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 (through funding from the UK Darwin Initiative). For more comprehensive information regarding this research, please see the “Saving Asia’s Vultures from Extinction” (SAVE) website at http://www.save-vultures.org/.
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” (ERI, UK – with Dr Roxane Andresen).
Paul Gaffney, due to complete 2016, “The impact of large-scale tree felling for blanket bog restoration on water quality” (ERI, UK – with Dr Roxane Andresen).
Andrew French, due to complete 2016, “Linking habitat characteristics with red deer condition in the Scottish Highlands” (ERI, UK – with Prof. Stuart Gibb).
Manuel Reglero, due to complete 2016, “Food chain transfer of metals from abandoned mines in the Sierra Madrona-Valle de Alcudia area (Spain) to large game” (IREC, Spain – with Dr Rafael Mateo).
Daniel Johnston, due to complete 2018, “Ecology of black guillemots in relation to marine protected areas and marine renewable energy developments” (ERI, UK – with Dr Elizabeth Masden).
Weblinks covering recent research
57 research articles published.
3 book chapters published.
Current h index = 21 (SCOPUS).
Total citations = >1000 (SCOPUS).