Professor Richard Shore
Section Head and Head of Site, CEH at Lancaster
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 the Science Area Lead in CEH for Pollution & Environmental Risk.
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, 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. & 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., 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., 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, 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., Martin, F.L. 2014. Mid-infrared spectroscopic assessment of nanotoxicity in Gram-negative vs. Grampositive bacteria. Analyst 139, 896-905. http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C3AN01649H
Walker, L.A., Chaplow, J.S., Moeckel C., Pereira M.G., Potter, E.D., & 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. & 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 KE, Boxall ABA, Brown AR, Cuthbert RJ, Gaw S, Hutchinson TH,Jobling S, Madden JC, Metcalfe CD, Naidoo V, Shore R.F., Smits JE, Taggart MA, Thompson HM. 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., 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 13504−1351. 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., 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.