• Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

  • 87 Citations
  • 5 h-Index

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Personal profile


PhD Freshwater Science, Ulster University, 1997

MSc Applied Environmental Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast, 1994

BSc Biological Sciences, Ulster University, 1993

Research Interests

Richard is a freshwater scientist, interested in the movement and toxicity of contaminants in freshwater systems.  His research has focused on the distribution of heavy metals in lakes and the effect of metals on the aquatic ecosystem.  The risks of heavy metals from long-range transboundary pollution has been recognised as an important factor affecting ecosystems and the human population.  A clear understanding of metal biogeochemical cycles is vital to help implement cuts in global emissions.

Teaching Interests

Richard teaches on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules on the geography and environmental science degree programme.  He is Course Director for the MSc in Environmental Toxicology & Pollution Monitoring.


  • GB Physical geography
  • freshwater
  • resuspension
  • lakes
  • rivers
  • sediments
  • GE Environmental Sciences
  • biogeochemical
  • toxicology
  • metals
  • pesticides

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Research Output

  • 87 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
  • 11 Article
  • 1 Chapter

The Applicability of the Distribution Coefficient, KD, Based on Non-Aggregated Particulate Samples from Lakes with Low Suspended Solids Concentrations

Gormley-Gallagher, A. M., Douglas, R. W. & Rippey, B., 22 Jul 2015, In : PLoS ONE. 10, 7, p. 1-15 e0133069.

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Open Access
  • 5 Citations (Scopus)

    Metal to phosphorus stoichiometries for freshwater phytoplankton in three remote lakes

    Douglas, R., 20 Dec 2016, In : PeerJ. 4

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 5 Downloads (Pure)
    Open Access
  • 8 Citations (Scopus)

    Phosphorus and sediment transfers in a grassland river catchment

    Douglas, R., Menary, W. & Jordan, P., Mar 2007, In : Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems. 77, 3, p. 199-212

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 30 Citations (Scopus)

    A model for lead, zinc, and copper in lakes

    Rippey, B., Rose, CL. & Douglas, RW., Nov 2004, In : Limnology and Oceanography. 49, 6, p. 2256-2264

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  • 5 Citations (Scopus)