Professor Richard Shore

Professor Richard Shore

Section Head and Head of Site, CEH at Lancaster

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Lancaster Environment Centre
Library Avenue
T: +44 (0)1524 595867
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I am the Science Area Lead in CEH for Pollution & Environmental Risk.

I head a section of some 60 staff and students.
The section comprises four groups: Analytical Chemistry (this is CEH’s centralised analytical chemistry facility), Applications Development, Environmental Contaminants and Plant-Soil Interactions. 

I am also the current Head of Site for CEH at Lancaster.


Research interests

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:

  • monitoring current levels of contamination of wild mammals and birds by pollutants, biocides and pesticides
  • identifying new chemical threats to wildlife
  • understanding how and why contamination varies geographically and over time
  • understanding what drives the transfer of chemicals along food-chains
  • investigating, assessing and predicting the impacts contamination may have.

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.


Brief CV

  • Researcher in vertebrate ecotoxicology and author / co-author of >200 publications (includes >100 ISI journal papers)
  • CEH Science Area Lead in Pollution and Environmental Risk (from 2013)
  • Honorary Professor, Lancaster University (2011 onwards)
  • CEH Section Head (from 2007) and Head of Site (from 2008), Lancaster
  • Appointee to Defra's Advisory Committee on Pesticides (ACP) (2011-14)
  • Chair of the Environmental Panel of the Advisory Committee on Pesticide (ACP) (2013 onwards)
  • Member of the editorial board of Environmental Pollution (2002 onwards)
  • Member of the International Travel Grant Panel of the Royal Society (2010 onwards)
  • Member of NERC’s Life Sciences Mass Spectrometry Facility grant committee (2008 onwards)
  • External lecturer on MSc courses for the Universities of Birmingham (from 2002) and London (from 2005)
  • Appointee to Defra's Advisory Committee on Hazardous Substances (ACHS) (2008-11)
  • Honorary Professor, Queen's University, Belfast (2006-11)
  • Conference Secretary, The Mammal Society (1999-2004)
  • PhD University of Manchester (1988)
  • BSc (Hons) Zoology, Class 1, University of Bristol (1984)

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.

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

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.

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.