Geoffrey Codd, Ph.D.
Geoff is Emeritus Professor of Microbiology at the University of Dundee in the UK. He is also an Honorary Professor at the University of Stirling, UK, and Adjunct Professor at Flinders University, Australia. He carried out his PhD research in algal biochemistry and physiology at the University of Bradford in England, followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Max Planck Institute in Cologne, Germany. He then moved to Dundee where he has carried out research on photosynthesis and the toxicology of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae), supervising 36 PhD students.
For the last 35 years he has investigated toxic cyanobacterial (blue-green algal) blooms, particularly their toxins (production, properties, health effects and control). His laboratory has served as a centre for cyanobacterial toxin analysis and toxicity assessment for several national water authorities, environmental and health agencies, for the risk management of water resources and associated activities.
Professor Codd has presented over 390 talks in over 35 countries., including 45 keynote and plenary lectures in 24 countries. He has published over 270 papers in refereed journals and over 330 other publications in conference proceedings and books etc. Bibliometrics and impacts (based on 297 publications), Web of Science, at January 2016: average citations per item, 42; h-index, 55; highest number of citations per publication, 1037.
He has been a member of several national and international working parties on cyanobacterial toxins, including the World Health Organisation and UNESCO. Geoff is a former President of the British Phycological Society and of the Federation of European Phycological Societies He currently serves on the steering committees of UK and European Union programs on the risk management of cyanobacterial blooms and toxins and is co-editing a major handbook on their monitoring, analysis and risk management.