The environment we live, work and play in faces increasing threats from a rapidly changing climate and anthropogenic pollution.

By evaluating the impact of stressors on ecosystem function and health, we hope to identify solutions for protecting and preserving our environment. We apply our knowledge to identify solutions for the protection and preservation of our environment.

Through interdisciplinary collaboration, we investigate chemical transformations in the environment including:

  • biogeochemical cycling in soil, air and water
  • occurrence of emerging contaminants and their associated toxicological effects
  • pollution impacts on urban and sustainable living.

We use laboratory, field and modelling approaches.

Ultimately we aim to inform strategies for sustainably managing urban, agricultural, marine and peatland ecosystems.

Research snapshot

Listen to Professor Alistair Boxall discuss his research into the level of pharmaceuticals in York's rivers for our Story of Things podcast.


Research degrees

Push the boundaries of knowledge in our supportive and stimulating environment.

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MSc degrees

Tackle complex environmental problems with our MSc in Environmental Science and Management.

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