Andy is Professor of Environmental Radioactivity, and Research Director of the University consultancy and research unit GAU-Radioanalytical, in the School of Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Southampton. Having originally studied oceanography, he graduated with a PhD in Geology from Southampton in 1994 and since then has worked at various UK Universities before rejoining Southampton in 2016. He has over 30 years research and teaching experience in the environmental cycling and behaviour of aquatic and terrestrial pollutants (radioactive, metal, organic, and plastic contaminants); environmental radioactivity and radiochemistry; environmental geology; sediment geochemistry; radiometric dating; and contaminated land, wastes and water management (including the development of more sustainable contaminated land clean-up methods).
- Environmental radioactivity and radiochemistry
- Environmental geology
- Contaminated land, wastes and water management
- Sedimentary records of environmental change
- The Anthropocene
External roles and responsibilities
My research and teaching interests cover the broad areas of environmental radioactivity, environmental contamination, environmental geology and applied geochemistry. I work with undergraduate, Masters and PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, and academic and industry partners in the following areas:
- Interaction of radioactive, heavy metal, plastic and organic contaminants with soils, sediments, ice and biota;
- Radiometric dating (210Pb and 137Cs);
- Development of novel techniques for contaminated land and water remediation, leachate/groundwater containment and treatment, effluent and waste treatment and soil engineering and strengthening;
- Contaminated land management strategies (including for radioactively contaminated land, and sustainable remediation strategies);
- Use of Pb, Pu, U and other isotopes as tracers of contaminant sources and environmental processes;
- Sediments as recorders of historical pollutant input and recent environmental change (including from geohazards and extreme events) in peat, lake, coastal/estuarine and shelf sea environments;
- Stratigraphic determination of the Anthropocene.
Former and active projects in these and related areas have been or are funded from a range of RCUK, EU, Charity, DTI and industry and environmental body sources, and involve collaboration with a range of UK and international academic and industry partners.