Areas of Expertise: Animal and environmental biology
Philip teaches on our BSc (Hons) Marine Biology with Biodiversity and Conservation course. His recent research has centred on Antarctic biogeography, cladistics and multivariate analysis.
Philip graduated from University of Wales Swansea in 1980 and stayed on to work as a teaching assistant while he completed his PhD on the biology of marine mites. He then spent a year at the University of Cambridge studying for a postgraduate certificate in education.
Philip taught biology at Bromley High School for Girls, and at Swansea University. He then joined the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) at Cambridge in 1990, taking part in two expeditions to the Falklands Islands and South Georgia followed by, with the South African National Antarctic Programme, one expedition to Marion Island.
Philip’s Antarctic research initially focused on shoreline biology, particularly the ecology and taxonomy of shoreline mites, ecology of shoreline algae (seaweeds) and the impact of iceberg damage on shoreline ecology. Much of the material he collected at South Georgia proved challenging to identify and this prompted new work on technical developments in scanning-electron/scanning-ion microscopy as well as the broader biodiversity and origin of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic non-marine fauna.
In 2000, Philip joined ARU to teach conservation biology and develop new marine biology modules.
Philip is a member of our Applied Ecology Research Group.
Philip welcomes enquiries from prospective research students in the areas of his research interests and expertise.
McInnes, S.J. and Pugh, P.J.A., 2013. The impact of tourists on Antarctic tardigrades: an ordination-based model. Journal of Limnology, 72, pp.128-135.
Pugh, P.J.A., 2013. Why are there so few ‘far-southern’ myriapods? Journal of Natural History, doi: 10.1080/00222933.2013.791890.
Pugh, P.J.A. and Lewis-Smith, R.I., 2011. Notodiscus (Charopidae) on South Georgia: some implications of shell size, shell shape and site isolation in a singular sub-Antarctic land snail. Antarctic Science, 23, pp.442-448.
Ridley, C., Harrison, N.M. and Pugh, P.J.A., 2010. Identifying the origins of fishing gear ingested by seabirds foraging over the Southern Ocean: a novel multivariate approach. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 20, pp.621-631.
Ormond, E.L., Thomas, A.P.M., Pugh, P.J.A., Pell, J.K. and Roy, H.E., 2010. A fungal pathogen in time and space: the population dynamics of Beauveria bassiana in a conifer forest. Microbial Ecology, 74, pp.146-154.
Phillips, R.A., Ridley, C., Reid, K., Pugh, P.J.A., Tuck, G.N. and Harrison, N., 2010. Ingestion of fishing gear and entanglement of seabirds: monitoring and implications for management. Biological Conservation, 143, pp.501-512.
Clements, D., Thomas, A., Hartley, V. and Pugh, P.J.A., 2012. Assessing genetic diversity in stem boring, twin spotted (Archanara geminipunctata) and brown veined (Archarachna dissoluta), wainscot moths in UK fragmented reedbeds. ENTO’12 - Royal Entomological Society National Science Meeting, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.
McInnes, S.J. and Pugh, P.J.A., 2012. The role of human activity in the distribution and population dynamic of soil Tardigrada on the maritime Antarctic Peninsula. 12th International Symposium on Tradigrada, Gaia, Portugal.
Thomas, A., Hartley, V., Pugh, P.J.A. and Clements, D., 2011. Genetic differentiation of the twin-spotted wainscot moth (Archanara geminipunctata) in UK Phragmites australis reed beds. 44th Annual Population Genetics Group Meeting (Genetics Society), University of Hull.