Mark Taggart


Senior Research Fellow – Theme Leader (Environmental Contamination and Ecological Health)

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Joined the ERI

February 1, 2011


2013 – present: Senior Research Fellow – ERI
2011 – 2013: Research Fellow – ERI
2007 – 2011: “Juan de la Cierva” post-doctoral research fellow – IREC, University of Castilla-la-Mancha, Spain
2005 – 2007: Post-doctoral research and teaching fellow – University of Aberdeen
2000 – 2005: PhD Soil Science (Arsenic Biogeochemistry) – University of Aberdeen
1996 – 2000: Monitoring and Investigations Officer (Environment Agency)
1995 – 1996: MSc Geochemistry (with distinction) – University of Leeds
1994 – 1995: FGD Chemist (National Power/PowerGen)
1991 – 1994: BSc (Hons) Earth Science and Countryside Management (2:i) – Liverpool JM University


2000 – 2005: PhD Soil Science (Arsenic Biogeochemistry) – University of Aberdeen
1995 – 1996: MSc Geochemistry (with distinction) – University of Leeds
1991 – 1994: BSc (Hons) Earth Science and Countryside Management (2:i) – Liverpool JM University


Taggart, M.A., Richards, N., Kinney, C., 2015. Impacts of Pharmaceuticals on Terrestrial Wildlife. In: Pharmaceuticals in the Environment. Edited by Hester, R.E., Harrison, R.M., Royal Society of Chemistry Publishing, Chapter 7, pages 216-254, DOI: 10.1039/9781782622345-00216

Cuthbert, R.J., Taggart, M.A., Saini, M., Sharma, A., Das, A., Kulkarni, M.D., Deori, P., Ranade, S., Shringarpure, R.N., Galligan, T., Green, R.E., 2015. Continuing mortality of vultures in India associated with illegal veterinary use of diclofenac and a potential threat from nimesulide. Oryx DOI: 10.1017/S003060531500037X

Bolechova, M., Caslavsky, J., Macova, D., Vavrova, M., Taggart, M.A., 2015. A method of analysis of isoprostanes in salmon tissue. Chemicke Listy, 109, 305-312.

Zorrilla, I., Martinez, R., Taggart, M.A., Richards, N., 2015. Suspected Flunixin Poisoning of a Wild Eurasian Griffon Vulture from Spain. Conservation Biology 29, 587-592.

Margalida, A., Bogliani, G., Bowden, C.G.R., Donázar, J.A., Genero, F., Gilbert, M., Karesh, W., Kock, R., Lubroth, J., Manteca, X., Naidoo, V., Neimanis, A., Sánchez-Zapata, J.A., Taggart, M.A., Vaarten, J., Yon, L., Kuiken, T., Green, R.E., 2014. One Health Approach to the use of Veterinary Pharmaceuticals. Science 346, 1296-1298.
Meharg, A.A., Williams, P.N., Deacon, C.M., Norton, G.J., Hossain, M., Louhing, D., Marwa, E., Lawgalwi, Y., Taggart, M.A., Cascio, C., Haris, P., 2014. Urinary excretion of arsenic following rice consumption. Environmental Pollution 194, 181-187.

Shore, R.F., Taggart, M.A., Smits, J., Mateo, R., Richards, N., Fryday, S., 2014. Detection and drivers of exposure and effects of pharmaceuticals in higher vertebrates. Royal Society Philosophical Transactions B 369, 20130570.
Cuthbert, R.J., Taggart, M.A., Prakash, V., Chakraborty, S.S., Deori, P., Galligan, T., Kulkarni, M., Ranade, S., Saini, M., Sharma, A.K., Shringarpure, R., Green, R.E., 2014. Avian scavengers and the threat from veterinary pharmaceuticals. Royal Society Philosophical Transactions B 369, 20130574.

Mateo, R., Vallverdú-Coll, N., López-Antia, A., Taggart, M.A., Martínez-Haro, M., Guitart, R., Ortiz-Santaliestra, M.E., 2014. Reducing Pb poisoning in birds and Pb exposure in game meat consumers: The dual benefit of effective Pb shot regulation. Environment International 63, 163-168.

Martinez-Haro, M, Taggart, M.A., Lefranc, H., Martín-Doimeadiós, R.C., Green, A.J., Mateo, R., 2013. Monitoring of Pb exposure in waterfowl ten years after a mine spill through the use of noninvasive sampling. PLoS ONE 8, e57295.

Vidal, D., Anza, I., Taggart, M.A., Pérez-Ramírez, E., Crespo, E., Hofle, U., Mateo, R., 2013. Environmental factors influencing the prevalence of a Clostridium botulinum type C/D mosaic strain in non-permanent Mediterranean wetlands. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 79, 4264-4271.

Arnold, K.E., Boxall, A.B.A., Brown, R., Cuthbert, R.J., Gaw, S., Hutchinson, T.H., Jobling, S., Madden, J.C., Metcalfe, C.D., Naidoo, V., Shore, R.F., Smits, J.E., Taggart, M.A., Thompson, H.M., 2013. Assessing the exposure risk and impacts of pharmaceuticals in the environment on individuals and ecosystems. Biology Letters 9, art no. 20130492.

Brooke, M. de L., Cuthbert, R.J., Harrison, G., Gordon, C., Taggart, M.A., 2013. Persistence of brodifacoum in cockroach and woodlice: Implications for secondary poisoning during rodent eradications. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 97, 183-188.

Saini, M., Taggart, M.A., Knopp, D., Upreti, S., Swarup, D., Das, A., Gupta, P.K., Niessner, R., Prakash, V., Mateo, R., Cuthbert, R.J., 2012. Detecting diclofenac in livestock carcasses in India with an ELISA: A tool to prevent widespread vulture poisoning. Environmental Pollution 160, 11-16.

Taggart, M.A., Reglero, M.M., Camarero, P.R., Mateo, R., 2011. Should legislation regarding maximum Pb and Cd levels human food also cover large game meat? Environment International 37, 18-25.

Rodríguez-Estival, J., Taggart, M.A., Mateo, R., 2011. Alterations in vitamin A and E levels in liver and testis of wild ungulates from a lead mining area. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 60, 361-371.

Cardiel, I.E., Taggart, M.A., Mateo, R., 2011. Using Pb-Al ratios to discriminate between internal and external deposition of Pb in feathers. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 74, 911-917.

Mateo, R., Baos, A.R., Vidal, D., Camarero, P.R., Martinez-Haro, M., Taggart, M.A., 2011. Bioaccessibility of Pb from ammunition in game meat is affected by cooking treatment. PloS ONE 6, e15892.

Brooke, M. de L., Cuthbert, R.J., Mateo, R., Taggart, M.A., 2011. An experimental test of the toxicity of cereal pellets containing brodifacoum to the snails of Henderson Island, South Pacific. Wildlife Research 38, 34-38.

Cuthbert, R., Taggart, M.A., Prakash, V., Saini, M., Swarup, D., Upreti, S., Mateo, R., Chakraborty, S.S., Deori, P., Green, R.E., 2011. Effectiveness of action in India to reduce exposure of Gyps vultures to the toxic veterinary drug diclofenac. PLoS ONE 6, e19069.

Martinez-Haro, M., Taggart, M.A., Martín-Doimeadiós, R.R.C., Green, A.J., Mateo, R., 2011. Identifying sources of Pb exposure in waterbirds and effects on porphyrin metabolism using noninvasive fecal sampling. Environmental Science and Technology 45, 6153-6159.

Vidal, D., Taggart, M.A., Badiola, I., Mateo, R., 2011. Real-time polymerase chain reaction for the detection of toxigenic Clostridium botulinum type C1 in waterbird and sediments samples: Comparison with other PCR techniques. Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation 23, 942-946.

Donovan, S., Taggart, M.A., Richards, N., 2011. An overview of the chemistry, manufacture, environmental fate and detection of carbofuran. In: Carbofuran and Wildlife Poisoning: Global perspectives and forensic approaches. Edited by Richards, N., Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Chapter 1, pages 1-18.

Naidoo, V., Mompati, K.F., Duncan, N., Taggart, M.A., 2011. The pied crow (Corvus albus) is insensitive to diclofenac at concentrations present in carrion. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 47, 936-944.

Cuthbert, R.J., Prakash, V., Saini, M., Upreti, S., Swarup, D., Das, A., Green, R.E., Taggart, M.A., 2011. Are conservation actions reducing the threat to India’s vulture populations? Current Science (India) 101, 1480-1484.

Castellanos, P., Reglero, M.M., Taggart, M.A., Mateo, R., 2010. Changes in fatty acid profiles in testis and spermatozoa of red deer exposed to metal pollution. Reproductive Toxicology 29, 346-352.

Pain, D.J., Cromie, R.L., Newth, J., Brown, M.J., Crutcher, E., Hardman, P., Hurst, L., Mateo, R., Meharg, A.A., Moran, A.C., Raab, A., Taggart, M.A., Green, R.E., 2010. Potential hazard to human health from exposure to fragments of lead bullets and shot in the tissues of game animals. PLoS ONE 5, e10315.

Naidoo, V., Wolter, K., Cromarty, D., Diekman, M., Duncan, N., Meharg, A.A., Taggart, M.A., Venter, L., Cuthbert, R., 2010. Toxicity of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to Gyps vultures: A new threat from ketoprofen. Biology Letters 6, 339-341.

Martinez-Haro, M., Taggart, M.A., Mateo, R., 2010. Pb-Al relationships in waterfowl feces discriminate between sources of Pb exposure. Environmental Pollution 158, 2485-2489.

Naidoo, V., Venter, L., Wolter, K., Taggart, M.A., Cuthbert, R., 2010. The toxicokinetics of ketoprofen in Gyps coprotheres: Toxicity due to zero-order metabolism. Archives of Toxicology 84, 761-766.

Taggart, M.A., Green, A.J., Mateo, R., Svanberg, F., Hillström, L., Meharg, A.A., 2009. Metal levels in the bones and livers of globally threatened marbled teal and white-headed duck from El Hondo, Spain. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 72, 1-9.

Taggart, M.A., Mateo, R., Charnock, J.M., Bahrami, F., Green, A.J., Meharg, A.A., 2009. Arsenic rich iron plaque on macrophyte roots – an ecotoxicological risk? Environmental Pollution 157, 946-954.

Reglero, M.M., Taggart, M.A., Monsalve-González, L., Mateo, R., 2009. Heavy metal exposure in large game from a lead mining area: Effects on oxidative stress and fatty acid composition in liver. Environmental Pollution 157, 1388-1395.

Reglero, M.M., Taggart, M.A., Castellanos, P., Mateo, R., 2009. Reduced sperm quality in relation to oxidative stress in red deer from a lead mining area. Environmental Pollution 157, 2209-2215.

Taggart, M.A., Senacha, K.R., Green, R.E., Cuthbert, R., Jhala, Y.V., Meharg, A.A., Mateo, R., Pain, D.J., 2009. Analysis of nine NSAIDs in ungulate tissues available to Critically Endangered vultures in India. Environmental Science and Technology 43, 4561-4566.

Martinez-Haro, M., Taggart, M.A., Green, A.J., Mateo, R., 2009. Avian digestive tract simulation to study the effect of grit geochemistry and food on Pb shot bioaccessibility. Environmental Science and Technology 43, 9480-9486.

Cuthbert, R., Prakash, V., Bowden, C., Das, D., Green, R., Jhala, Y., Pain, D., Senacha, K.R., Shah, N., Taggart, M.A., 2009. Role of veterinary diclofenac in decline of vulture populations in South Asia. Indian Journal of Veterinary Medicine, 29, 80-85.



Naidoo, V., Wolter, K., Cromarty, A.D., Bartels, P., Bekker, L., McGaw, L., Taggart, M.A., Cuthbert, R., Swan, G.E., 2008. The pharmacokinetics of meloxicam in vultures. Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics 31, 128-134.

Millán, J., Mateo, R., Taggart, M.A., López-Bao, J.V., Viota, M., Monsalve, L., Camarero, P.R., Blázquez, E., Jiménez, B., 2008. Levels of heavy metals and metalloids in critically endangered Iberian lynx and other wild carnivores from Southern Spain. Science of the Total Environment 399, 193-201.

Pain, D.J., Bowden, C.G.R., Cunningham, A.A., Cuthbert, R., Das, D., Gilbert, M., Jakati, R.D., Jhala, Y., Khan, A.A., Naidoo, V., Oaks, J.L., Parry-Jones, J., Prakash, V., Rahmani, A., Ranade, S.P., Baral, H.S., Senacha, K.R., Saravanan, S., Shah, N., Swan, G., Swarup, D., Taggart, M.A., Watson, R.T., Virani, M.Z., Wolter, K., Green, R.E., 2008. The race to prevent the extinction of South Asian vultures. Bird Conservation International 18, S30-S48.
Rattner, B.A., Whitehead, M.A., Gasper, G., Meteyer, C.U., Link, W.A., Taggart, M.A., Meharg, A.A., Pattee, O.H., Pain, D.J., 2008. Apparent tolerance of turkey vultures (Cathartes aura) to the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 27, 2341-2345.

Reglero, M.M., Monsalve-González, L., Taggart, M.A., Mateo, R., 2008. Transfer of metals to plants and red deer in an old lead mining area in Spain. Science of the Total Environment 406, 287-297.

Senacha, K.R., Taggart, M.A., Rahmani, A.R., Jhala, Y.V., Cuthbert, R., Pain, D.J., Green, R.E., 2008. Diclofenac levels in livestock carcasses in India before the 2006 “ban”. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 105, 148-161.



Taggart, M.A., Cuthbert, R., Das, D., Sashikumar, C., Pain, D.J., Green, R.E., Feltrer, Y., Shultz, S., Cunningham, A.A., Meharg, A.A., 2007. Diclofenac disposition in Indian cow and goat with reference to Gyps vulture population declines. Environmental Pollution 147, 60-65.

Pain, D.J., Carter, I., Sainsbury, A.W., Shore, R.F, Eden, P., Taggart, M.A., Konstantinos, S., Walker, L.A., Meharg, A.A, Raab, A., 2007. Lead contamination and associated disease in captive and reintroduced red kites Milvus milvus in England. Science of the Total Environment 376, 116-127.

Knopp, D., Deng, A., Letzel, M., Taggart, M.A., et al., 2007. Immunological determination of the pharmaceutical diclofenac in environmental and biological samples. In: Rational Environment Management of Agrochemicals: Risk Assessment, Monitoring, and Remedial Action. Edited by Kennedy, I.R., et al., American Chemical Society Symposium Series 966, Oxford University Press, Chapter 13, pages 203-226.

Taggart, M.A., Senacha, K.R., Green, R.E., Jhala, Y.V., Raghavan, B., Rahmani, A.R., Cuthbert, R., Pain, D.J., Meharg, A.A., 2007. Diclofenac residues in carcasses of domestic ungulates available to vultures in India. Environment International 33, 759-765.

Swarup, D., Patra, R.C., Prakash, V., Cuthbert, R., Das, D., Avari, P., Pain, D.J., Green, R.E., Sharma, A.K., Saini, M., Das, D., Taggart, M.A., 2007. Safety of meloxicam to critically endangered Gyps vultures and other scavenging birds in India. Animal Conservation 10, 192-198.

Green, R.E., Taggart, M.A., Senacha, K.R., Raghavan, B., Pain, D.J., Jhala, Y., Cuthbert, R., 2007. Rate of decline of the oriental white-backed vulture population in India estimated from a survey of diclofenac residues in carcasses of ungulates. PLoS ONE 2, e686.

Mateo, R., Taggart, M.A., Green, A.J., Cristòfol, C., Ramis, A., Lefranc, H., Figuerola, J., Meharg, A.A., 2006. Altered porphyrin excretion and histopathology of greylag geese (Anser anser) exposed to soil contaminated with lead and arsenic in the Guadalquivir marshes, southwestern Spain. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 25, 203-212.

Swan, G.E., Cuthbert, R., Quevedo, M., Green, R.E., Pain, D.J., Bartels, P., Cunningham, A.A., Duncan, N., Meharg, A.A., Oaks, J.L., Parry-Jones, J., Shultz, S., Taggart, M.A., Verdoorn, G., Wolter, K., 2006. Toxicity of diclofenac to Gyps vultures. Biology Letters 2, 279-282.

Taggart, M.A., Figuerola, J., Green, A.J., Mateo, R., Deacon, C., Osborn, D., Meharg, A.A., 2006. After the Aznalcóllar mine spill: Arsenic, zinc, selenium, lead and copper levels in the livers and bones of five waterfowl species. Environmental Research 100, 349-361.

Swan, G., Naidoo, V., Cuthbert, R., Green, R.E., Pain, D.J., Swarup, D., Prakash, V., Taggart, M.A., Bekker, L., Das, D., Diekmann, J., Diekmann, M., Killian, E., Meharg, A.A., Patra, R.C., Saina, M., Wolter, K., 2006. Removing the threat of diclofenac to Critically Endangered Asian Vultures. PLoS Biology 4, 395-402.

Green, R.E., Taggart, M.A., Das, D., Pain, D.J., Sashikumar, C., Cunningham, A.A., Cuthbert, R., 2006. Collapse of Asian vulture populations: risk of mortality from residues of the veterinary drug diclofenac in carcasses of treated cattle. Journal of Applied Ecology 43, 949-956.

Svanberg, F., Mateo, R., Hillström, L., Green, A.J., Taggart, M.A., Raab, A., Meharg, A.A., 2006. Lead isotopes and Pb shot ingestion in the globally threatened marbled teal (Marmaronetta angustirostris) and white-headed duck (Oxyura leucocephala). Science of the Total Environment 370, 416-424.

Pain, D.J., Meharg, A.A., Ferrer, M., Taggart, M.A., Penteriani, V., 2005. Lead concentrations in bones and feathers of the globally threatened Spanish imperial eagle. Biological Conservation 121, 603-610.

Taggart, M.A., Carlisle, M., Pain, D.J., Williams, R., Green, D., Osborn, D., Meharg, A.A., 2005. Arsenic levels in the soils and macrophytes of the ‘Entremuros’ after the Aznalcóllar mine spill. Environmental Pollution 133, 129-138.

Taggart, M.A., Carlisle, M., Pain, D.J., Williams, R., Osborn, D., Joyson, A., Meharg, A.A., 2004. The distribution of arsenic in soils affected by the Aznalcóllar mine spill, SW Spain. Science of the Total Environment 323, 137-152.



Mateo, R., Taggart, M.A., Meharg, A.A., 2003. Lead and arsenic in bones of birds of prey from Spain. Environmental Pollution 126, 107-114.

Brotheridge, R.M., Newton, K.E., Taggart, M.A., McCormick, P.H., Evans, S.W., 1998. Nickel, cobalt, zinc and copper levels in brown trout (Salmo trutta) from the river Otra, Southern Norway. The Analyst 123, 69-72.


Having joined ERI as a Research Fellow in 2011, I am currently Senior Research Fellow and Theme Leader for “Environmental Contamination and Ecological Health”. Prior to ERI I spent four years in Spain, at the University of Castilla-la Mancha, where I held a “Juan de la Cierva” Research Fellowship. Before this, I spent 7 years at the University of Aberdeen undertaking my PhD (in arsenic biogeochemistry) and subsequently a post-doctoral teaching and research fellowship.


I have >25 years of experience in the environmental sector and have worked not only within academia, but also within industry (in Power Generation/Flue Gas Desulphurisation) and in regulation (having worked for the UK Environment Agency). I hold a broad range of interdisciplinary research interests which are founded on a background in earth science, soil science and biogeochemistry. Current research tends more towards ecotoxicology and the fate, behaviour and effects of pollutants and toxins within the environment. Much of my work involves the use/application of advanced analytical techniques (LC-MS/MS (ToF, triple quadrupole), GC-MS, ICP-OES, ICP-MS, SEM-EDX, XANES/EXAFS, XRF) to answer questions regarding the uptake, transfer and toxicity of metals/metalloids and emerging contaminants (i.e., pharmaceuticals) at higher trophic levels (in birds, mammals, etc).


A primary research theme since 2004 has involved the study of the effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), specifically diclofenac, on what are now Critically Endangered Gyps vultures on the Indian sub-continent. This work has been driven by an active on-going collaboration with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. For more comprehensive information regarding this research, please see the “Saving Asia’s Vultures from Extinction” (SAVE) website at


Current Research Interests
• Fate and behaviour of pollutants – specifically in the terrestrial environment
• Classic and emerging contaminants – in particular, metals/metalloids and pharmaceuticals
• Ecotoxicology – uptake and effects, particularly with respect to wild birds and mammals
• Analytical chemistry – novel applications, method development and hyphenated techniques


Current PhD students
David Braidwood, due to complete 2017, “Remediation and restoration of ocean-exposed cliff-top in the context of Dounreay (Scotland) nuclear power plant decommissioning”.
Daniel Johnston, due to complete 2018, “Ecology of black guillemots in relation to marine protected areas and marine renewable energy developments”.
Derek Elsby, due to complete 2020, “Utilising deer to “biomonitor” for antimicrobial resistence (AMR) in the Scottish environment”.
Lydia Niemi, due to complete 2020, “Assessment of the degradation pathways, persistence and ecotoxicological impacts of human pharmaceuticals in the aquatic environment”.
Uthman Badmus, due to complete 2020, “Seaweed as a value added product for the food and drink sector”.
Magdalena Blanz, due to complete 2020, “Seaweed as food and fodder in the North Atlantic islands: Past, present and future opportunities”.


PhD students completed
Andrew French, completed 2016, “Linking habitat characteristics with red deer condition in the Scottish Highlands”.
Manuel Reglero, completed 2016, “Food chain transfer of metals from abandoned mines in the Sierra Madrona-Valle de Alcudia area (Spain) to large game”.
Paul Gaffney, completed 2017, “The impact of large-scale tree felling for blanket bog restoration on water quality”.


Weblinks covering recent research


64 research articles published.
3 book chapters published.
Current h index = 24 (SCOPUS).
Total citations = >1400 (SCOPUS).