Dr Michelle Bloor
- Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science and Risk (School of Interdisciplinary Studies)
Michelle is the President of SETAC Europe (the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry), SETAC World Council Member and President of SETAC UK Branch. She is a Sherpa to the European Commission’s High-Level Round Table for the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, to support SETAC Europe’s Representative and EFSA Sounding Board member to advise SETAC’s EFSA Stakeholder Bureau Representative. She is a Senior Editor of the Sustainable Environmental journal and on the editorial board on numerous other journals. Michelle is a Science Media Centre toxicology expert who is and media-trained by the BBC, and a toxicology expert for the European Commission ‘Support to the Coordination of and Synergies between the Green Deal Call Projects’ led by Ecorys, alongside consortium partners Ricardo, PPMI, and N-able.
She has two 1st Class Honours degrees: BEd (Hons) Science in the Environment (University of Oxford) and BSc (Hons) Environmental Science (Manchester Metropolitan University), and a PhD in Environmental Engineering (University of Southampton). Her leadership and management qualifications include: Prince2 project management, Aurora, Advance HE’s leadership initiative and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Michelle has previously worked for: Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), Scottish Government, University of Portsmouth, Fisheries Research Service (an Agency of the Scottish Government) and the University of Southampton.
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- Aquatic and soil ecotoxicology
- Pollution control and mitigation
- Chemical policy
- Science communication
- Science policy interface
- Stakeholder engagement and analysis
Michelle welcome enquiries about supervision relating to her research interests.
She has received ~£6 million in competitive research funding for projects in her areas of expertise.
Current funded projects include:
2021-ongoing, POWAN: Pollution at the water-agriculture nexus in southern Scotland.
Agriculture sustains and defines our modern lives, but often disrupts natural ecosystems. This is especially true for plant communities, animal populations, soil systems, and water resources. Understanding, evaluating, and balancing detrimental and beneficial agricultural disturbances of soil and water resources are essential tasks in human efforts to sustain and improve human well-being. Such knowledge influences our emerging ethics of sustainability and responsibility to human populations and ecosystems of the future. This project aims to advance understanding of diffuse and point sources of water pollution, from agricultural practices, with specific focus on pharmaceuticals (antibiotics), nitrogen, and phosphorus, in a Southern Scotland context.
2019-ongoing, MIND the gap: Filling the gap for science-based policymaking in integrated environmental assessment and management.
Chemicals are essential for the well-being, high living standards and comfort of modern society. They are used in many sectors, including health, energy, mobility and housing. However, most chemicals have hazardous properties which can harm the environment and human health. This project aims to explore the European Commission's Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, which was published in 2020, and to fill the gaps for science-based policymaking.
A selection of previous projects include, but not limited to:
2019-2021, Development of a novel analytical testing strategy for phenethyl isothiocyanate (PEICT).
2019-2021, Development of hybrid 'green' technology to remove antibiotics from wastewaters.
2017-2020, Salinisation and salinity management: the impact on Asian Delta coastal areas.
2016 - 2019, Fate and effect of pharmaceuticals and personal care products on freshwater.
2012 - 2015, Investigation into the toxicological implications of seven commonly dispensed pharmaceuticals in Nigeria on freshwater environments.
2010-2015, Economics of waste management in Sri Lanka.
2007-2008, Identification of the main types of environmental bottleneck for fish populations in heavily impacted agricultural catchments.
2005-2007, The influence of invertebrate drift on fish productivity and growth.
2004-2008, SUE Waste Project 3 (GR/S79626/01).
2004-2008, CROPGEN (EU FP6-SUSTDEV).
2001-2004, Impact of landfill leachate, from non-engineered chemical landfill site, on the far field aquatic environment, development of a pollution control, mitigation and remediation package.
Michelle has supervised 7 PhD students and 100+ Masters projects. She has also acted as an External examiner for 5 PhDs and 2 MPhils.
Current PhD projects include:
- MA, Tao
Green Space and Social Wellbeing: identifying how green space perceived, its quality characteristics and value to communities in Scotland (2022-2025).
- MORDI, Ijeoma Jessie
Crude oil pollution-induced shift in microbial community structure and function (2022-2025).