University of Aberdeen
Pronouns He/Him/His
Current Position Head of School
Telephone +44 (0)1224 273834
Departments School of Biological Sciences
Quadrat Core Themes Environmental Management
Methods I Use Bio / Geo / Chemical Analytical


Key Research Interests

  • Soil Science
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Applied microbiology
  • Environmental analysis

Recent Key Papers

  • Maderova, L., Paton, G.I. 2013. Deployment of microbial sensors to assess zinc bioavailability and toxicity in soils. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 66 222-228.
  • Li, Q., Csetenyi, L., Paton, G.I., Gadd, G.M. 2015. CaCO3 and SrCO3 bioprecipitation by fungi isolated from calcareous soil. Environmental Microbiology 17, 8, 3082-3097.
  • Zhang, B., Sun, G., Zhu, Y., Paton, G.I. 2016. Quantification of the bioreactive Hg fraction in Chinese soils using luminescence-based biosensors. Environmental Technology and Innovation 5, 1: 267-276.

Summary Title of Current Studentships

  • Characterisation and management of soils in the Seychelles
  • Microbial processing of bioethanol using wastes
  • Fugacity and risk assessment of hydrocarbons in Nigerian oil spills
  • Comparative evaluation of mutagenicity measurements in environmental matrices
  • Risk and hazard assessment of former metalliferous mine sites in the UK
  • Development and performance enhancement of metal responsive microbial biosensors
  • Quantitative risk assessment of hexavalent chromium from tannery processes in Northern Nigeria
  • The role of buffering agents in the ecotoxicology of elemental nano-particles