Professional summary

Isobel is an Environmental Molecular Microbiologist at UKCEH. Her primary research interest is investigating the environmental dimension of AMR, with a particular focus on water environments, and has worked on many aspects of this topic area, including:

1. Developing surveillancestrategies and designing surveillance programmes to investigate the effects of different pollution sources on antibiotic resistance in the environment with a particular interest in both treated and untreated wastewater.

2. Investigating the selection of antibiotic resistance from low concentrations of chemicals in the environment, including antibiotics & other co-selecting compounds such pharmaceuticals & personal care products.

3. Understanding transmission of environmental antibiotic resistance to humans resulting in a negative human health outcome.

4. Undertaking citizen science to understand the drivers of antifungal resistance in homes, farms and composters in the UK.

5. Investigating how the UK has responded to the environmental challenges on the UK 5-year AMR National Action Plan.

Isobel has also been a member of the Welsh Government's Animal and Environment Antimicrobial Resistance Delivery Group since 2021.


2021 - present: Environmental Molecular Microbiologist, UKCEH Wallingford.

2019 - 2020: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Exeter.


2015 – 2019: PhD in Medical Sciences. University of Exeter. BBSRC/AstraZeneca CASE studentship. Thesis title: Selection for antibiotic resistance in complex microbial communities.

2019: ASPIRE/HEA Associate Fellowship in Higher Education. University of Exeter.

2014 – 2015: MRes in Molecular Microbiology (2015). University of Bath.

2011 – 2014: BSc in Biological Sciences with Virology (2014). University of Warwick.

Other Publications

Stanton, I. C., et al. Existing evidence on antibiotic resistance exposure and transmission to humans from the environment: a systematic map. 2022. Environmental Evidence.

Stanton, I. C., et al. Evolution of antibiotic resistance at low antibiotic concentrations including selection below the minimal selective concentration. 2020. Communications Biology.

Murray, A. K., Stanton, I. C., et al. The ‘SELection End points in Communities of bacTeria’ (SELECT) Method: A Novel Experimental Assay to Facilitate Risk Assessment of Selection for Antimicrobial Resistance in the Environment. 2020. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Murray, A. K., Stanton, I. C., et al. Dawning of a new ERA: Environmental Risk Assessment of antibiotics and their potential to select for antimicrobial resistance. 2021. Water Research.

Stanton, I. C., et al. What is the research evidence for antibiotic resistance exposure and transmission to humans from the environment? A systematic map protocol. 2020. Environmental Evidence.