Chris is an ecotoxicologist interested in interdisciplinary research to identify potential chemical hazards and to mitigate their risk. He worked with Brunel University assessing the efficacy of wastewater treatment technologies and studied the impacts of endocrine disrupting chemicals on sexual development in fish during his PhD. During his post-doc he provided scientific advisory on plastic pollution for the documentary film A Plastic Ocean and collaborating with a social scientist to better understand public perceptions of this environmental issue and how the risks it poses are communicated by the media. He also ran public engagement events and collaborated with citizen scientists of the eXXpedition Round Britain trip and studied microplastics in mussels from UK supermarkets with the University of Hull. He is now part of Defra’s International Chemicals Team where he provides scientific input on chemical issues, including those relating to chemicals in products and microplastics. He also engages with OECD on chemicals in products and implications for the circular economy, the Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials and the Test Guidelines Programme for the development of ecotoxicity tests for chemical hazard assessment.
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