• Ormlie Road

    KW14 7EE Thurso

    United Kingdom

  • United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

  • 2348 Citations
  • 31 h-Index

Research output per year

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Personal profile

Research expertise

Having joined ERI as a Research Fellow in 2011, I am currently Senior Research Fellow and theme leader for “Environmental Contamination and Ecological Health”. Prior to ERI I spent four years in Spain, at the University of Castilla-la Mancha, where I held a “Juan de la Cierva” Research Fellowship. Before this, I spent 7 years at the University of Aberdeen undertaking my PhD (in arsenic biogeochemistry) and subsequently a post-doctoral teaching and research fellowship.


I have >25 years experience in the environmental sector and have worked not only within academia, but also within industry (in Power Generation/Flue Gas Desulphurisation) and in regulation (having worked for the UK Environment Agency for 4 years). I hold a broad range of interdisciplinary research interests which are founded on a background in earth science, soil science and biogeochemistry. Current research tends more towards ecotoxicology and the fate, behaviour and effects of pollutants and toxins within the environment. Much of my work involves the use/application of advanced analytical techniques (LC-MS/MS (ToF, triple quadrupole), GC-MS, ICP-AES, ICP-MS, SEM-EDS, XANES/EXAFS, XRF) to answer questions regarding the uptake, transfer and toxicity of metals/metalloids and emerging contaminants (i.e., pharmaceuticals) at higher trophic levels (in birds, mammals, etc).


A primary research theme since 2004 has involved the study of the effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), specifically diclofenac, on what are now Critically Endangered Gyps vultures on the Indian sub-continent. This work has been driven by an active on-going collaboration with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. For more comprehensive information regarding this research, please see the “Saving Asia's Vultures from Extinction” (SAVE) website at http://www.save-vultures.org/.


Bibliometrics: 84 research articles and 5 book chapters published. Current h index = 31 (SCOPUS). Total citations = >2300 (SCOPUS).


Research links

Since 2004 I have been closely engaged with the SAVE (Saving Asia's Vultures from Extinction) conservation and research consortium. I also sit on the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for SAVE and have published >20 papers related to the collapse of Asia's vulture populations due to NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) poisoning. For more information on this, see:







Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Aberdeen

1 Sep 20001 Jan 2005

Award Date: 1 Jan 2005

Master of Science, University of Leeds

1 Sep 19951 Sep 1996

Award Date: 1 Sep 1996

Bachelor of Science

1 Sep 19911 Jul 1994

Award Date: 1 Jul 1994


  • QD Chemistry
  • Geochemistry
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Wildlife Forensics
  • Soil Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry

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Research Output

  • 2348 Citations
  • 31 h-Index
  • 85 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Other chapter contribution
  • 1 Review article
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    A SPE-HPLC-MS/MS method for the simultaneous determination of prioritised pharmaceuticals and EDCs with high environmental risk potential in freshwater

    Li, Y., Taggart, M. A., Mckenzie, C., Zhang, Z., Lu, Y., Pap, S. & Gibb, S. W., 21 Jul 2020, In : Journal of Environmental Sciences. 100, p. 18-27 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Assessing hospital impact on pharmaceutical levels in a rural ‘source-to-sink’ water system

    Niemi, L., Taggart, M., Boyd, K., Zhang, Z., Gaffney, P. P. J., Pfleger, S. & Gibb, S., 22 May 2020, In : Science of the Total Environment. 737, p. 139618

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Identifying seaweed consumption by sheep using isotope analysis of their bones and teeth: Modern reference δ13C and δ15N values and their archaeological implications

    Mainland, I., Blanz, M., Taggart, M., Richards, M., Balasse, M., Ascough, P., Wolfhagen, J. & Feldmann, J., 30 Jun 2020, In : Journal of Archaeological Science.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Low-cost chitosan-calcite adsorbent development for potential phosphate removal and recovery from wastewater effluent

    Pap, S., Kirk, C., Bremner, B., Sekulic, M. T., Shearer, L., Gibb, S. W. & Taggart, M. A., 15 Apr 2020, In : Water Research. 173, 115573.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 5 Citations (Scopus)

    Press / Media


    Remediation and restoration of ocean exposed cliff-top, in the context of Dounreay (Scotland) nuclear power plant decommissioning

    Author: Braidwood, D., 4 May 2018

    Supervisor: Andersen, R. (Supervisor), Taggart, M. (Supervisor) & Smith, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (awarded by OU/Aberdeen)


    The effects of bog restoration in formerly afforested peatlands on water quality and aquatic carbon fluxes

    Author: Gaffney, P. P. J., 19 Jul 2017

    Supervisor: Andersen, R. (Supervisor), Taggart, M. (Supervisor), Hancock, M. (Supervisor) & Robinson, R. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (awarded by OU/Aberdeen)


    Linking environmental variation across the Scottish Highlands with red deer (Cervus elaphus) trace element status, parasite burden, and skeletal morphometry

    Author: French, A. S., 4 Mar 2016

    Supervisor: Taggart, M. (Supervisor), Gibb, S. (Supervisor) & Shaw, D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (awarded by OU/Aberdeen)



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    Impact: Public policy Impacts