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Environmental fate of pollutants
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Area of academic expertise - outline

I am a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and before starting in academia in 2015, I worked in 3rd Sector organisations and environmental regulators, and have 8 years environmental policy experience working with national and local government, regulators and the private sector in the fields of air quality, land quality and noise.

My primary area of interest is the impacts environmental pollution but in particular air pollution and soil contamination.  In my research I use various analytical measurement techniques such as ICP-AES, ICP-MS, Graphite Furnace-AAS, Flame-AAS, HPLC and LC-MS.  Recent projects I have been invovled in are:

  • air pollution and links with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • waste management within the food industry,
  • historical pollution within sediments,
  • metal toxicity to aquatic organisms
  • odour emissions from waste water treatment works,
  • the treatment of manganese contamination in water systems.  

I regularly peer review manuscript submissions and have acted as PhD Viva External Examiner.

My teaching remit includes Undergraduate and Postgraduate teaching on the Physical Sciences programme (Chemistry and Forensic Science) and the Safety, Health and Environment programme.  I am the Programme Leader for the MSc Waste and Resource Management.  Modules I co-ordinate (and teach on) include Analytical Chemistry (Lvl 9), Safety, Health and Environmental Protection (Lvl 9), Principles of Sustainability (Lvl 11), Waste Management (Lvl 11), Pollution Control (Lvl 11) and Environmental Systems (Lvl 11).

In September 2018 I was made Programme Leader for the MSc Waste and Resource Management programme and promoted to Senior Lecturer in January 2020.

Current research activities

My current research includes (i) working with local authorities monitoring air quality using low cost, portable monitors in urban environments, (ii) legacy pollution in estuarine sediments and their potential influence on antimicrobial resistance and most recently (iii) links between air quality and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. 

My PhD students researching (i) particulate matter and COPD (ii) carbon emissions within the public sector, (iii) waste to product recycling and re-use and (iv) quality management in the oil industry and links to policy

Desired research direction

I am interested to develop ‘ecosystem services approach’ and ‘resilience’ as part of a collaborative, inter-disciplinary approach within the University and wider external research community.  Taking this approach I would wish to translate my experience with POPs and agroforestry management techniques in Mediterranean ecosystems to different forestry systems.

Target collaborative organisations

Private sector companies interested in contamination and air quality, and systems approaches.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

External positions

Approved Trainer, Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA)

Nov 2020 → …

Topic Editor, Sustainability, MDPI Open Access Journals

Nov 2020 → …

Trustee, Ayr Amateur Opera Company

1 Aug 202031 May 2005

External Examiner, SRUC - Scotland’s Rural College

1 Oct 2019 → …

Trustee, Environmental Protection Scotland

1 Aug 2015 → …


  • QD Chemistry
  • Analytical
  • ICP
  • Environmental
  • Soil
  • Persistent Organic Pollutants
  • Potentially Toxic Elements
  • air pollution
  • Waste Management
  • WEEE
  • QE Geology
  • SD Forestry


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