About us

Scymaris Ltd is based at the Brixham Environmental Laboratory site located in Devon, England where specialized laboratory services have been provided to the Chemical and Pharmaceutical industries for over 65 years. We provide high quality and cost effective ecotoxicology, environmental fate, plant metabolism and analytical chemistry services to the global agrochemical, pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Our goal is to help our clients understand the lifecycle of chemicals in our environment and the impact this has on the ecosystem. The company is led by an experienced management and operations team.

The Enviromental Toxicology Team

Richard Maunder

Study Director
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Richard Maunder is an Ecotoxicologist with over 15 years’ experience spread over research, academia and industry. He has a PhD from Brunel University/Centre for Ecology & Hydrology in Biology and Biochemistry Research, which investigated Endocrine disruption in UK fish. He has post-doctoral experience in academia working on research projects in ecotoxicology, including both in vivo and in vitro methods and the promotion of alternative tests in line with the ‘3Rs.’ Richard also has experience in regulatory ecotoxicology as a Study Director and likes to get hands on with a wide range of aquatic tests following OECD and USEPA guidelines. In particular he has experience of running longer term chronic studies and designing bespoke experiments to suit individual requirements.

Daniel Hill

Study Director
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Daniel Hill is an Ecotoxicologist with 8 years’ experience working on regulatory ecotoxicology studies within GLP-compliant laboratories. He has experience as a Study Director for aquatic acute and chronic tests to OECD, EPA and ISO guidelines with study types including algae, invertebrates (e.g. Daphnia, Chironomus), higher plants (e.g. Lemna) and fish studies as well as development of bespoke tests to meet specific regulatory requirements. Alongside an eye for detail when it comes to planning and reporting, Daniel has a great deal of practical experience in the laboratory including the setup of static and flow-through study designs, working with difficult, insoluble or radiolabelled test substances, multi-site studies and knowledge of culturing techniques for a wide variety of common test species.

Sarah Priestly

Study Director
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Sarah Priestly is an Aquatic Ecotoxicologist with over 10 years’ experience in the conduct of acute and chronic toxicity tests with fish, invertebrates, earthworms and terrestrial plant growth studies. Her previous experience includes a wide variety of laboratory work in compliance with the current EFSA Aquatic Guidance Document and other relevant legislation such as OECD, US EPA, JMAFF, and also outdoor mesocosm studies. Through her mesocosm work she has gained extensive experience in the enumeration and identification of aquatic macroinvertebrates, zooplankton, insect species and aquatic macrophytes such as Myriophyllum sp.. She is an experienced GLP Study Director working on a variety of standard and bespoke study types, including multi-site studies.