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Professor in Environmental Chemistry, Lancaster University

Crispin is an environmental chemist who has a deep interest in how synthetic organic chemicals behave in the environment. He is particularly interested in assessing and reducing the risks posed by some of these chemicals to both the wider environment and to human health.
He researches the fate of industrial chemicals, pesticides and pharmaceuticals and those factors that affect their longevity in the environment, including in remote regions like the Arctic!

Crispin has published over 70 peer-reviewed papers on chemical pollutants and their fate. One of his papers, published in 2010, has received over 110 citations and details the environmental fate of endosulfan, an organochlorine pesticide that has subsequently been incorporated into the UNEP Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

Funding organisations include:
Arctic pollution research: The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), EU’s 7th Framework Programme - ArcRisk project
Pesticide photodegradation: Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), The British Council
Pharmaceuticals in aquatic systems and analytical instrumentation: Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), United Utilities and other private sector organisations
Current research projects include:
Accumulation of ‘emerging’ chemical contaminants in the snowpack;
Analytical determination of antibiotics in aquatic systems and novel degradation/removal processes;
Pesticide photo-degradation on crop surfaces;
Improving the chemical risk assessment process for policymakers


  • –present
    Reader, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University