Alistair Bruce Alleyne Boxall

Alistair Bruce Alleyne Boxall


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Professor Boxall is interested in hearing from self-funded students or students who have a scholarship who wish to pursue a PhD on any topic relating to the the detection, effects and risks of emerging chemical contaminants (such as pharmaceuticals, nanomaterials, polymers and degradates) in the natural environment.

Personal profile

Research interests

Alistair Boxall is Professor in Environmental Science in the Environment Department and Director of the NERC-funded ECORISC Centre for Doctoral Training. Alistair’s research focuses on understanding emerging and future ecological and health risks posed by chemical contaminants in the natural environment. Alistair is a past member of the Defra Advisory Committee on Hazardous Substances and past Chair of the Pharmaceutical Advisory Group of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. He regularly advises national and international organisations on issues relating to chemical impacts on the environment and has published extensively on the detection, fate, effects and risks of emerging contaminants (including pharmaceuticals, nanomaterials and transformation products) in the natural environment. Alistair was co-ordinator of the CAPACITIE project, a 3.5M Euro project on pollution monitoring in cities and academic co-ordinator of the 10.3 M Euro iPiE project on intelligent assessment of pharmaceuticals in the environment, he directed the York City Environment Observatory Initiative. He co-leads the Global Pharmaceutical Monitoring Project which is monitoring concentrations of pharmaceuticals in more than 200 river systems covering 102 countries. He received the 2016 Recipharm International Environmental Award for his work on the impacts of chemical contaminants on the environment and was identified as 2018 Highly Cited Researcher in the Agricultural Chemicals sector.

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