Dr Mick Whelan

Mick WhelanReader in Physical Geography

Contact details

  • Telephone: 0116 252 5215
  • Email: mjw72@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Bennett Building F70
  • ORCID ID: orcid.org/0000-0003-0277-9559

Publications

  • Krogseth IS, Whelan MJ, Christensen GN, Breivik K, Evenset A, Warner NA (2017) Understanding of Cyclic Volatile Methyl Siloxane Fate in a High Latitude Lake Is Constrained by Uncertainty in Organic Carbon Water Partitioning. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, 51 (1), pp. 401-409 10.1021/acs.est.6b04828
  • Douglas P, Tyrrel SF, Kinnersley RP, Whelan M, Longhurst PJ, Hansell AL, Walsh K, Pollard SJT, Drew GH (2017) Predicting Aspergillus fumigatus exposure from composting facilities using a dispersion model: A conditional calibration and validation. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HYGIENE AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH, 220 (1), pp. 17-28 10.1016/j.ijheh.2016.09.017
  • Douglas P, Tyrrel SF, Kinnersley RP, Whelan M, Longhurst PJ, Walsh K, Pollard SJT, Drew GH (2016) Sensitivity of predicted bioaerosol exposure from open windrow composting facilities to ADMS dispersion model parameters. JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, 184, pp. 448-455 10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.10.003
  • Pullan SP, Whelan MJ, Rettino J, Filby K, Eyre S, Holman IP (2016) Development and application of a catchment scale pesticide fate and transport model for use in drinking water risk assessment. SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT, 563, pp. 434-447 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.04.135 http://hdl.handle.net/2381/38052
  • Worrall F, Burt TP, Howden NJK, Whelan MJ (2016) The UK's total nitrogen budget from 1990 to 2020: a transition from source to sink?. BIOGEOCHEMISTRY, 129 (3), pp. 325-340 10.1007/s10533-016-0234-4 http://hdl.handle.net/2381/38437
  • Massey PA, Creamer RE, Whelan MJ, Ritz K (2016) Insensitivity of soil biological communities to phosphorus fertilization in intensively managed grassland systems. GRASS AND FORAGE SCIENCE, 71 (1), pp. 139-152 10.1111/gfs.12163
  • Cook S, Peacock M, Evans CD, Page SE, Whelan M, Gauci V, Khoon KL (2016) Cold storage as a method for the long-term preservation of tropical dissolved organic carbon (DOC). MIRES AND PEAT, 18 10.19189/MaP.2016.OMB.249
  • Taalab K, Corstanje R, Zawadzka J, Mayr T, Whelan MJ, Hannam JA, Creamer R (2015) On the application of Bayesian Networks in Digital Soil Mapping. GEODERMA, 259, pp. 134-14810.1016/j.geoderma.2015.05.014
  • Taalab K, Corstanje R, Mayr TM, Whelan MJ, Creamer RE (2015) The application of expert knowledge in Bayesian networks to predict soil bulk density at the landscape scale. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SOIL SCIENCE, 66 (5), pp. 930-941 10.1111/ejss.12282
  • Taalab K, Corstanje R, Mayr TM, Whelan MJ, Creamer RE (2015) The application of expert knowledge in Bayesian networks to predict soil bulk density at the landscape scale. European Journal of Soil Science, 66 (5), pp. 930-941 10.1111/ejss.12282
  • Whelan MJ, Coulon F, Hince G, Rayner J, McWatters R, Spedding T, Snape I (2015) Fate and transport of petroleum hydrocarbons in engineered biopiles in polar regions. Chemosphere, 131, pp. 232-240 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2014.10.088 http://hdl.handle.net/2381/32365
  • Warner NA, Krogseth IS, Whelan MJ (2015) Comment on "Unexpected occurrence of volatile dimethylsiloxanes in Antarctic soils, vegetation, phytoplankton, and krill". Environ Sci Technol, 49 (12), pp. 7504-7506 10.1021/acs.est.5b01612
  • Dolan T, Parsons DJ, Howsam P, Whelan MJ, Varga L (2014) Identifying Adaptation Options and Constraints: The Role of Agronomist Knowledge in Catchment Management Strategy. Water Resources Management, pp. 1-16 10.1007/s11269-013-0498-6
  • Howden NJK, Mathias SA, Whelan MJ, Burt TP, Worrall F (2014) A model of long-term catchment-scale nitrate transport in a UK Chalk catchment. ASSESSING AND MANAGING GROUNDWATER IN DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENTS, 19, pp. 179-189 ISBN13: 978-1-138-00100-8
  • Dolan T, Howsam P, Parsons DJ, Whelan MJ (2014) Impact of European water framework directive article 7 on drinking water directive compliance for pesticides: Challenges of a prevention-led approach. Water Policy, 16 (2), pp. 280-297 10.2166/wp.2013.166
  • Dolan T, Parsons DJ, Howsam P, Whelan MJ, Varga L (2014) Identifying Adaptation Options and Constraints: The Role of Agronomist Knowledge in Catchment Management Strategy. Water Resources Management, 28 (2), pp. 511-526 10.1007/s11269-013-0498-6
  • Massey PA, Creamer RE, Schulte RPO, Whelan MJ, Ritz K (2013) The effects of earthworms, botanical diversity and fertiliser type on the vertical distribution of soil nutrients and plant nutrient acquisition: A mesocosm study. Biology and Fertility of Soils, 49 (8), pp. 1189-1201 10.1007/s00374-013-0817-3
  • Whelan MJ, Breivik K (2013) Dynamic modelling of aquatic exposure and pelagic food chain transfer of cyclic volatile methyl siloxanes in the Inner Oslofjord. Chemosphere, 93 (5), pp. 794-80410.1016/j.chemosphere.2012.10.051
  • Whelan MJ, Breivik K (2013) Dynamic modelling of aquatic exposure and pelagic food chain transfer of cyclic volatile methyl siloxanes in the Inner Oslofjord. Chemosphere, 93 (5), pp. 794-80410.1016/j.chemosphere.2012.10.051
  • Taalab KP, Corstanje R, Creamer R, Whelan MJ (2013) Modelling soil bulk density at the landscape scale and its contributions to C stock uncertainty. Biogeosciences, 10 (7), pp. 4691-4704 10.5194/bg-10-4691-2013 http://hdl.handle.net/2381/32636
  • Reid BJ, Pickering FL, Freddo A, Whelan MJ, Coulon F (2013) Influence of biochar on isoproturon partitioning and bioaccessibility in soil. Environmental Pollution, 181, pp. 44-5010.1016/j.envpol.2013.05.042
  • Whelan MJ (2013) Evaluating the fate and behaviour of cyclic volatile methyl siloxanes in two contrasting North American lakes using a multi-media model. Chemosphere, 91 (11), pp. 1566-157610.1016/j.chemosphere.2012.12.048
  • Whelan MJ (2013) Evaluating the fate and behaviour of cyclic volatile methyl siloxanes in two contrasting North American lakes using a multi-media model. Chemosphere, 91 (11), pp. 1566-157610.1016/j.chemosphere.2012.12.048
  • Li M, Whelan MJ, Wang GQ, White SM (2013) Phosphorus sorption and buffering mechanisms in suspended sediments from the Yangtze Estuary and Hangzhou Bay, China. Biogeosciences, 10 (5), pp. 3341-3348 10.5194/bg-10-3341-2013
  • Dolan T, Howsam P, Parsons DJ, Whelan MJ (2013) Is the EU drinking water directive standard for pesticides in drinking water consistent with the precautionary principle?. Environ Sci Technol, 47 (10), pp. 4999-5006 10.1021/es304955g
  • Petrie B, McAdam EJ, Whelan MJ, Lester JN, Cartmell E (2013) The determination of nonylphenol and its precursors in a trickling filter wastewater treatment process. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 405 (10), pp. 3243-3253 10.1007/s00216-013-6765-9
  • Petrie B, McAdam EJ, Whelan MJ, Lester JN, Cartmell E (2013) The determination of nonylphenol and its precursors in a trickling filter wastewater treatment process. Anal Bioanal Chem, 405 (10), pp. 3243-3253 10.1007/s00216-013-6765-9
  • Howden NJK, Burt TP, Worrall F, Mathias SA, Whelan MJ (2013) Farming for Water Quality: Balancing Food Security and Nitrate Pollution in UK River Basins. ANNALS OF THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN GEOGRAPHERS, 103 (2), pp. 397-407 10.1080/00045608.2013.754672
  • Tediosi A, Whelan MJ, Rushton KR, Gandolfi C (2013) Predicting rapid herbicide leaching to surface waters from an artificially drained headwater catchment using a one dimensional two-domain model coupled with a simple groundwater model. J Contam Hydrol, 145, pp. 67-81 10.1016/j.jconhyd.2012.12.003
  • Massey PA, Creamer RE, Schulte RPO, Ritz K, Whelan MJ (2013) The effects of earthworms, botanical diversity and fertiliser type on the vertical distribution of soil nutrients and plant nutrient acquisition - A mesocosm study. Biology and Fertility of Soils, pp. 1-13 10.1007/s00374-013-0817-3
  • Li M, Zhang J, Wang G, Yang H, Whelan MJ, White SM (2013) Organic phosphorus fractionation in wetland soil profiles by chemical extraction and phosphorus-31 nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Applied Geochemistry, 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2013.02.014
  • Tediosi A, Whelan MJ, Rushton KR, Thompson TR, Gandolfi C, Pullan SP (2012) Measurement and conceptual modelling of herbicide transport to field drains in a heavy clay soil with implications for catchment-scale water quality management. Sci Total Environ, 438, pp. 103-112 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2012.08.042
  • Worrall F, Davies H, Burt T, Howden NJK, Whelan MJ, Bhogal A, Lilly A (2012) The flux of dissolved nitrogen from the UK - Evaluating the role of soils and land use. Science of the Total Environment, 434, pp. 90-100 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2012.01.035
  • Butler E, Whelan MJ, Ritz K, Sakrabani R, van Egmond R (2012) The effect of triclosan on microbial community structure in three soils. Chemosphere, 89 (1), pp. 1-910.1016/j.chemosphere.2012.04.002
  • Butler E, Whelan MJ, Sakrabani R, van Egmond R (2012) Fate of triclosan in field soils receiving sewage sludge. Environ Pollut, 167, pp. 101-109 10.1016/j.envpol.2012.03.036
  • Whelan MJ, Hodges JE, Williams RJ, Keller VD, Price OR, Li M (2012) Estimating surface water concentrations of "down-the-drain" chemicals in China using a global model. Environ Pollut, 165, pp. 233-240 10.1016/j.envpol.2011.10.035
  • Worrall F, Burt TP, Howden NJK, Whelan MJ (2012) The fluvial flux of nitrate from the UK terrestrial biosphere - An estimate of national-scale in-stream nitrate loss using an export coefficient model. Journal of Hydrology, 414-415, pp. 31-39 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2011.09.020
  • Howden NJK, Burt TP, Worrall F, Mathias S, Whelan MJ (2011) Nitrate pollution in intensively farmed regions: What are the prospects for sustaining high-quality groundwater?. Water Resources Research, 47 (11) 10.1029/2011WR010843
  • Butler E, Whelan MJ, Ritz K, Sakrabani R, van Egmond R (2011) Solvent-based washing removes lipophilic contaminant interference with phospholipid fatty acid analysis of soil communities. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 43 (10), pp. 2208-2212 10.1016/j.soilbio.2011.06.010
  • Howden NJK, Burt TP, Mathias SA, Worrall F, Whelan MJ (2011) Modelling long-term diffuse nitrate pollution at the catchment-scale: Data, parameter and epistemic uncertainty. Journal of Hydrology, 403 (3-4), pp. 337-351 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2011.04.012
  • Howden NJK, Burt TP, Worrall F, Whelan MJ (2011) Monitoring fluvial water chemistry for trend detection: Hydrological variability masks trends in datasets covering fewer than 12 years. Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 13 (3), pp. 514-521 10.1039/c0em00722f
  • Butler E, Whelan MJ, Ritz K, Sakrabani R, van Egmond R (2011) Effects of triclosan on soil microbial respiration. Environ Toxicol Chem, 30 (2), pp. 360-366 10.1002/etc.405
  • Burt TP, Howden NJK, Worrall F, Whelan MJ, Bieroza M (2011) Nitrate in United Kingdom rivers: Policy and its outcomes since 1970. Environmental Science and Technology, 45 (1), pp. 175-18110.1021/es101395s
  • Coulon F, Whelan MJ, Paton GI, Semple KT, Villa R, Pollard SJ (2010) Multimedia fate of petroleum hydrocarbons in the soil: oil matrix of constructed biopiles. Chemosphere, 81 (11), pp. 1454-146210.1016/j.chemosphere.2010.08.057
  • Whelan MJ, Everitt T, Villa R (2010) A mass transfer model of ammonia volatilization from anaerobic digestate. Waste Manag, 30 (10), pp. 1808-1812 10.1016/j.wasman.2009.08.012
  • Price OR, Williams RJ, van Egmond R, Wilkinson MJ, Whelan MJ (2010) Predicting accurate and ecologically relevant regional scale concentrations of triclosan in rivers for use in higher-tier aquatic risk assessments. Environ Int, 36 (6), pp. 521-526 10.1016/j.envint.2010.04.003
  • Howden NJK, Burt TP, Worrall F, Whelan MJ, Bieroza M (2010) Nitrate concentrations and fluxes in the River Thames over 140 years (1868-2008): Are increases irreversible?. Hydrological Processes, 24 (18), pp. 2657-2662 10.1002/hyp.7835
  • Whelan MJ, van Egmond R, Gore D, Sanders D (2010) Dynamic multi-phase partitioning of decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5) in river water. Water Res, 44 (12), pp. 3679-368610.1016/j.watres.2010.04.029
  • Holman IP, Howden NJ, Bellamy P, Willby N, Whelan MJ, Rivas-Casado M (2010) An assessment of the risk to surface water ecosystems of groundwater P in the UK and Ireland. Sci Total Environ, 408 (8), pp. 1847-1857 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2009.11.026
  • Burt TP, Howden NJK, Worrall F, Whelan MJ (2010) Long-term monitoring of river water nitrate: How much data do we need?. Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 12 (1), pp. 71-79 10.1039/b913003a
  • Burt TP, Howden NJK, Worrall F, Whelan MJ (2010) Long-term monitoring of river water nitrate: how much data do we need?. JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING, 12 (1), pp. 71-7910.1039/013003a
  • Whelan MJ, white S, howden N (2010) River Catchment Contributions to the Coastal Zone. In: Green DR (Eds.) Coastal Zone Management ISBN10: 0727735160 ISBN13: 9780727735164
  • Boethling R, Fenner K, Howard P, Klečka G, Madsen T, Snape JR, Whelan MJ (2009) Environmental persistence of organic pollutants: Guidance for development and review of POP risk profiles. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, 5 (4), pp. 539-556 10.1897/IEAM_2008-090.1
  • Price OR, Munday DK, Whelan MJ, Holt MS, Fox KK, Morris G, Young AR (2009) Data requirements of GREAT-ER: modelling and validation using LAS in four UK catchments. Environ Pollut, 157 (10), pp. 2610-2616 10.1016/j.envpol.2009.05.010
  • Worrall F, Burt TP, Howden NJK, Whelan MJ (2009) Fluvial flux of nitrogen from Great Britain 1974-2005 in the context of the terrestrial nitrogen budget of Great Britain. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 23 (3) 10.1029/2008GB003351
  • Gordon AK, Muller WJ, Gysman N, Marshall SJ, Sparham CJ, O'Connor SM, Whelan MJ (2009) Effect of laundry activities on in-stream concentrations of linear alkylbenzene sulfonate in a small rural South African river. Sci Total Environ, 407 (15), pp. 4465-4471 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2009.04.023
  • Finnegan CJ, van Egmond RA, Price OR, Whelan MJ (2009) Continuous-flow laboratory simulation of stream water quality changes downstream of an untreated wastewater discharge. Water Res, 43 (7), pp. 1993-2001 10.1016/j.watres.2009.01.031
  • Whelan MJ, Sanders D, van Egmond R (2009) Effect of Aldrich humic acid on water-atmosphere transfer of decamethylcyclopentasiloxane. Chemosphere, 74 (8), pp. 1111-111610.1016/j.chemosphere.2008.10.037
  • Holman IP, Whelan MJ, Howden NJK, Bellamy PH, Willby NJ, Rivas-Casado M, McConvey P (2008) Phosphorus in groundwater - An overlooked contributor to eutrophication?. Hydrological Processes, 22 (26), pp. 5121-5127 10.1002/hyp.7198
  • Sparham C, Van Egmond R, O'Connor S, Hastie C, Whelan M, Kanda R, Franklin O (2008) Determination of decamethylcyclopentasiloxane in river water and final effluent by headspace gas chromatography/mass spectrometry. J Chromatogr A, 1212 (1-2), pp. 124-129 10.1016/j.chroma.2008.10.014
  • Burt TP, Howden NJK, Worrall F, Whelan MJ (2008) Importance of long-term monitoring for detecting environmental change: Lessons from a lowland river in south east England. Biogeosciences, 5 (6), pp. 1529-1535
  • Capdevielle M, Van Egmond R, Whelan M, Versteeg D, Hofmann-Kamensky M, Inauen J, Cunningham V, Woltering D (2008) Consideration of exposure and species sensitivity of triclosan in the freshwater environment. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, 4 (1), pp. 15-23 10.1897/IEAM_2007-022.1
  • Whelan MJ, Van Egmond R, Guymer I, Lacoursière JO, Vought LM, Finnegan C, Fox KK, Sparham C, O'Connor S, Vaughan M, Pearson JM (2007) The behaviour of linear alkyl benzene sulphonate under direct discharge conditions in Vientiane, Lao PDR. Water Res, 41 (20), pp. 4730-4740 10.1016/j.watres.2007.06.059
  • Warren C, Mackay D, Whelan M, Fox K (2007) Mass balance modelling of contaminants in river basins: Application of the flexible matrix approach. Chemosphere, 68 (7), pp. 1232-124410.1016/j.chemosphere.2007.01.084
  • Keller VDJ, Rees HG, Fox KK, Whelan MJ (2007) A new generic approach for estimating the concentrations of down-the-drain chemicals at catchment and national scale.Environmental Pollution, 148 (1), pp. 334-342 10.1016/j.envpol.2006.10.048
  • Whelan MJ, Davenport EJ, Smith BG (2007) A globally applicable location-specific screening model for assessing the relative risk of pesticide leaching. Sci Total Environ, 377 (2-3), pp. 192-20610.1016/j.scitotenv.2007.02.029
  • Kannan N, White SM, Worrall F, Whelan MJ (2007) Hydrological modelling of a small catchment using SWAT-2000 - Ensuring correct flow partitioning for contaminant modelling. Journal of Hydrology, 334 (1-2), pp. 64-72 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2006.09.030
  • Kannan N, White SM, Worrall F, Whelan MJ (2007) Sensitivity analysis and identification of the best evapotranspiration and runoff options for hydrological modelling in SWAT-2000. Journal of Hydrology, 332 (3-4), pp. 456-466 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2006.08.001
  • Kannan N, White SM, Whelan MJ (2007) Predicting diffuse-source transfers of surfactants to surface waters using SWAT. Chemosphere, 66 (7), pp. 1336-134510.1016/j.chemosphere.2006.07.005
  • Facchi A, Gandolfi C, Whelan MJ (2007) A comparison of river water quality sampling methodologies under highly variable load conditions. Chemosphere, 66 (4), pp. 746-75610.1016/j.chemosphere.2006.07.050
  • Keller VDJ, Whelan MJ, Gwyn Rees H (2006) A global assessment of chemical effluent dilution capacities from a macro-scale hydrological model. IAHS-AISH Publication, (308), pp. 586-590
  • Kannan N, White SM, Worrall F, Whelan MJ (2006) Pesticide modelling for a small catchment using SWAT-2000. Journal of Environmental Science and Health - Part B Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Wastes, 41 (7), pp. 1049-1070 10.1080/03601230600850804
  • Koormann F, Rominger J, Schowanek D, Wagner JO, Schröder R, Wind T, Silvani M, Whelan MJ (2006) Modeling the fate of down-the-drain chemicals in rivers: An improved software for GREAT-ER.Environmental Modelling and Software, 21 (7), pp. 925-936 10.1016/j.envsoft.2005.04.009
  • Warren C, Mackay D, Whelan M, Fox K (2005) Mass balance modelling of contaminants in river basins: A flexible matrix approach. Chemosphere, 61 (10), pp. 1458-146710.1016/j.chemosphere.2005.04.118
  • Murdoch EG, Whelan MJ, Grieve IC (2005) Incorporating uncertainty into predictions of diffuse-source phosphorus transfers (using readily available data). Water Sci Technol, 51 (3-4), pp. 339-346
  • Whelan MJ, Estrada E, van Egmond R (2004) A modelling assessment of the atmospheric fate of volatile methyl siloxanes and their reaction products. Chemosphere, 57 (10), pp. 1427-143710.1016/j.chemosphere.2004.08.100
  • Whelan MJ, Gandolfi C (2002) Modelling of spatial controls on denitrification at the landscape scale. Hydrological Processes, 16 (7), pp. 1437-1450 10.1002/hyp.354
  • Whelan MJ, Hope EG, Fox K (2002) Stochastic modelling of phosphorus transfers from agricultural land to aquatic ecosystems. Water Sci Technol, 45 (9), pp. 167-175
  • Gandolfi C, Facchi A, Whelan MJ (2001) On the relative role of hydrodynamic dispersion for river water quality. Water Resources Research, 37 (9), pp. 2365-237510.1029/2001WR000249
  • Gandolfi C, Bischetti GB, Whelan MJ (1999) A simple triangular approximation of the area function for the calculation of network hydrological response. HYDROLOGICAL PROCESSES, 13 (17), pp. 2639-2653 10.1002/(SICI)1099-1085(19991215)13:17<2639::AID-HYP839>3.0.CO;2-5
  • Whelan MJ, Gandolfi C, Bischetti GB (1999) A simple stochastic model of point source solute transport in rivers based on gauging station data with implications for sampling requirements. WATER RESEARCH, 33 (14), pp. 3171-3181 10.1016/S0043-1354(99)00026-3
  • Whelan MJ, Sanger LJ, Baker M, Anderson JM (1998) Spatial patterns of throughfall and mineral ion deposition in a lowland Norway spruce (Picea abies) plantation at the plot scale. Atmospheric Environment, 32 (20), pp. 3493-3501 10.1016/S1352-2310(98)00054-5
  • Sanger LJ, Cox P, Splatt P, Whelan M, Anderson JM (1998) Variability in the quality and potential decomposability of Pinus sylvestris litter from sites with different soil characteristics: Acid detergent fibre (ADF) and carbohydrate signatures. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 30 (4), pp. 455-461 10.1016/S0038-0717(97)00193-4
  • Bischetti GB, Gandolfi C, Whelan MJ (1998) The definition of stream channel head location using digital elevation data. HYDROLOGY, WATER RESOURCES AND ECOLOGY IN HEADWATERS, (248), pp. 545-552 ISBN10: 1-901502-45-7
  • Sanger LJ, Cox P, Splatt P, Whelan MJ, Anderson JM (1997) The characterization of a lignin-derived organic matter fraction in soils developed under different vegetation types. Journal of Applied Ecology, 34 (1), pp. 14-20
  • Whelan MJ, Anderson JM (1996) Modelling spatial patterns of throughfall and interception loss in a Norway spruce (Picea abies) plantation at the plot scale. Journal of Hydrology, 186 (1-4), pp. 335-35410.1016/S0022-1694(96)03020-X
  • Sanger LJ, Cox P, Splatt P, Whelan MJ, Anderson JM (1996) Variability in the quality of Pinus sylvestris needles and litter from sites with different soil characteristics: Lignin and phenylpropanoid signature. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 28 (7), pp. 829-835 10.1016/0038-0717(96)00056-9
  • Whelan MJ, Kirkby MJ, Burt TP (1995) Predicting Nitrate Concentrations in Small Catchment Streams. In: Trudgill ST (Eds.) Solute modelling in catchment systemsISBN10: 0471957178 ISBN13: 9780471957171

Research

My research has three main themes:

  1. Mathematical modelling of environmental systems with an emphasis on developing conceptually simple approaches which capture the essential features of system behaviour and which are useful for informing operational and strategic decision making;
  2. The environmental risk assessment of chemicals with particular interest in understanding the fate of pesticides and chemicals emitted to surface waters via the “down-the-drain” pathway;
  3. Nutrient cycling in soil and water with particular interest in nitrogen and phosphorus transfers from agricultural land to ground and surface waters.

I have over 20 years’ post-graduate experience in environmental science which has focused, in recent years, on the environmental fate and transport of synthetic organic compounds.  I have worked extensively on the construction and application of numerical models of chemical fate in different environmental compartments and I have conducted monitoring work on surfactants and pesticides in the UK, Italy and southeast Asia.

I joined the University of Leicester in December 2012, after working for five years at Cranfield University and five years in environmental modelling and risk assessment of chemicals for Unilever – a large multi-national consumer goods company.  Before joining Unilever, I worked in various university departments including 3 years at the Institute of Agricultural Hydraulics in Milan and 3 years as a lecturer in hydrology at the University of Stirling.

I have a BSc in Geography and a PhD in Applied Hydrology from the University of Leeds.

Supervision

Mathematical modelling, Water pollution by diffuse and point sources, Synthetic organic pollutantsm, Environmental risk assessment, Fate and transport, Hydrological processes, Nitrous oxide emissions, Land use change, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Catchment biogeochemistry, Dissolved organic carbon, Tropical peat

I am interested in supervising students on the following topics:

  • Any aspect of modelling water and material transfers in catchments
  • Water pollution by diffuse and point sources
  • Fate and transport of synthetic organic pollutants
  • Environmental risk assessment of organic contaminants
  • Mathematical modelling of nitrogen and phosphorus dynamics in soil and water
  • Nitrous oxide emissions from upland pastures
  • Long-term effects of land use change and agricultural practices in nutrient transfers from land to water

Enquiries: If you are interested in studying for a PhD in one of these research areas, please make informal enquiries via pgrgeog@le.ac.uk.

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