William Ross Hunter


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  • Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

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Personal profile


Billy Hunter is an aquatic ecologist and a Lecturer in Environmental Science at Ulster University (Northern Ireland). His research investigates how environmental change affects ecosystem functioning across a range of aquatic environments from alpine streams to the deep-sea.This includes how the impacts of pharmaceuticals and algal biotoxins upon ecosysem functioning; how biodiversity loss and ocean warming affects carbon cycling in coastal sediments (Leverhulme Trust); the transport and biogeochemical fate of fine sediments and organo-mineral particles in inland waters (Bio-ERODS project, EU FP7); and how changes in oxygen organic matter availability affect carbon and nitrogen cycling pathways in deep-sea sediments (as part of the SIBER and EU's HERMIONE projects).

Teaching Interests

Course Director - MSc Environmental Management

Module Coordinator - Society, Sustainability and the Envrionment (Year 1); Environmental Planning (Year 2); Environmental Impact Assessment (Postgraduate); Biodiversity Management (Postgraduate).

Contributing Lecturer - Skills Toolbox (Introductory Statistics, Year 1); Environmental Science Field School (Year 2); Environmental Challenges and Management (Year 3).

External positions

Research Data Manager, Queen's University Belfast

1 Sep 201716 Mar 2018

Benthos Ecology Working Group Member

1 May 2015 → …

Associate Lecturer in Oceanography

1 Oct 201430 Jun 2015

Research Fellow (Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow), Queen's University Belfast

1 Sep 201430 Aug 2017

Marie Curie Individual Fellow, University of Vienna

1 Sep 201230 Aug 2014


  • QL Zoology
  • Invertibrate Taxonomy
  • QH301 Biology
  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Ecosystem Functioning
  • QE Geology
  • Biogeochemsitry
  • Geromicrobiology
  • Isotope Geoscience
  • Q Science (General)
  • Experimental Design

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Research Output 2006 2019

Open Access
aquatic ecosystem
primary production
Open Access
endocrine disruptor
microbial activity
organic matter
2 Citations (Scopus)

Warming affects predatory faunal impacts upon microbial carbon cycling

Hunter, W., Ogle, N. & O'Connor, N., 9 May 2019, In : Functional Ecology. 33, 5, p. 924-935 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
8 Citations (Scopus)

Benthic Biofilm Controls on Fine Particle Dynamics in Streams

Roche, K. R., Drummond, J. D., Boano, F., Packman, A. I., Battin, T. J. & Hunter, W. R., 11 Jan 2017, In : Water Resources Research. 53, 1, p. 222-236

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access


Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Billy Hunter (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Other distinction

Fellow of the Linnean Society of London

Billy Hunter (Recipient), Apr 2013

Prize: Honorary award

ecosystem structure
coastal sediment
biological oceanography

Activities 2013 2019

International Council for the Exploration of the Sea Benthos Ecology Working Group Annual Meeting

William Ross Hunter (Participant)
6 May 201910 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

Royal Society Pairing Scheme

William Ross Hunter (Participant)
24 Nov 201928 Nov 2019

Activity: Other

PharmaTea: Assessing ecological sensitivity to pharmaceutical pollution using the Tea Bag Index

William Ross Hunter (Speaker), Judith Maria Sarneel (Speaker)
11 Dec 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

British Ecological Society Annual Meeting 2019

William Ross Hunter (Participant)
13 Dec 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

British Ecological Society Annual Meeting 2019

William Ross Hunter (Participant)
11 Dec 201913 Dec 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...