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Area of academic expertise - outline

I am now in my fourth year of academia and before that 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.  I have recently been involved in projects which have focussed on odour emissions from waste water treatment works, the impact of noise from marine renewable energy on marine invertebrates (with biology and engineering colleagues) and the treatment of manganese contamination in water systems.  In my research I use various analytical measurement techniques such as ICP-AES, ICP-MS, Graphite Furnace-AAS, Flame-AAS, HPLC and LC-MS.

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), Chemical Laboratory Techniques (Lvl 8), Safety, Health and Environmental Protection (Lvl 9), Principles of Sustainability (Lvl 11), Waste Management (Lvl 11) and Pollution Control (Lvl 11). 

In September 2018 I was made Programme Leader for the MSc Waste and Resource Management programme.

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.

External positions

Trustee, Environmental Protection Scotland

1 Aug 2015 → …


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

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Research Output 2007 2018

pollution policy
health policy
atmospheric pollution
particulate matter

Can legacy pollution influence antimicrobial resistance in estuarine sediments?: the geochemical role!

Rodgers, K., McLellan, I., Peshkur, T., Williams, R., Tonner, R., Hursthouse, A. S., Knapp, C. W. & Henriquez, F. L. 2 Jul 2018 p. 96-96 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePresentation

estuarine sediment
antibiotic resistance
public health
Open Access
estuarine sediment
Anti-Bacterial Agents

Carbon efficiency in the Scottish public sector

Idundun, E., McLellan, I. & Hursthouse, A. 29 Oct 2018

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

public sector
fossil fuel
carbon footprint
climate change


Associate Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Iain McLellan (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Election to learned society

Fellow of the Geological Society (FGS)

Iain McLellan (Recipient), 1 Jul 2005

Prize: Election to learned society

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Iain McLellan (Recipient), Jan 2017

Prize: Election to learned society

Genes of past, present and future: does legacy pollution contribute to antibiotic resistance in industrialised estuaries?

Kiri Rodgers (Recipient), Andrew Hursthouse (Recipient), Iain McLellan (Recipient), Fiona Henriquez-Mui (Recipient), Roderick Williams (Recipient), Rebecca Tonner (Recipient), Tatyana Peshkur (Recipient) & Charles Knapp (Recipient), 27 Apr 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Microbial Drug Resistance

Member of the Institution of Environmental Sciences (MIEnvSc)

Iain McLellan (Recipient), Oct 2015

Prize: Election to learned society

Activities 2009 2018

BREATH Annual Conference

Lockhart, J. (Invited speaker), Litherland, G. (Invited speaker), Crilly, A. (Invited speaker), MacKenzie, A. (Invited speaker), McLellan, I. (Invited speaker), Bakhshi, A. (Invited speaker), Thomas, M. (Invited speaker), Bailo, M. (Invited speaker), Black, K. (Invited speaker), McCallum, K. (Invited speaker)
19 Jun 201820 Jun 2018

Activity: Participation in conference

Meeting with Finlay Carson (MSP) in Scottish Parliament

Lockhart, J. (Visitor), Litherland, G. (Visitor), Crilly, A. (Visitor), McLellan, I. (Visitor), Finlay Carson (Host)
10 Jan 2018

Activity: Other

Making your Research Matter Workshop

McLellan, I. (Participant), Rodgers, K. (Participant)
1 Jun 2018

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Belmont Forum - BiodivERsA International Joint Call

McLellan, I. (Reviewer)
4 Jun 2018

Activity: Types of External academic engagement - Membership of peer review panel or committee

Scottish Government Air Quality Seminar 2018

McLellan, I. (Participant)
22 Jan 2018

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Press / Media

Health Gong for Uni Link

John Lockhart, Gary Litherland, Anne Crilly, Iain McLellan, Andrew Hursthouse & Carl Goodyear


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research


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public sector
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carbon footprint
climate change

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