Lee Walker, the coordinator for the Predatory Bird Monitoring Scheme (PBMS), presented at the Interdepartmental Group on Health Risks from Chemicals (IGHRC) workshop on biomonitoring. Lee gave an overview of “Assessing chemical threats to the environment through biomonitoring” that drew upon lessons learnt through the PBMS and other biomonitoring carried out by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, and within the WILDCOMS network. In addition Lee gave a short introduction to how the PBMS draws upon citizen science operates.
The meeting that brought together experts on biomonitoring in both human and environment specimens was held on 22nd January 2019 at the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Burlington Place, London.
Lee comments “There are clearly areas in which best practice can be shared among studies that use biomonitoring to measure the exposure to and effects of chemical contaminants in humans and the environment.”
“The informative and encouraging discussions during the day showed that there is a desire to align these activities more closely to reflect the interdependency of human and environmental health.”
Copies of the presetnations made can be viewed here: http://www.rsc.org/events/detail/36014/biomonitoring-human-and-environmental-perspectives