• Ormlie Road

    KW14 7EE Thurso

    United Kingdom

  • United Kingdom

  • 28 Citations
  • 3 h-Index

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Research expertise

I am currently a Hydrochemist at the ERI, working mainly with water chemistry analysis for wind farm developments. I undertake laboratory analysis of samples for water quality parameters, along with interpretative reporting of these results in the context of assessing land management effects and water quality targets.


Prior to this I undertook a PhD research project entitled “The effects of bog restoration in formerly afforested peatlands on water quality and aquatic carbon fluxes”. This research investigated the effects of conifer harvesting and drain blocking on pore water, stream and river water chemistry, along with measuring fluxes of aquatic carbon. I undertook weekly field sampling, hydrological measurements and lab work using a range of analytical techniques and this project involved collaboration with a range of landowners, stakeholders, fellow researchers and students in the wider Flow Country research hub. This work was carried out on the RSPB Forsinard Flows NNR, around the Dyke Forest, where restoration began in autumn 2014.


I have a background in Environmental Chemistry, which I studied at the University of Glasgow. Here my dissertation project was also looking at water quality draining disturbed peatlands, due to windfarm construction. I have also worked for KIMO, a marine pollution campaign group and studied Marine Science at Plymouth University, thus my research interests are strongly focused on water chemistry.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Environmental Research Institute

1 Dec 201230 Nov 2016

Award Date: 16 Sep 2017

Master in Science

24 Sep 201112 Sep 2012

Award Date: 1 Dec 2012

Bachelor of Science, University of Glasgow

18 Sep 20061 Jun 2010

Award Date: 1 Jul 2010

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  • 28 Citations
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  • 6 Article

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

  • Ecohydrological change following rewetting of a deep‐drained northern raised bog

    Gaffney, P. P. J., Hugron, S., Jutras, S., Marcoux, O., Raymond, S. & Rochefort, L., 1 Jul 2020, In : Ecohydrology. 13, 5, 15 p., ECO2210.

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    Open Access
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    Restoration of afforested peatland: Immediate effects on aquatic carbon loss

    Gaffney, P. P. J., Hancock, M. H., Taggart, M. A. & Andersen, R., 30 Jun 2020, In : Science of the Total Environment. 742, 140594.

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  • Open Access
  • 9 Citations (Scopus)
    7 Downloads (Pure)

    Ecological and environmental transition across the forested-to-open bog ecotone in a west Siberian peatland

    Ratcliffe, J. L., Creevy, A., Andersen, R., Zarov, E., Gaffney, P., Taggart, M. A., Mazei, Y., Tsyganov, A. N., Rowson, J. G., Lapshina, E. D. & Payne, R. J., 31 Dec 2017, In : Science of the Total Environment. 607-608, p. 816-828 13 p.

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    Open Access
  • 16 Citations (Scopus)
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    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)