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 Ecotoxicology Team

Michelle Fox

Head of Ecotoxicology
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Michelle Fox is an experienced GLP study director managing regulatory studies for a number of industry sectors including, pharmaceutical, agrochemical, petrochemical and veterinary medicines. Michelle currently leads a team of laboratory staff in an established contract research organization and is an APM (Association for Project Management) qualified project manager. Michelle is a specialist in designing bespoke marine ecotoxicology studies to fulfill the requirements of clients and government regulators.

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.

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.

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.

James Boott

Aquarist and NACWO
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James Boot is the facilities Aquarist and NACWO. James has 10 years’ experience with a multitude of aquatic species within academic and industrial settings, and holds a degree in Coastal Marine Biology from the University of Hull. James holds responsibility for sourcing test species, as well as the welfare of all of the aquatic animals on site, ensuring excellent husbandry, health and enrichment, to provide the highest quality standards for Scymaris studies.

Becky Burden

Ecotoxicology scientist
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Becky Burden is an ecotoxicology scientist with practical experience in assisting with a range of acute and chronic studies. Her experience includes running non-GLP screening studies in Daphnia, Chironomus and Mysids, as well as hands-on experience in the laboratory conducting GLP Lymnaea and algae studies to OECD and EPA guidelines. Becky is currently enrolled within the Scymaris Study Director Training Programme and is at present gaining great experience in this.

Heather Powell-Thomas

Ecotoxicology laboratory assistant
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Heather Powell-Thomas is an Ecotoxicology laboratory assistant who has recently joined the team having graduating from Plymouth university with a BSc (Hons) Degree. Heather assists with studies and general tasks within the lab, and aspires to further her career within Scymaris to become a study director in the near future.