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I have a strong academic background in ecotoxicology and a keen interest in research communication. I have a particular interest in understanding the specific fate and behaviours of engineered nanomaterials, microplastics and nanoplastics and how this relates to their biological interactions. This research has been in the context of the developing field of environmental risk assessment of engineered nanomaterials.
My role at CEH as an Ecotoxicologist involves working on a number of national and international projects concerning the occurance, fate and ecotoxicity of manufactured nanomaterials and microplastics in the environment. Previous employment at the University of Exeter focused on building on the maturing field of nano-ecotoxicology and applying these developments to research into nano/microplastics.
Previous succesful research grants include proposals at FENAC, University of Birmingham.
Awarded SETAC Europe's ECETOC Young Scientist Award 2017.
Recent publications include:
Cross R. K., Tyler C. R. & Galloway T. S. (2019): The fate of cerium oxide nanoparticles in sediments and their routes of uptake in a freshwater worm. Nanotoxicology.
M.L. Fernández-Cruz, D. Hernández-Moreno, J. Catalán, R.K. Cross, H. Stockmann-Juvala, J. Cabellos , V.R. Lopes, M. Matzke, N. Ferraz, J.J. Izquierdo, J.M. Navas, M. Park, C. Svendsen, G. Janer. (2017): Quality evaluation of human and environmental toxicity studies performed with nanomaterials – the GUIDEnano approach. Environmental Science: Nano.
PhD: Ecotoxicology of manufactured nanomaterials: what factors govern bioaccumulation in sediment dwelling species? (2014-2017)