We recently welcomed Alex Badry for a visit to our labs to work on a joint publication assessing candidate raptor species for pan-European biomonitoring of chemical contaminants.
Alex’s visit was supported by a Short-Term Scientific Mission funded through the European Raptor Biomonitoring Facility (ERBF) project (European Raptor Biomonitoring Facility COST Action (CA16224) supported by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology).
This work contributes toward the aims of ERBF and is also relevant to the concurrent LIFE APEX project. It will contribute towards demonstration projects that explore pan-European monitoring of trends in environmental contamination using birds of prey as sentinels. Overall, such monitoring would help identify which contaminants are present in the environment and how their concentrations are changing over time and geographically. Such knowledge helps underpin regulation of chemical use delivered through EU Directives such the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & restriction of CHemicals (REACH) and the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR).
Alex, who studied Environmental Toxicology at the University of Duisburg-Essen and Norwegian University of Science and Technology, is currently based in Berlin studying for a PhD on contaminants in birds of prey, and is also working at the German Environment Agency on the LIFE APEX project. Additional research interests include immunology and cell biology. Alex’s researchgate profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Alexander_Badry