Professor Richard Shore
Section Head and Head of Site, CEH at Lancaster
I am the Science Area Lead in CEH for Pollution & Environmental Risk.
I head a section of some 60 staff and students.
I am also the current Head of Site for CEH at Lancaster.
Chemicals are vital for health and economic development but can also have adverse impacts on wildlife and people. For economic development to be sustainable, it is essential that the risks associated with the manufacture, use and disposal of chemicals can be assessed scientifically and objectively. This requires scientific data and understanding of what contaminants are present in the environment and what effects they may have.
My research centres on studying the exposure and effects of pollutants, biocides and pesticides in wild birds and mammals, including:
The results from this research help identify chemical risks, develop appropriate assessment and mitigation strategies, and guide the formulation of effective policies to protect environmental and human health.
More details about our long-term, large-scale monitoring of contaminants in birds can be found on CEH's Predatory Bird Monitoring Scheme (PBMS) website.
Selected recent publications
Please see also the NERC Open Research Archive.
Shore, R.F., Taggart, M.A., Smits, J., Mateo, R., Richards, N.L. and Fryday, S. in press. Detection and drivers of exposure and effects of pharmaceuticals in higher vertebrates. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 369, 20130570.
Pereira, M.G., Murk, A.J., Van den Berg, H., Walker, L.A. and Shore, R.F. 2014. How much do PCB toxic equivalents account for PHAH toxicity in predatory birds? Environmental Pollution 193, 240-246. [link]
Rattner, B.A., Lazarus, R.S., Elliott, J.E., Shore, R.F. and van den Brink, N. 2014. Adverse outcome pathway and risks of anticoagulant rodenticides to predatory wildlife. Environmental Science & Technology 48, 8433-8445.
Broughton, R.K., Shore, R.F., Heard, M.S., Amy, S.R., Meek, W.R., Redhead, J.W., Turk, A. and Pywell, R.F. 2014. Agri-environment scheme enhances small mammal diversity and abundance at the farm-scale. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 192, 122-129. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2014.04.009
Gómez-Ramírez P., Shore R.F., van den Brink NW, van Hattum B, Bustnes JO, Duke G, Fritsch C, García-Fernández AJ, Helander BO, Jaspers V , Krone O, Martínez-López E, Mateo R, Movalli P and Sonne,C. 2014. An overview of existing raptor contaminant monitoring activities in Europe. Environment International 67, 12-21. [link]
Heys, K.A., Riding, M.J., Strong, R.J., Shore, R.F., Pereira, M.G, Jones, K.C., Semple, K.T. and Martin, F.L. 2014. Mid-infrared spectroscopic assessment of nanotoxicity in Gram-negative vs. Grampositive bacteria. Analyst 139, 896-905. [link]
Walker, L.A., Chaplow, J.S., Moeckel C., Pereira M.G., Potter, E.D. and Shore, R.F. 2014. Anticoagulant rodenticides in predatory birds 2012: a Predatory Bird Monitoring Scheme (PBMS) report. Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Lancaster, UK. 18pp. [link]
Walker, L.A., J.S. Chaplow, Lawlor, A.J., Pereira M.G., Potter, E.D., Sainsbury, A.W. and Shore, R.F. 2014. Lead (Pb) and Mercury (Hg) concentrations in predatory bird livers 2012: a Predatory Bird Monitoring Scheme (PBMS) report. Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Lancaster, UK. 17 pp. [link]
Arnold K.E., Boxall A.B.A., Brown A.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. and Thompson H.M. 2013. Assessing the exposure risk and impacts of pharmaceuticals in the environment on individuals and ecosystems. Biology Letters 9, 20130492 http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2013.0492
Jones, O.A.H., Murfitt, S., Svendsen, C., Turk, A., Turk, H., Spurgeon, D.J., Walker, L.A., Shore, R.F., Long, S.M., Griffin, J.L. 2013. Comparisons of metabolic and physiological changes in rats following short term oral dosing with pesticides commonly found in food. Food and Chemical Toxicology 59, 438-445
Crosse, J.D., Shore, R.F., Jones, K.C. and Pereira, M.G. 2013. Key factors affecting liver PBDE concentrations in sparrowhawks (Accipiter nisus). Environmental Pollution 177, 171-176. [link]
Crosse, J.D., Shore, R.F., Wadsworth, R.A., Jones, K.C. and Pereira, M.G. 2012. Long-term trends in PBDEs in sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) eggs indicate sustained contamination of UK terrestrial ecosystems. Environmental Science & Technology 46, 13504−13511. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/es303550f
Llabjani, V., Malik, R.N., Trevisan, J., Hoti, V., Ukpebor, J., Shinwari, Z.K., Moeckel, C., Jones, K.C., Shore, R.F. and Martin, F. 2012. Alterations in the infrared spectral signature of avian feathers reflect potential chemical exposure: a pilot study comparing two sites in Pakistan. Environment International 48, 29-46.