Professor Richard Quilliam

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Biological and Environmental Sciences University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Professor Richard Quilliam

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About me

About me

I am Professor of Environment and Health, with research interests in water quality and sanitation, environmental pathogen ecology, sustainable agriculture & agroecology, and sustainable disease & waste management. My work adopts methods and theories from both the natural & social sciences and employs both qualitative & participatory approaches with a significant level of engagement with local communities.

Brief Biography

2019 – Professor

2016-2019. Senior Lecturer (University of Stirling)

2012-2016. Lecturer (University of Stirling)

2007-2012. Post-doctoral Research Associate (Bangor University)

2006 Ph.D, Plant Physiology & Pathology (University of Sheffield)

2002 BSc. Plant biology (Bangor University)

Current projects as Principal Investigator

2021-2025: SPACES: Sustainable Plastic Attitudes to benefit Communities and their Environments (£3.85 million; NERC-GCRF)

2021-2022: Using genomic sequencing to identify and characterise genospecies within the Rhizobium leguminosarum complex linked to increased performance and yield of a legume crop (£57k, BBSRC)

2021-2022: Sustainable waste management and Covid-19: an opportunity to build resilience into the livelihoods of informal waste pickers in South Africa (£30k; SFC-GCRF Covid-19 Urgency call)

2019-2023: Microbial hitchhikers of marine plastics: survival, persistence, and ecology of microbial communities in the ‘Plastisphere’ (£1.85 million, NERC) https://plasticvectors.stir.ac.uk/

For more information see: https://rsquilliam.wordpress.com/

Other Academic Activities

Research group – Environmental Sustainability and Human Health (ESHH) research group
https://eshh-stirling.com/
The ESHH research group at the University of Stirling tackles global issues of sustainability and environmental management by combining methods and theories from the natural and social sciences. Our work is carried out in the context of sustainable agriculture, environmental pollution, and food and water security, and is underpinned by a significant level of engagement with the local community and a wide range of stakeholders.

Research (6)

Research group

Post-doctoral researchers:

Dr. Vanessa Moresco, “Human health implications of microplastic-associated biofilms” Funding: NERC Plastic Vectors Project (WP2)

Dr Michael Ormsby, "“Environmental Microbiology and the Ecology of Plastic Pollution” Funding NERC-GCRF SPACES Project (WP2)

Francesc Ferrando-Molina, “Using genomic sequencing to identify and characterise genospecies within the Rhizobium leguminosarum complex linked to increased performance and yield of a legume crop” Funding: BBSRC Institutional Sponsorship Fund.

PhD students: Principal supervisor

Rebecca Metcalf, “The survival, persistence and ecology of microbial pathogens on the surfaces of environmental plastic pollution” Funding: University of Stirling

Jonathan Fletcher, “Optimising multi-pollutant phytoremediation strategies to sustainably improve raw water quality” (with Nigel Willby & David Oliver, UoS). Funding: Scottish Government HydroNation Scholarship

Francesc Ferrando-Molina, “Developing novel seed treatments for grain legumes: optimising sustainable outcomes in agricultural systems” Funding: Legume Technology, and PGRO

Co-supervisor

Natalie Boyd Williams, “Exploring the energy-food-health nexus in India: the role of human excreta in developing sustainable rural futures” (with Jen Dickie UoS, Ben Campbell, Durham University, Deben Baruah Tezpur University) Funding: NERC IAPETUS DTP Studentship

Craig McDougall, “The role of Scotland’s inland waters in promoting blue-health of rural communities” (with David Oliver, UoS, and Nick Hanley, University of Glasgow) Funding: Scottish Government HydroNation Scholarship

Kathleen Stosch, “Building resilience to respond to future environmental change across Scottish catchments” (with David Oliver & Nils Bunnefeld, UoS). Funding: Scottish Government HydroNation Scholarship

Sydney Byrns, “Co-developing strategies to promote inclusive water governance in Malawi” (with Heather Price). Funding: Scottish Government HydroNation Scholarship

Emmanuel Afolabi, “Quantifying the risk of wildlife contributions to diffuse microbial pollution in agricultural catchments” (with David Oliver, UoS). Funding: Petroleum Technology Development Fund, Nigeria

Heather Anderson, “Water journeys: accessing safe drinking water in Tanzania” (with Heather Price). Funding: Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (ESRC)

Chisha Chongo Mzyece, Monitoring and modelling for early warning of microbial pollution events (with David Oliver, Ian Jones, & Miriam Glendell [James Hutton Institute]) Funding: Commonwealth Scholarship

David Bryan, Integrated management of Scotland’s agricultural wetlands to deliver multiple benefits and minimise pollution swapping (with David Oliver and Jens-Arne Subke) Funding: Scottish Government HydroNation Scholarship

Research technician: Hannah White, “Microplastics and pathogens” Funding: NERC SPACES Project

For more information: http://rsquilliam.wordpress.com/research 

Projects

Sustainable Plastic Attitudes to benefit Communities and their EnvironmentS
PI: Professor Richard Quilliam
Funded by: Natural Environment Research Council

Sources, impacts and solutions for plastics in South East Asia coastal environments
PI: Dr Sabine Matallana-Surget
Funded by: Natural Environment Research Council

Microbial hitch-hikers of marine plastics: survival, persistence and ecology of microbial communities in the 'Plastisphere'.
PI: Professor Richard Quilliam
Funded by: Natural Environment Research Council

Visualising Pathogen & Environmental Risk: transition to a user-ready toolkit (ViPER II)
PI: Dr David Oliver
Funded by: Natural Environment Research Council

Pathogen Risks in Agricultural Catchments: Towards International Collaboration And Learning in Modelling (PRACTICAL Modelling)
PI: Dr David Oliver
Funded by: Natural Environment Research Council

Recycling Biomass to Agricultural LANd: Capitalizing on Eutrophication
PI: Dr David Oliver
Funded by: Natural Environment Research Council

Outputs (80)

Outputs

Article

Metcalf R, White HL, Moresco V, Ormsby MJ, Oliver DM & Quilliam RS (2022) Sewage-associated plastic waste washed up on beaches can act as a reservoir for faecal bacteria, potential human pathogens, and genes for antimicrobial resistance. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 180, Art. No.: 113766. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2022.113766

Article

Maluk M, Ferrando-Molina F, Lopez del Egido L, Langarica-Fuentes A, Gebre Yohannes G, Young MW, Martin P, Gantlett R, Kenicer G, Hawes C, Begg GS, Quilliam RS, Squire GR, Young JPW, Iannetta PPM & James EK (2022) Fields with no recent legume cultivation have sufficient nitrogen-fixing rhizobia for crops of faba bean (Vicia faba L.). Plant and Soil, 472 (1-2), pp. 345-368. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11104-021-05246-8

Article

Afolabi EO, Quilliam RS & Oliver DM (2020) Impact of Freeze-Thaw Cycles on Die-Off of E. coli and Intestinal Enterococci in Deer and Dairy Faeces: Implications for Landscape Contamination of Watercourses. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17 (19), p. 6999. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17196999

Article

Hill PW, Broughton R, Bougoure J, Havelange W, Newsham KK, Grant H, Murphy DV, Clode P, Ramayah S, Marsden KA, Quilliam RS, Roberts P, Brown C, Read DJ & Deluca TH (2019) Angiosperm symbioses with non-mycorrhizal fungal partners enhance N acquisition from ancient organic matter in a warming maritime Antarctic. Ecology Letters, 22 (12), pp. 2111-2119. https://doi.org/10.1111/ele.13399

Book Chapter

Fletcher J, Willby NJ, Oliver DM & Quilliam RS (2019) Phytoremediation using Aquatic Plants. In: Shmaefsky B (ed.) Phytoremediation – In-Situ Applications. Concepts and Strategies in Plant Sciences. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030000981

Article

Buckerfield SJ, Waldron S, Quilliam RS, Naylor LA, Li S & Oliver DM (2019) How can we improve understanding of faecal indicator dynamics in karst systems under changing climatic, population, and land use stressors? - Research opportunities in SW China. The Science of the Total Environment, 646, pp. 438-447. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.07.292

Book Chapter

Sizmur T, Quilliam R, Puga AP, Moreno-Jiminez E, Beesley L & Gomez-Eyles JL (2016) Application of Biochar for Soil Remediation. In: Guo M, He Z & Uchimiya S (eds.) Agricultural and Environmental Applications of Biochar: Advances and Barriers. SSSA Special Publication, 63. Madison, WI, USA: Soil Science Society of America, Inc. pp. 295-324. https://dl.sciencesocieties.org/publications/books/abstracts/sssaspecialpubl/sssaspecpub63/sssaspecpub63.2014.0046.5

Article

Oliver D, Hanley N, Van Niekerk M, Kay D, Heathwaite L, Rabinovici S, Kinzelman J, Fleming L, Porter J, Shaikh S, Fish R, Chilton S, Hewitt J, Connolly E & Quilliam R (2016) Molecular tools for bathing water assessment in Europe: balancing social science research with a rapidly developing environmental science evidence-base. AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment, 45 (1), pp. 52-62. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-015-0698-9

Article

Oliver D, Porter K, Pachepsky YA, Muirhead RW, Reaney SM, Coffey R, Kay D, Milledge DG, Hong E, Anthony SG, Page T, Bloodworth JW, Mellander P, Carbonneau PE, McGrane SJ & Quilliam R (2016) Predicting microbial water quality with models: Over-arching questions for managing risk in agricultural catchments. Science of the Total Environment, 544, pp. 39-47. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.11.086

Article

Oliver D, Van Niekerk M, Kay D, Heathwaite AL, Porter J, Fleming LE, Kinzelman J, Connolly E, Cummins A, McPhail C, Rahman A, Thairs T, de Roda Husman AM, Hanley N, Dunhill I & Quilliam R (2014) Opportunities and limitations of molecular methods for quantifying microbial compliance parameters in EU bathing waters. Environment International, 64, pp. 124-128. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2013.12.016

Article

Quilliam R, Cross P, Williams AP, Edwards-Jones G, Salmon RL, Rigby D, Chalmers RM, Thomas DR & Jones DL (2013) Subclinical infection and asymptomatic carriage of gastrointestinal zoonoses: Occupational exposure, environmental pathways, and the anonymous spread of disease. Epidemiology and Infection, 141 (10), pp. 2011-2021. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0950268813001131

Article

Gertler C, Nather DJ, Cappello S, Gerdts G, Quilliam R, Yakimov MM & Golyshin PN (2012) Composition and dynamics of biostimulated indigenous oil-degrading microbial consortia from the Irish, North and Mediterranean Seas: a mesocosm study. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 81 (3), pp. 520-536. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1574-6941.2012.01377.x

Article

Quilliam R, Williams AP, Avery LM, Malham SK & Jones DL (2011) Unearthing human pathogens at the agricultural-environment interface: A review of current methods for the detection of Escherichia coli O157 in freshwater ecosystems. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 140 (3-4), pp. 354-360. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2011.01.019

Book Chapter

Quilliam R, Hodge A & Jones DL (2009) Spatial and temporal dynamics of the extraradical phase of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. In: Andrews M & Andrews M (eds.) Positive plant microbial interactions in relation to plant performance and ecosystem. Aspects of Applied Biology. Wellesbourne: Association of Applied Biologists. http://www.aab.org.uk/contentok.php?id=392