Current work including administrative and professional duties/roles etc

Mike holds the post of Professor of Environmental Chemistry and is the Head of the UPRC. He also works closely with staff in the Flood Hazard Research Centre (FHRC) through a range of joint projects. He currently has responsibility for a number of externally funded research contracts from the European Union (including 2 EC Framework 6 funded projects, SWITCH and ScorePP), the Environment Agency, and a range of private sponsors including the British Airports Authority. He also teaches on the MSc Environmental Pollution Control course, and supervises MPhil and PhD students.

Links to Current Projects

SWITCH (Sustainable Water management Improves the Cities Health); EU Framework 6
COST 636 (Xenobiotics in the Urban Water Cycle); EU Frameworks 6 and 7
SCOREPP (Source Control Options for Reducing the Emissions of Priority Pollutants); EU Framework 6.
ISSUES (Integrating Sciences to Sustain Urban Ecosystem Services); ESRC, NERC, EPRC

Curriculum/subject area

Environmental pollution

Professional Membership

  • Chartered Chemist (C.Chem)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)
  • Member of the International Association of Water Quality

Selected publications

Mike has published extensively on the topic of urban water pollution and his research output extends to approximately 150 publications, including 72 peer-reviewed journal papers, 58 conference papers, 17 chapters in books and numerous commissioned research reports.

Selected stormwater priority pollutants - a European perspective. 2007. Science of the Total Environment, doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2007.05.028 (with E. Eriksson, A. Baun, L. Scholes, A. Ledin, S Ahlman, K. Noutsopoulos and P.S. Mikkelsen)

A systematic approach for the comparative assessment of stormwater pollutant removal potentials. 2007. Journal of Environmental Management, doi:10.1016/j. jenvman.2007.03.003 (with L Scholes and JB Ellis)

Desorption kinetics of ammonium and methylamines from estuarine sediments: Consequences for the cycling of nitrogen. 2006. Marine Chemistry, 101, 12-26 (with M.F.Fitzsimons, G.E.Millward and M.D.Dawit) (doi:10.1016/j.marchem.2005.12.006)

Comparison of tracer techniques for monitoring sewer losses. 2006. Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 8 (5), 564-571 (with JB Ellis and N Paterakis) (doi:10.1039/b600522e)

Constructed wetlands in UK urban surface drainage systems. 2005. Water Science and Technology, 51(9), 31-37 (with B Shutes, JB Ellis and LNL Scholes)

Effects of early tidal inundation on the cycling of methylamines in inter-tidal sediments. 2005. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 294, 51-61 (with MF Fitzsimons, M Dawit and CS Rocha)

Factors influencing exfiltration processes in sewers. 2005. Water Science and Technology, 51(2), 147-154 (with DJ Blackwood, JB Ellis and DJ Gilmour)

Multicriteria decision approaches to support sustainable drainage options for the treatment of highway and urban runoff. 2004. Science of the Total Environment, 334-335, 251-260 (with JB Ellis, J-C Deutsch, J-M Mouchel and L Scholes)

The performance of vegetative treatment systems for highway runoff during dry and wet weather conditions. 2004. Science of the Total Environment, 334-335, 261-270 (with RBE Shutes, RH Jones, M Forshaw and B Winter)

Low temperature biodegradation of aircraft de-icing fluids. 2003. Water Science and Technology, 48 (9), 103-111, (with P Worrall)


  • Water and air pollution (sources, effects, assessment and control of pollutants)
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Environmental technology
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Water quality control and management

Mike's primary research interests are in the field of environmental pollution, focussing on topics such as:

  • Impact assessment and control of organic and inorganic pollutants (including xenobiotics) in the aquatic environment
  • Transport processes of pollutants from urban surfaces, through the sewer system, and into receiving waters
  • The use of constructed wetlands for the treatment of urban runoff and identification of pollutant removal mechanisms in these systems
  • Sustainable Urban Drainage treatment systems (SUDS), including the assessment of their relative efficiencies for removal of priority stormwater pollutants, and their potential socio-economic and aesthetic benefits
  • Non-structural urban drainage systems and how they can complement the performances of structural treatment systems

Examples of recent research and consulting activities:

  • Two EC Framework 5 funded projects which were concerned with investigating exfiltration/infiltration processes in sewers (APUSS) and sustainable urban water management strategies within Europe (DayWater)
  • The design of a new airport runoff treatment system for Heathrow Airport (in conjunction with TPS Consult)
  • Protection of the water environment using balancing ponds for the Environment Agency (in conjunction with Halcrow Water)
  • Remediation of runoff treatment systems at Anglia International Airpark for the developers (in conjunction with Penny Anderson Associates)