Professional summary

Research Interests

I am an ecotoxicologist interested in the fate and effects of contaminants, particularly emerging contaminants, in the environment. In recent years my work has focussed on the fate and effects of nanomaterials in soil ecosystems investigating nanomaterial bioavailablity and effects to earthworms. I also have a current interest in the environmental presence and potential risks of microplastics in freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems.

Further to emerging contaminants I have a working interest in differential species sensitivity to chemicals in both freshwater and terrestrial environments and understanding the implications of this for toxicity testing but also for the environment in general. The differential sensitivity of species in the duckweed (Lemnaceae) family, currently the only macrophyte required for regulatory aquatic toxicity testing, was the focus of my PhD (2011). I am working on projects funded by the European Food Safety Authority comparing the sensitivity of different bee species to neonicitinoids and their mixture with other pesticides such as herbicide and fungicides. and by NERC developing a framework for interspecies extrapolation through studying the mechanisms underpinning variation in sensitivity of different earthworm species to different chemicals.


Journal Publications

Manuel Liebeke, Nicole Strittmatter, Sarah Fearn, A John Morgan, Peter Kille, Jens Fuchser, David Wallis, Vitalii Palchykov, Jeremy Robertson, Elma Lahive, David J Spurgeon, David Mcphail, Zoltán Takáts, Jacob G Bundy: Unique metabolites protect earthworms against plant polyphenols. Nature Communications 08/2015; 6:7869. DOI:10.1038/ncomms8869

Marta Novo, Elma Lahive, María Díez-Ortiz, Marianne Matzke, Andrew J Morgan, David J Spurgeon, Claus Svendsen, Peter Kille: Different routes, same pathways: Molecular mechanisms under silver ion and nanoparticle exposures in the soil sentinel Eisenia fetida. Environmental Pollution 07/2015; 205:385-393. DOI:10.1016/j.envpol.2015.07.010

Maria Diez-Ortiz, Elma Lahive, Peter Kille, Kate Powell, A John Morgan, Kerstin Jurkschat, Cornelis A M Van Gestel, J Fred W Mosselmans, Claus Svendsen, David J Spurgeon: Uptake routes and toxicokinetics of silver nanoparticles and silver ions in the earthworm Lumbricus rubellus. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 04/2015; 34(10). DOI:10.1002/etc.3036

Daniel S Read, Marianne Matzke, Hyun S Gweon, Lindsay K Newbold, Laura Heggelund, Maria Diez Ortiz, Elma Lahive, David Spurgeon, Claus Svendsen: Soil pH effects on the interactions between dissolved zinc, non-nano- and nano-ZnO with soil bacterial communities. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 04/2015;  DOI:10.1007/s11356-015-4538-z

Maria Diez-Ortiz, Elma Lahive, Suzanne George, Anneke Ter Schure, Cornelis A M Van Gestel, Kerstin Jurkschat, Claus Svendsen, David J Spurgeon: Short-term soil bioassays may not reveal the full toxicity potential for nanomaterials; Bioavailability and toxicity of silver ions (AgNO3) and silver nanoparticles to earthworm Eisenia fetida in long-term aged soils. Environmental Pollution 04/2015; 203:191-198. DOI:10.1016/j.envpol.2015.03.033

Carolin Schultz, Kate Powell, Alison Crossley, Kerstin Jurkschat, Peter Kille, A. John Morgan, Daniel Read, William Tyne, Elma Lahive, Claus Svendsen, David J. Spurgeon: Analytical approaches to support current understanding of exposure, uptake and distributions of engineered nanoparticles by aquatic and terrestrial organisms. Ecotoxicology 12/2014; 24(2). DOI:10.1007/s10646-014-1387-3

Manuel Liebeke, Michael W Bruford, Robert K Donnelly, Timothy M D Ebbels, Jie Hao, Peter Kille, Elma Lahive, Rachael M Madison, A John Morgan, Gabriela A Pinto-Juma, David J Spurgeon, Claus Svendsen, Jacob G Bundy: Identifying biochemical phenotypic differences between cryptic species. Biology letters 09/2014; 10(9). DOI:10.1098/rsbl.2014.0615

E. Lahive, J. O'Halloran, M. A. K. Jansen: A marriage of convenience; a simple food chain comprised of Lemna minor (L.) and Gammarus pulex (L.) to study the dietary transfer of zinc. Plant Biology 04/2014; 17(s1). DOI:10.1111/plb.12179

Elma Lahive, Kerstin Jurkschat, Benjamin J. Shaw, Richard D. Handy, David J. Spurgeon, Claus Svendsen: Toxicity of cerium oxide nanoparticles to the earthworm Eisenia fetida: Subtle effects. Environmental Chemistry 01/2014; 11(3):268. DOI:10.1071/EN14028

Laura R. Heggelund, Maria Diez-Ortiz, Stephen Lofts, Elma Lahive, Kerstin Jurkschat, Jacek Wojnarowicz, Nina Cedergreen, David J Spurgeon, Claus Svendsen: Soil pH effects on the comparative toxicity of dissolved zinc, non-nano and nano ZnO to the earthworm Eisenia fetida. Nanotoxicology 06/2013;  DOI:10.3109/17435390.2013.809808

Peter Kille, Jane Andre, Craig Anderson, Hui Na Ang, Michael W. Bruford, Jacob G. Bundy, Robert Donnelly, Mark E. Hodson, Gabriela Juma, Elma Lahive, A. John Morgan, Stephen R. Stürzenbaum, David J. Spurgeon: DNA sequence variation and methylation in an arsenic tolerant earthworm population. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 02/2013; 57:524-532. DOI:10.1016/j.soilbio.2012.10.014

Elma Lahive, John O Halloran, Marcel A K Jansen: Frond development gradients are a determinant of the impact of zinc on photosynthesis in three species of Lemnaceae. Aquatic Botany 08/2012; 101:55-63. DOI:10.1016/j.aquabot.2012.04.003

Elma Lahive, Michael J A O'Callaghan, Marcel A K Jansen, John O'Halloran: Uptake and partitioning of zinc in Lemnaceae. Ecotoxicology 07/2011; 20(8):1992-2002. DOI:10.1007/s10646-011-0741-y

E Lahive, J O Halloran, M A K Jansen: Differential sensitivity of four Lemnaceae species to zinc sulphate. Environmental and Experimental Botany 04/2011; 71(1):25-33. DOI:10.1016/j.envexpbot.2010.10.014



Brief CV

May 2011 - present: Ecotoxicologist,  CEH 

Mar - May 2011: Scientific Manager on the UV4Growth EU COST Action, Univeristy College Cork, Ireland

Oct 2006 - Mar 2011: PhD scholarship funded by the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology studying zinc metabolism in duckweeds focussing on bioavailability and trophic transfer. University College Cork, Ireland

Oct 2002 - Sept 2006: BSc Environmental Science University College Cork, Ireland