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.
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. [doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2013.02.006]
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. [doi: dx.doi.org/10.1021/es303550f]
Walker, L.A., Chaplow, J.S., Llewellyn, N.R., Pereira M.G., Potter, E.D., Sainsbury, A.W. and Shore, R.F. 2013. Anticoagulant rodenticides in predatory birds 2011: a Predatory Bird Monitoring Scheme (PBMS) report. Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Lancaster, UK. 29pp. [link]
Pereira. M.G., Chaplow, J.S., Patel, S. and Shore, R.F. 2012. WILDCOMS (Wildlife Disease & Contaminant Monitoring and Surveillance network) Annual Report 2011-2012, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, UK, 15pp. ISBN: 978-1-906698-34-8: [link]
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.
Dittman, T., Becker, P.H., Bakker, J.F., Bignert, A., Nyberg, E., Pereira, M.G., Pijanowska, U., Shore, R.F., Stienen, E.W.M., Toft, G.O. and Marencic, H. 2012. Large-scale spatial pollution patterns around the North Sea indicated by coastal bird eggs within an EcoQO programme. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 19, 4060–4072. [doi: 10.1007/s11356-012-1070-2].
Blanco-Penedo, I., López-Alonso, M., Shore, R.F., Miranda, M., Castillo, C., Hernández, J. and Benedito, J.L. 2012. Evaluation of organic, conventional and intensive beef cattle farm systems in Spain; health, management and animal production. Animal 6, 1503-1511. [doi:10.1017/S1751731112000298]
Tosh, D.G., McDonald, R.A., Bearhop, S., Llewellyn, N. R., Montgomery, W.I. and Shore, R.F. 2012. Rodenticide exposure in wood mouse and house mouse populations on farms and potential secondary risk to predators. Ecotoxicology 21, 1325-1332 [doi: 10.1007/s10646-012-0886-3].
Liu, Z., Wang, H., Li, H., Carmichael, P.L., Deag, E.J., Duarte-Davidson, R., Howe, P., Meng, W., Price, O.R., Shen, Y., Shore, R.F., Sweetman, A.J., Undeman, E., Yan, Z., Zang, W. and Jones, K.C. 2012. China begins to position for leadership on responsible risk-based global chemicals management. Environmental Pollution 165, 170-173.
Crosse, J.D., Shore, R.F., Jones, K.C. and Pereira, M.G. 2012. Long term trends in PBDE concentrations in gannet (Morus bassanus) eggs from two UK colonies. Environmental Pollution 161, 93-100.