencies and industries, and publish an impressive corpus of work.
Tyler has worked directly with endocrine disrupting chemicals since its inception as a field of study, and his highly cited research findings have been influential in the development of the field more broadly. His primary focus has been on the feminization of males in wild fish populations resulting from sewage treatment works. His research team conducts ongoing projects that span studies on the endocrine control of reproduction and disruption of these processes by environmental chemicals, assessing the impacts of these (and other) chemicals on animal (principally fish) populations, pesticides and their effects in bees, the ecotoxicology of nanoparticles, the molecular basis of pathogenesis in aquaculture and projects in natural history.
Tyler’s work has been at the forefront of innovation in approach, ideas, and interpretation. This, coupled with his balanced manner, based on the most stringent and objective scientific criteria, has earned him the respect and trust of government, industry and NGOs alike. He has actively sought to engage with industry and legislators, and has established partnerships with Syngenta, BASF, several water companies and AstraZeneca. Working closely with Defra, the UK Environment Agency and the Ministry for the Environment in Japan, he has worked to incorporate scientific bases in policy developments.