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Dr Crispin Halsall CChem MRSC


Crispin Halsall

LEC Building

Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4YQ

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 594330


Research overview

My research investigates the environmental behaviour of organic chemical contaminants, including pesticides, industrial chemicals and pharmaceuticals. I am particularly interested in how compounds undergo long-range transport to remote environments like the Arctic and their subsequent accumulation in snow and ice. Chemical fate and behaviour under climate change, notably in a warmer Arctic, is an important area of my research. My work also extends to understanding chemical behaviour in aquatic and agricultural systems, notably chemical fate in plastic-protected environments.

Research Interests

My research is part of the Centre for Chemicals Management (CCM) and further details about the centre and research activities can be viewed here: 


 My research group currently comprises of the following staff/PhD students:

Dr Justina Ukpebor: Pesticide transfromation and fate in aquatic and agricultural environments.

Garry Codling: Geochemical fate of persistent organic pollutants in snow and ice.

Olivier Bertrand: The fate of novel perfluorinated and brominated chemicals in the terrestrial and marine cryosphere of the Arctic.

Gulchohra Aliyeva: Assessment of organochlorine pesticides and PCBs in the soil and air of Azerbaijan.

Victoria Booker: The occurrence and fate of anti-cancer drugs in waste water treamtent plants and river water.

Elizabeth Hill: Photochemical degradation of currently used pesticides in protected-environment crop systems.

Becky Strong: The effect of organic contaminants on frogs: low-dose toxicity in contrasting aquatic systems. 

Funding for this research comes from a variety of sources. The Arctic pollution work, for example, is funded through the NERC and the EU FP7 programme 'ArcRisk'. In addition, funds from the BBSRC, The British Council, UNEP, AMAP and a number of commercial sources (including United Utilties and Worldwide Fruit) have helped the projects listed above.

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