Richard Douglas


  • Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

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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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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


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