Dr. John Kinross


This website was assembled while I was working at Edinburgh Napier University as Senior Technician for the
Aquatic Ecosystem Management, Ecotourism, and Wildlife Biology and Conservation postgraduate courses at Edinburgh Napier University.

Subsequent to that I worked as a technician at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, assisting with research in the Nano Safety Group and supporting practical classes. I have now retired and algal identification is a hobby.



  • 1969 BSc Honours in Biology (Genetics) grade 2II, University of Edinburgh.
  • 1970 Diploma in Education, Moray House College / University of Edinburgh.
  • 1985 MSc Biology of Water Management (Distinction), Napier College of Technology.
  • 1991 PhD Napier Polytechnic of Edinburgh

Research Interests:

  • The use of organisms, especially freshwater algae, as biological indicators of environmental condition
  • The biodiversity of freshwater algae click here to see some more
  • The use of algal biomass for wastewater treatment
  • Algal ecotoxicology (currently the ecotoxicology of nanomaterials)


'What's in my pond?'



Outside Interests:

  • Gardening
  • Beekeeping
  • Walking
  • Making and playing musical instruments (stringed thingies)
  • Doing messy biological things in ponds and streams
  • Looking at algae



Memberships, etc.




Author: John Kinross
email: algalweb@gmail.com
Updated 8 December 2014