Alvin Keri Jones

(ABGS 1956 - 1963)

Alvin K Jones

Alvin lived originally in Abernant but whilst at school moved to Ynyscynon Bungalows, Cwmbach. He arrived at school from the Town National Church junior school in 1956 and entered Form 1A. Throughout school he was a keen rugby player and in later years represented the school in the first XV. He can be seen in team photos elsewhere on this site. He was also School Athletics Captain and Llewelyn House Captain in his final year.

In the sixth form he studied Chemistry, Botany and Zoology and continued with these subjects at U.C. Cardiff where he gained a first class degree in Botany (1967). He stayed there as a research student until 1969, at which time he was appointed as a Lecturer in Phycology, in the Department of Botany, at UCW, Aberystwyth; and later as a lecturer in Aquatic Microbiology. From 2001- 2006, he continued as a part time Lecturer at the Institute of Biological Sciences, (IBS) UWA, with similar teaching activities as before and continuing as the IBS web officer. His chief research interests were in both pure and applied micro-algal ecology, incorporating studies on the interactions between algae and bacteria, investigations on primary productivity by phytoplankton in lakes and pollution studies in rivers. In later years he was also involved in the microbiological monitoring of bathing water quality using bacteriological indicators.

Alvin at school Alvin (aka Chunky) in 6A

Currently he is a member of the Ceredigion Community Health Council and also acts as a volunteer helper with a course organized by Age Concern to help pensioners become better able to use computers to further their interests.

Alvin lives near Aberystwyth with his wife Menna.

(October 2009)