Queen's University, Belfast

Current Position Senior Lecturer
Telephone +44 (0) 2890974746
Email r.doherty@qub.ac.uk
Departments School of Natural and Built Environment
Quadrat Core Themes Earth Systems, Environmental Management
Methods I Use Bio / Geo / Chemical Analytical, Modelling, Omics and Informatics


Key Research Interests

  • Geogenic and Anthropogenic sources of Potentially Toxic Elements
  • Circular Economy / Zero Waste
  • Land Remediation Design and Technology (Brownfield & Peatlands)
  • Biogeophysics, Bioelectrochemical Systems, Biogeochemistry
  • Environmental Forensics

Recent Key Papers

  • McAnallen, L., Doherty, R., Donohue, S., Kirmizakis, P., & Mendonça, C. (2018). Combined use of geophysical and geochemical methods to assess areas of active, degrading and restored blanket bog. Science of The Total Environment, 621, 762–771. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.11.300
  • Sas, Z., Doherty, R., Kovacs, T., Soutsos, M., Sha, W., & Schroeyers, W. (2017). Radiological evaluation of by-products used in construction and alternative applications; Part I. Preparation of a natural radioactivity database. Construction and Building Materials, 150, 227–237. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2017.05.167
  • Doherty, R., McPolin, B., Kulessa, B., Frau, A., Kulakova, A., Allen, C. C. R., & Larkin, M. J. (2015). Microbial ecology and geoelectric responses across a groundwater plume. Interpretation, 3(4), SAB9-SAB21. https://doi.org/10.1190/ INT-2015-0058.1

Summary Title of Current Studentships

  • Panagiotis Kirmizakis – Biogeophysical & Bioelectrochemical systems to monitor land and groundwater contamination (1st supervisor)
  • Tatiana Cocerva – Bioaccessibility of potentially toxic elements in Urban Soils (3rd Supervisor)
  • Shay Mullineaux – Badgers as a proxy for human exposure to potentially toxic elements in soil (2nd supervisor) • Charlie Farrell – Recycling photovoltaic systems using pyrolysis (3rd Supervisor)
  • Liz Gilligan – Reuse of waste materials in green facades (3rd Supervisor)