Dr Mark Taggart

Environmental Research Institute
Castle St
KW14 7JD

tel: 01847 889 674

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Ecotoxicology, analytical chemistry, pollution, environmental chemistry

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Dr Taggart joined the Environmental Research Institute as a Research Fellow in 2011 and is currently a Senior Research Fellow and group leader for ‘Environmental Contamination and Ecological Health’. Prior to the Environmental Research Institute, he spent four years in Spain, at the University of Castilla-la Mancha, where he held a “Juan de la Cierva” Research Fellowship. Before this, he spent seven years at the University of Aberdeen undertaking his PhD (in arsenic biogeochemistry) and subsequently a post-doctoral teaching and research fellowship. Dr Taggart has around 30 years’ experience in the environmental sector and has worked in academia, but also in industry (in power generation/flue gas desulphurisation) and in regulation (for the UK Environment Agency). He holds a broad range of interdisciplinary research interests which are founded on a background in earth science, soil science and biogeochemistry. Current research tends towards ecotoxicology and the fate, behaviour and effects of pollutants and toxins within the environment.

Current research

Phos4YOU - EU Interreg NW Europe project - 2016-2021 - seeking to create more circular and sustainable phosphorous use and recycling processes with the EU - https://www.nweurope.eu/projects/project-search/phos4you-phosphorus-recovery-from-waste-water-for-your-life/ 

SHOTSWITCH - With the University of Cambridge - 2020-2025 - aims to monitor the transition to non-lead gunshot use in the UK over coming years - https://eri.ac.uk/research/major-projects/shot-switch/

SAVE - "Saving Asia's Vultures from Extinction" with the RSPB - ongoing since 2004 - https://save-vultures.org/

Research groups and interests

Fate, behaviour and toxicity of pollutants in the environment - especially in relation to metals and pharmaceuticals - Wildlife forensics - Ecotoxicology - especially in relation to birds and mammals - Water quality and wastewater treatment - One Health - Analytical and environmental chemistry

Selected publications

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