Alvin Keri Jones
(ABGS 1956 - 1963)
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 (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.