Portrait of Dr J Cliff Rankin Dr J Cliff Rankin

j.rankin@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473345


Cliff joined the department in 2002 after taking early retirement as Professor of Ecophysiology at the University of Southern Denmark at Odense. He had previously been senior lecturer in animal biology at Bangor University. Cliff is an animal physiologist who has carried out research on osmoregulation (especially kidney function) and blood circulation, paying particular attention to hormonal control mechanisms. He contributes to teaching in physiology and statistics. He has carried out research on fish physiology in many parts of the World, including Antarctica, Canada, Japan and a number of European countries.

He has served on the council and several committees of the Society for Experimental Biology, committees of the Natural Environment Research Council and on the editorial boards of the journals Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology and Reviews in Fisheries and Fish Biology. He is currently editing a book on “Spawning Migration of the European Eel”.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Cobb, C., Brown, J. and Rankin, J. (2010) ‘Antidiuretic action of angiotensin II in the river lamprey Lampetra fluviatilis: evidence for endocrine control of kidney function in cyclostomesJournal of Fish Biology , 77 (6), pp. 1424-1431. ISSN 00221112


Rankin, J (2008) ‘Spawning Migration of the European Eel’. In: Spawning Migration of the European Eel. London, UK: Springer Netherlands. pp. 129-145. ISBN 978-1-4020-9095-0 (Online)


Lafont, A., Fitzpatrick, T., Rankin, J., Dufour, S. and Fouchereau-Peron, M. (2006) ‘Possible role of calcitonin gene-related peptide in osmoregulation via the endocrine control of the gill in a teleost, the eel, Anguilla anguillaPeptides , 27 (4), pp. 812-819. ISSN 0196-9781


Tsukada, T., Rankin, J. and Takei, Y. (2005) ‘Involvement of Drinking and Intestinal Sodium Absorption in Hyponatremic Effect of Atrial Natriuretic Peptide in Seawater EelsZoological science , 22 (1), pp. 77-85. ISSN 0289-0003

Brown, A., Cobb, C., Frankling, S. and Rankin, J. (2005) ‘Activation of the newly discovered cyclostome rennin-angiotensin system in the river lamprey Lampetra fluviatilisJournal of Experimental Biology , 208, pp. 223-232. ISSN 0022-0949

Grosell, M., Wood, C., Wilson, R., Bury, N., Hogstrand, C., Rankin, J. and Jensen, F. (2005) ‘Bicarbonate secretion plays a role in chloride and water absorption of the European flounder intestine.American Journal of Physiology - Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology , 288, p. R936-R946. ISSN 0363-6119


Cobb, C., Frankling, S., Thorndyke, M., Jensen, F., Rankin, J. and Brown, A. (2004) ‘Angiotensin I-converting enzyme-like activity in tissues from the Atlantic hagfish (Myxine glutinosa) and detection of immunoreactive plasma angiotensinsComparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part B: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology , 138 (4), pp. 357-364. ISSN 1096-4959

Takei, Y., Joss, J., Kloas, W. and Rankin, J. (2004) ‘Identification of angiotensin I in several vertebrate species: its structural and functional evolutionGeneral and Comparative Endocrinology , 135 (3), pp. 286-292. ISSN 0016-6480

Rankin, J., Watanabe, T., Nakajima, K., Broadhead, C. and Takei, Y. (2004) ‘Identification of Angiotensin I in a Cyclostome, Lampetra fluviatilisZoological science , 21 (2), pp. 173-179. ISSN 0289-0003


Cobb, C., Frankling, S., Rankin, J. and Brown, J. (2002) ‘Angiotensin converting enzyme-like activity in tissues from the river lamprey or lampern, Lampetra fluviatilis, acclimated to freshwater and seawaterGeneral and Comparative Endocrinology , 127 (1), pp. 8-15. ISSN 0016-6480

Hogstrand, C., Wood, C., Bury, N., Wilson, R., Rankin, J. and Grosell, M. (2002) ‘Binding and movement of silver in the intestinal epithelium of a marine teleost fish, the European flounder (Platichthys flesus)Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part C Toxicology & Pharmacology , 133 (1-2), pp. 125-135. ISSN 15320456


Rankin, J., Cobb, C., Frankling, S. and Brown, J. (2001) ‘Circulating angiotensins in the river lamprey, Lampetra fluviatilis, acclimated to freshwater and seawater: possible involvement in the regulation of drinkingComparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part B , 129 (2-3), pp. 311-318. ISSN 1096-4959

Bury, N., Grosell, M., Wood, C., Hogstrand, C., Wilson, R., Rankin, J., Busk, M., Lecklin, T. and Jensen, F. (2001) ‘Intestinal iron uptake in the European flounder (Platichthys flesus)Journal of Experimental Biology , 204, pp. 3779-3787. ISSN 0022-0949

Bolis, C., Piccolella, M., Dalla Valle, A. and Rankin, J. (2001) ‘Fish as model in pharmacological and biological researchPharmacological Research , 44 (4), pp. 265-280. ISSN 1043-6618

Kristiansen, H. and Rankin, J. (2001) ‘Discrimination between endogenous and exogenous water sources in juvenile rainbow trout fed extruded dry feed.Aquatic Living Resources , 14 (6), pp. 359-366. ISSN 0990-7440