Dr Ian Oliver

Title: Lecturer in Environmental Science
Phone: +44 (0) 1782 734956
Email: i.oliver@keele.ac.uk
Location: William Smith : WS 1.11A
Role: Examinations Officer for Environmental Science and Sustainability programmes
Contacting me: Knock, email or telephone
Ian Oliver

Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry. 2004. School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Adelaide, Australia. Thesis: Copper Bioavailability in Biosolids
  • Honours Degree (Research) in Environmental Management (first class). 1999. Department of Soil & Water, University of Adelaide, Australia. Thesis: Potential phosphorus release from water treatment residuals under anaerobic conditions
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Natural Resource Management). 1997. University of Adelaide, Australia. Subject majors: Environmental Chemistry, Soil Science, Environmental Management

Work history

  • Lecturer in Environmental Science, Keele University. January 2013
  • Senior Specialist Scientist (Environmental Chemistry), Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), 2008-2012.
  • Postdoctoral research assistant (PDRA), Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC)/University of Edinburgh: 2005-2008
  • Research Officer (Terrestrial Ecotoxicology), Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO – Australia) and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL – Belgium): 2002

My research mainly focuses on the biogeochemical cycling of contaminants and nutrients in the environment and on the processes and factors that control this. Understanding soil contamination and how it impacts terrestrial ecology and wider soil functions is of particular interest, as is examining new soil remediation strategies. Water quality and how it is impacted by land management and chemical releases is also a major area of interest.

Biogeochemical cycling (including assimilation into plants, earthworms, fish and the wider food web) of metals, phosphorus, depleted uranium and persistent organic pollutants have all been the focus of my research and I continue to conduct projects examining a wide variety of contaminants and nutrients and their behavior in the environment.

My wider academic activities include:

  • Terrestrial ecotoxicology editor for the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
  • Membership of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) peer review college
  • Regular member of NERC grant moderating panels
  • Fellow of the British Society of Soil Science (BSSS)
  • Member of the Society of Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry (SETAC)

Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA)

 

farm soil discussion mine drainage
Farm soil discussion Mine drainage

Selected Publications

  • Robinson ZP, Cage AG, Szkornik K, Haffenden A, Oliver I, Stimpson I, Stott K, Ullah S, Waller RI. 2016. The Rise and Fall of a Collaboration: Reflections on the benefits, challenges and lessons learned from an joint England-China teaching initiative. The Journal of Academic Development and Education, 32-56. link>
  • Oliver IW, Macgregor K, Godfrey JD, Harris L, Duguid A. 2015. Lipid increases in European eel (Anguilla anguilla) in Scotland 1986-2008: an assessment of physical parameters and the influence of organic pollutants. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, vol. 22(10), 7519-7528. link> doi>
  • Szkornik K, Cage AG, Oliver I, Robinson ZP, Stimpson I, Stott KJ, Ullah S, Waller RI. 2015. Preparing international students for the diversity of assessment in UK High Education. PedRIO, vol. 7(Inclusive Assessment), 30-35. link>
  • Oliver IW, Grant CD, Murray RS. 2015. Assessing effects of aerobic and anaerobic conditions on phosphorus sorption and retention capacity of water treatment residuals (vol 92, pg 960, 2011). JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, vol. 153, 152. link> doi>
  • Vinogradoff SI and Oliver IW. 2015. Should a water colour parameter be included in lake total phosphorus prediction models used for the Water Framework Directive?. Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 147, 81-86. link> doi>

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Journal Articles

  • Robinson ZP, Cage AG, Szkornik K, Haffenden A, Oliver I, Stimpson I, Stott K, Ullah S, Waller RI. 2016. The Rise and Fall of a Collaboration: Reflections on the benefits, challenges and lessons learned from an joint England-China teaching initiative. The Journal of Academic Development and Education, 32-56. link>
  • Oliver IW, Macgregor K, Godfrey JD, Harris L, Duguid A. 2015. Lipid increases in European eel (Anguilla anguilla) in Scotland 1986-2008: an assessment of physical parameters and the influence of organic pollutants. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, vol. 22(10), 7519-7528. link> doi>
  • Szkornik K, Cage AG, Oliver I, Robinson ZP, Stimpson I, Stott KJ, Ullah S, Waller RI. 2015. Preparing international students for the diversity of assessment in UK High Education. PedRIO, vol. 7(Inclusive Assessment), 30-35. link>
  • Oliver IW, Grant CD, Murray RS. 2015. Assessing effects of aerobic and anaerobic conditions on phosphorus sorption and retention capacity of water treatment residuals (vol 92, pg 960, 2011). JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, vol. 153, 152. link> doi>
  • Vinogradoff SI and Oliver IW. 2015. Should a water colour parameter be included in lake total phosphorus prediction models used for the Water Framework Directive?. Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 147, 81-86. link> doi>
  • Kosolsaksakul P, Farmer JG, Oliver IW, Graham MC. 2014. Geochemical associations and availability of cadmium (Cd) in a paddy field system, northwestern Thailand. Environmental Pollution, vol. 187, 153-161. link> doi>
  • Stevenson J, Loughlin S, Font A, Fuller G, MacLeod A, Oliver IW, Jackson B, Horwell C, Thordarson T, Dawson I. 2013. UK monitoring and deposition of tephra from the May 2011 eruption of Grímsvötn, Iceland. Journal of Applied Volcanology, vol. 2, 3. doi>
  • Ma Y, Lombi E, McLaughlin MJ, Oliver I, Nolan AL, Oorts K, Smolders E. 2013. Aging of nickel added to soils as predicted by soil pH and time. Chemosphere, vol. 92(8), 962-968. doi>
  • Emelogu ES, Pollard P, Robinson CD, Smedes F, Webster L, Oliver IW, McKenzie C, Seiler TB, Hollert H, Moffat CF. 2013. Investigating the significance of dissolved organic contaminants in aquatic environments: Coupling passive sampling with in vitro bioassays. CHEMOSPHERE, vol. 90(2), 210-219. link> doi>
  • Graham MC, Oliver IW, MacKenzie AB, Ellam RM, Farmer JG. 2011. Mechanisms controlling lateral and vertical porewater migration of depleted uranium (DU) at two UK weapons testing sites. SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT, vol. 409(10), 1854-1866. link> doi>
  • Oliver IW, Grant CD, Murray RS. 2011. Assessing effects of aerobic and anaerobic conditions on phosphorus sorption and retention capacity of water treatment residuals. JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, vol. 92(3), 960-966. link> doi>
  • Macgregor K, Oliver IW, Harris L, Ridgway IM. 2010. Persistent organic pollutants (PCB, DDT, HCH, HCB & BDE) in eels (Anguilla anguilla) in Scotland: Current levels and temporal trends. ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION, vol. 158(7), 2402-2411. link> doi>
  • Oliver IW, Graham MC, Mackenzie AB, Ellam RM, Farmer JG. 2008. Depleted Uranium Mobility Across a Weapons Testing Site: Isotopic Investigation of Porewater, Earthworms, and Soils. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, vol. 42(24), 9158-9164. link> doi>
  • Graham MC, Oliver IW, MacKenzie AB, Ellam RM, Farmer JG. 2008. An integrated colloid fractionation approach applied to the characterisation of porewater uranium-humic interactions at a depleted uranium contaminated site. SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT, vol. 404(1), 207-217. link> doi>
  • Oliver IW, Graham MC, Mackenzie AB, Ellam RM, Farmer JG. 2008. Distribution and partitioning of depleted uranium (DU) in soils at weapons test ranges - investigations combining the BCR extraction scheme and isotopic analysis. Chemosphere, vol. 72(6), 932-939. link> doi>
  • Oliver IW, Graham MC, MacKenzie AB, Ellam RM, Farmer JG. 2007. Assessing depleted uranium (DU) contamination of soil, plants and earthworms at UK weapons testing sites. J Environ Monit, vol. 9(7), 740-748. link> doi>
  • Ma Y, Lombi E, Oliver IW, Nolan AL, McLaughlin MJ. 2006. Long-term aging of copper added to soils. Environ Sci Technol, vol. 40(20), 6310-6317. link> doi>
  • Oliver IW, Ma Y, Lombi E, Nolan AL, McLaughlin MJ. 2006. Stable isotope techniques for assessing labile Cu in soils: development of an L-value procedure, its application, and reconciliation with E values. Environ Sci Technol, vol. 40(10), 3342-3348. link> doi>
  • Oliver I, Merrington, G, McLaughlin, MJ. 2006. Copper Partitioning Among Mineral and Organic Fractions in Biosolids. Environmental Chemistry, vol. 3, 48-52.
  • Oliver IW, Hass A, Merrington G, Fine P, McLaughlin MJ. 2005. Copper availability in seven Israeli soils incubated with and without biosolids. J Environ Qual, vol. 34(2), 508-513. link> doi>
  • Oliver IW, McLaughlin MJ, Merrington G. 2005. Temporal trends of total and potentially available element concentrations in sewage biosolids: a comparison of biosolid surveys conducted 18 years apart. Sci Total Environ, vol. 337(1-3), 139-145. link> doi>
  • Smolders E, Buekers J, Oliver I, McLaughlin MJ. 2004. Soil properties affecting toxicity of zinc to soil microbial properties in laboratory-spiked and field-contaminated soils. Environ Toxicol Chem, vol. 23(11), 2633-2640. link> doi>
  • Smernik RJ, Oliver IW, McLaughlin MJ. 2004. Changes in the nature of sewage sludge organic matter during a twenty-one-month incubation. J Environ Qual, vol. 33(5), 1924-1929. link> doi>
  • Oliver I, Merrington, G, McLaughlin, MJ. 2004. Australian Biosolids: Characterization and Determination of Available Copper. Environmental Chemistry, vol. 1(2), 116-124. doi>
  • Oliver I, Merrington, G, Smernik, RJ, McLaughlin, MJ. 2003. The influence of sewage sludge properties on sludge-borne metal availability. Advances in Environmental Research, vol. 8(1), 21-36. doi>
  • Degryse F, Smolders E, Oliver I, Zhang H. 2003. Relating soil solution Zn concentration to diffusive gradients in thin films measurements in contaminated soils. Environ Sci Technol, vol. 37(17), 3958-3965. link> doi>
  • Smernik RJ, Oliver IW, Merrington G. 2003. Advanced solid-state carbon-13 nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopic studies of sewage sludge organic matter: detection of organic "domains". J Environ Qual, vol. 32(4), 1523-1533. link> doi>
  • Smernik RJ, Oliver IW, Merrington G. 2003. Characterization of sewage sludge organic matter using solid-state carbon-13 nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. J Environ Qual, vol. 32(4), 1516-1522. link> doi>
  • ESC-20032 Environmental Analytical Methods (Module leader)
  • ESC-20063 Environmental Quality Assessment (Module leader – taught in China)
  • ESC-20079 Environment & Sustainability Impact Assessment & Research Planning
  • ESC-30035 Environmental Science Independent Research Dissertation
  • ESC-30045 Contemporary Topics in Environmental Science (Module leader)
  • Environmental Science Residential Field Course (Bordeaux)
  • ESC-40004/5/6 MSc Geoscience Research Projects
  • Oliver IW. The United Kingdom’s Mining Legacy – Environmental Aspects. International Soil Contamination & Remediation workshop (IIES). Guangzhou, China, 1-5 November, 2016.
  • Oliver IW. Environment & Sustainability: Research, Teaching & Implementation. International Institute for Environmental Studies. 1st annual international workshop, Trent University, Canada, 24-26 October 2015.
  • Oliver IW, Kosolsaksakul P, Piskosz M, Farmer, JG, Graham MC. Characterising biochar and assessing its utility for ameliorating metal contaminated soils. 17th International Conference on Heavy Metals in the Environment. Guiyang, China 23-25 September 2014.
  • Oliver IW, Graham MC, MacKenzie AB, Ellam RM and Farmer JG. Colloid mediated migration mechanisms of depleted uranium (DU) in contaminated soils. Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC). 5th World Conference. Sydney Australia, 3-7 August 2008.
  • Oliver IW. Australian Soil Science. Invited presentation to the Australian Society of Soil Science (ASSSI) annual meeting, University of Sydney, August 2008.
  • Oliver IW, Graham MC, MacKenzie AB, Ellam RM and Farmer JG. 238U as a model for studying the mobility of U in surface and groundwater and its transfer into plants. Invited presentation to the International Symposium Protecting Water Bodies from Negative Impacts of Agriculture: Loads and Fate of Fertiliser Derived Uranium. Braunschweig, Germany, 4-6 June 2007.
  • Oliver IW, Graham MC, MacKenzie AB, Ellam RM and Farmer JG. Fate of depleted uranium (DU) in British weapons test zones: Soil associations and biological assimilation. Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) North America 28th Annual Meeting. Milwaukee, USA. 11?15 November, 2007.
  • Oliver IW, MacKenzie AB, Graham MC, Ellam RM and Farmer JG. Determining the extent of depleted uranium contamination in soils at a weapons test site: An isotopic investigation. The 16th Annual V.M. Goldschmidt Conference. Melbourne, Australia, September 2006. Abstract also published in Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Volume 70, Issue 18, Supplement 1, August-September 2006, Page 457.
  • Oliver IW, MacKenzie AB, Graham MC, Ellam RM and Farmer JG. Determining depleted uranium (DU) contamination in soils and salt marsh sediments in the vicinity of DU munitions testing sites in SW Scotland and NW England, UK. The 7th International Symposium on Environmental Geochemistry (ISEG). Beijing, China, September 2006. Also published in the Chinese Journal of Geochemistry, Volume 25, Supplemental, September 2006, Page 96.
  • Oliver IW, Merrington G and McLaughlin MJ. Copper availability in Australian biosolids. The Sixth International Conference on the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements (ICOBTE). Guelph, Ontario, Canada. July-August 2001.

PhD students

  • Mayssa Alhar (2015 - ). Applying analytical chemistry techniques to the characterisation of mine spoils and assessing treatments for minimizing their environmental impacts.
  • Karrar Arab (2015 - ). Chemical, physical and biological characterisation of contamination at a restored coal mine.

MSc Geoscience Research students

  • Dylan Beard  (2016-17). Investigating the effects of water treatment residual addition on element availability and plant yield in fertilised and non-fertilised soils.
  • Anthony Howells  (2016-17). Novel soil amendments and their impacts on earthworms
  • Steven Lewis (2015-16). Iron water treatment residuals for in-situ remediation of soils bearing multi-element contamination.
  • Kenroy Millwood (2014-15). Investigating the effects of biochar sourced from different feedstock biomass on soil C dynamics.