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  • 2141 Citations
  • 30 h-Index
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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: 75 research articles and 4 book chapters published. Current h index = 30 (SCOPUS). Total citations = >2000 (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

Master of Science, University of Leeds

Bachelor of Science


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

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Arsenic Medicine & Life Sciences
Liver Chemical Compounds
Diclofenac Medicine & Life Sciences
meloxicam Medicine & Life Sciences
drug Earth & Environmental Sciences
Spain Medicine & Life Sciences
Birds Chemical Compounds
Artemia Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 1998 2020

  • 2141 Citations
  • 30 h-Index
  • 77 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Other chapter contribution
  • 1 Review article

Synthesis optimisation and characterisation of chitosan-calcite adsorbent from fishery-food waste for phosphorus removal

Pap, S., Kirk, C., Bremner, B., Turk Sekulic, M., Gibb, S. W., Maletic, S. & Taggart, M. A., 11 Jan 2020, In : Environmental Science and Pollution Research. p. 1-13 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Animal Shells
Calcium Carbonate
Utilization Review
Waste Water
1 Citation (Scopus)

Exposure of black-necked grebes (Podiceps nigricollis) to metal pollution during the moulting period in the Odiel Marshes, Southwest Spain

Rodríguez-estival, J., Sánchez, M. I., Ramo, C., Varo, N., Amat, J. A., Garrido-fernández, J., Hornero-méndez, D., Ortiz-santaliestra, M. E., Taggart, M. A., Martinez-haro, M., Green, A. J. & Mateo, R., 1 Feb 2019, In : Chemosphere. 216, p. 774-784

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Downloads (Pure)

Habitat and host factors associated with liver fluke (Fasciola hepatica) diagnoses in wild red deer (Cervus elaphus) in the Scottish Highlands

French, A. S., Zadoks, R. N., Skuce, P. J., Mitchell, G., Gordon-gibbs, D. K. & Taggart, M. A., 12 Nov 2019, In : Parasites & Vectors. 12, 1, p. 1-14 14 p., 535.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
liver flukes
Fasciola hepatica
Cervus elaphus
1 Citation (Scopus)

Ionisable emerging pharmaceutical adsorption onto microwave functionalised biochar derived from novel lignocellulosic waste biomass

Paunovic, O., Pap, S., Maletic, S., Taggart, M. A., Boskovic, N. & Turk Sekulic, M., 1 Jul 2019, In : Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. 547, p. 350-360 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Drug products

Press / Media


Mark Taggart


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research


Motion raised in Scottis Parliament

Stuart Gibb (Participant), Mark Taggart (Participant)

Impact: Public policy Impacts


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)