PBMS contributes to EU raptor monitoring initiative

Professor Richard Shore, lead scientist for the PBMS, attended last week’s meeting of the COST (European Cooperation in Science & Technology) Action funded European Raptor Biomonitoring Facility (ERBFacility).

Using raptors as sentinels for persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) compounds, the ERBFacility network aims to develop a monitoring framework that will help answer: (1) is legislation effective in reducing environmental exposure to contaminants across Europe; (2) what are the environmental risks of specific chemicals; (3) are there emerging contaminant problems needing remedial action?

Richard leads the working group on monitoring environmental trends in industrial pollutants using raptors. He commented “The first full meeting of the ERBFacility network has got off to a flying start, with the delegates full of enthusiasm to develop the pan-European raptor monitoring framework.  Opportunities for PhD students and early career researchers to undertake scientific studies in cooperating laboratories, where they will work on aspects of the ERBFacility network, will be advertised in the next two months.  Interested candidates can find out more by looking at the ERBFacility on the COST website http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/ca/CA16224 and we will provide more details on the PBMS website news in due course.”

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