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Since 1997, I worked on endocrine disrupters (i.e. chemicals which mimic hormones) in the environment, looking at the fate of these and other chemicals during sewage treatment and in the receiving rivers and their effects on fish.
To facilitate monitoring of chemicals in rivers I now run the National Fish Tissue Archive, the idea being that tissue samples are collected on a annual basis and stored as a resource for retrospective monitoring. i.e. if a chemical becomes a concern in the future, the stored samples will then allow to compare past and present concentrations of this compound even if no one measured it at the time. A subset of the collected fish has already been analysed for a variety of persistant organic chemicals and metals and recently microplastics, which has yielded intersting and sometimes surprising results - see the publication list below.
More recently, I've been involved in measuring microplastics in raw and treated drinking water and untreated and treated wastewater as well as the sludge that is produced during those treatment processes.
- Technische Universität in Berlin, Germany, Dipl. Ing. (Engineering degree, equ. to MSc)
- CEH Wallingford, Environmental Scientist since 1999
- Technische Universität in Berlin, Germany, Dipl. Ing. (Engineering degree, equ. to MSc), 1998
- Lancaster University, UK, PhD Biomonitoring of wild fish to assess chemical pollution in English rivers - An application of a Fish Tissue Archive, 2015
- SETAC (Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, http://www.setac.org)
A few of my publications are listed below and a full up-to-date list with links is available at http://www.researcherid.com/rid/B-2225-2008