Completed undergraduate, masters and PhD degrees in the Environment Department at the University of York, UK. My PhD investigated behavioural and physiological effects of the antidepressant fluoxetine on European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) in a chronic oral toxicity test conducted in captivity. The aim of the exposure was to mimic uptake of fluoxetine from invertebrates that develop on wastewater treatment plant filter beds. My research experience is diverse ranging from tests of animal behavior, in-vitro gastrointestinal models to assess bioaccessibility, molecular biomarkers, analytical chemistry and field studies. Prior to my arrival in the US, I worked as a Post-Doc at the University of York, leading a collaborative project with PyroPure UK Ltd. The project evaluated the efficacy of a new pyrolysis/gasification based waste treatment technology for breaking down active pharmaceutical ingredients using high resolution mass spectrometry.
Currently working on avian ecotoxicology studies in collaboration with researchers at the US Geological Survey Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. Projects include:
Bean, T., Ashmore, M., Carslaw, N., Gillah, A. and Parkinson, C. (2011) How does exposure to nitrogen dioxide compare between on-road and off-road cycle routes? Journal of Environmental Monitoring 4(13):1039-1046.
Bean, T. G., Boxall, A. B. A., Lane, J.; Herborn, K. A.; Pietravalle, S. and Arnold, K. E. (2014) Behavioural and physiological responses of birds to environmentally relevant concentrations of an antidepressant. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society 2014, 369, (1656). DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2013.0575.
Bean T.G., Arnold, K.E., Lane, J., Pietravalle, S. and Boxall, A.B.A (Accepted) An in-vitro method for determining the bioaccessibility of pharmaceuticals in wildlife. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.