Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Studies Lecturer and Year 1 Tutor

Areas of Teaching Expertise

Life Support Systems, Water Quality, Fish Welfare and Biology, Invertebrate biology

About Me

I have over 13 years’ experience in the Aquarium industry working in New Zealand, USA and the UK.  Through various stages of my research I have had the opportunity to work in unique research environments such as diving under commercial mussel farms in New Zealand to sifting through museum collections in the UK. My research interests are broad ranging from Life Support Systems in a commercial setting through to fish and invertebrate welfare. One of my main focuses in recent years has been in cephalopod welfare and biology and have worked with the European Union on cephalopod research legislation.


Sykes, A. V., Perkins, K., Grigoriou, P., & Almansa, E. (2019). Aquarium Maintenance Related Diseases. In Handbook of Pathogens and Diseases in Cephalopods: 181-191. Springer, Cham.

Perkins K & Collins M (2019) Creation of a Global Sea Life Octopus Working Group to Improve Cephalopod Husbandry, Drum and Croaker 50 20-26

Perkins, K. (2017) Cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) camouflage in varying environmental conditions. Diss. University of Sussex,

Fiorito, Graziano, et al. (2015) “Guidelines for the Care and Welfare of Cephalopods in Research–A consensus based on an initiative by CephRes, FELASA and the Boyd Group.” Laboratory animals 49.2_suppl : 1-90.

Fiorito, Graziano, et al (2014) “Cephalopods in neuroscience: regulations, research and the 3Rs.” Invertebrate Neuroscience 14.1 : 13-36.

COST Action Final Achievement Report FA1301: A network for improvement of cephalopod welfare and husbandry in research, aquaculture and fisheries (2017)

Perkins K & Osorio D (2011) Cuttlefish body pattern response to 3D objects Journal of Shellfish Research 30(3) 1017-1017