Dr Nick Jones

Research Officer

Contact info

Room: 108B Nuffield Laboratory     Phone: 01248 383754

E-mail: n.j.e.jones@bangor.ac.uk

I am a Researcher at the School of Ocean Sciences with a background in molluscan biology, sclerochronology, conservation, and sustainable aquaculture.  In 1999 I completed a BSc in Marine Biology followed by an M.Sc in Shellfish Biology, Fisheries and Culture in 2000 from Bangor University. I was awarded a PhD from Bangor for my work on aspects of cephalopod biology in 2010.

I have over 20 years’ experience in molluscan biology, sclerochronology, animal husbandry, conservation and sustainable aquaculture production, as well as hatchery design and construction. During this time, I have worked both alongside and within the commercial aquaculture industry as well as with Welsh Government agencies. During my time at the School of Ocean Sciences I have taken a leading role on various EU-funded aquaculture projects (SEAFARE, SNAP, ISPP & NOAR).  Recent work has included the development of novel culture techniques for several coral reef fish species in collaboration with leading UK public aquariums, as well as the optimisation of culture techniques for the Native oyster, Ostrea edulis for the table/restoration initiatives.

I have also worked as a Senior Aquarist at a public aquarium, a self-employed Aquatic Consultant, and as a Larval Room Superintendent at a commercial finfish hatchery.  Particular areas of interest include; sustainable aquaculture practices, animal welfare, aquaculture-based fisheries stock enhancement and conservation, sustainable resource management, aquaculture technologies, and in particular, the development of novel culture techniques for coral reef fish and invertebrate species.

Research Areas

Marine Conservation and Resource Management


  1. Article › Research › Peer-reviewed
  2. Published

    Determining the optimum temperature and salinity for larval culture, and describing a culture protocol for the conservation aquaculture for European smelt Osmerus eperlanus (L).

    McCarthy, I., Jones, N., Moore, D. & Berlinsky, D., Jan 2020, In: Journal of Applied Ichthyology. 36, 1, p. 113-120 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  3. Published

    Distribution and reproductive biology of the little cuttlefish Sepiola atlantica Orbigny (1839-1842) around Anglesey, North Wales

    Jones, N. & Richardson, C., Jun 2012, In: Helgoland Marine Research. 66, 2, p. 233-242

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  4. Published

    Laboratory culture, growth, and the life cycle of the little cuttlefish Sepiola Atlantica (Cephalopoda: Sepiolodae).

    Jones, N. J. & Richardson, C. A., 1 Apr 2010, In: Journal of Shellfish Research. 29, 1, p. 241-246

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  5. Published

    Ten priority questions for increasing the consistency and success in hatchery production of the European flat oyster for habitat restoration

    zu Ermgassen, S. O. S. E., Albentosa, M., Bakker, N., Blanco, A., Bonacic, K., Carboni, S., Brundu, G., Colsoul, B., Pineiro, N. A., da Costa, F., Dubbeldam, M., Fabra, M., Galley, T., Gowland, D., Jones, N., Hernandez, A., Hernandis, S., Laugen, A. T., Magnesen, T., Malham, S., Pogoda, B., Preston, J., Sas, H., Saurel, C., Barja, J. L. & Kamermans, P., 20 Oct 2023, In: Aquatic Living Resources. 36, 10 p., 29.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  6. Published

    Transport of cuttlefish, Sepia officinalis, eggs under dry and damp conditions

    Jones, N., Ridgway, I. & Richardson, C., 1 May 2009, In: Journal of Molluscan Studies. 75, 2, p. 192-194

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review