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I am a molecular endocrinologist and aquatic ecotoxicologist with an interest in the effects of endocrine active chemicals on aquatic wildlife.  I am also active in research to protect humans from diseases associated with exposure to biological contaminants in freshwater, including legionella (pathogenic bacteria) and schistosomiasis (parasitic disease) - see my grants for more details. I am programme leader for the Masters in Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Design which aims to provide entrepreneurial students with the skills and mind-set to help build a sustainable future; one that is environmentally responsible and socially inclusive.  I lead a number of modules, including  Biosphere, Introduction to Strategic Sustainable Development, and Reproductive Toxicology and Endocrine Disruption. 


  • 2001-2003 Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • 1998 Doctorate of Philosophy Title: Identification, Quantification and Assessment of Oestrogenic Chemicals in Sewage-Treatment Work Effluents. Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex
  •  1993 Bachelor of Science Degree II (i) BSc – Honours in Applied Biology Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex


·         08/14 – Present:  PGR Academic Lead (Environmental Sciences Division)

·         10/14 – Present:   Reader in Aquatic Toxicology

·         07/11 –  08/14: IfE Deputy Head of Research

·         10/07 – Present: Senior Lecturer in Aquatic Ecotoxicology

·         08/04 – 10/07: Lecturer in Aquatic Ecotoxicology

·         08/04 – 08/14: Institute for the Environment (Brunel University)

·         11/00 – 08/04: Lecturer in Molecular Animal Physiology.

·         04/99 – 11/00: Post Doctoral Research Fellow

·         04/97 – 03/99: Post Doctoral Research Fellow

·         10/93 – 03/97: Research Assistant

·         10/93 – 08/04: Department of Biological Sciences (Brunel University)



I peer review articles for high quality environmental journals including Environmental Science and Technology, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, Critical Reviews in Toxicology, Toxicology in Vitro, Aquatic Toxicology and Chemosphere.

I have also reviewed a number of research proposals from various funding bodies, including the Royal Society, EPSRC, BBSRC, and as an academic member of staff I regularly serve as external examiner for MPhil and PhD awards.

I have been successful in bidding for, and delivering, a number of consultancy projects funded by Government Agencies (Environment Agency) and Industry.

I serve on the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Peer Review College from July 2010.

I am External Examiner for University of Hull (Undergraduate degrees in Biological Sciences) from June 2013.

Newest selected publications

Orton, F. and Routledge, E. (2011) 'Agricultural intensity in ovo affects growth, metamorphic development and sexual differentiation in the Common toad (Bufo bufo)'. Ecotoxicology, 20 (4). pp. 901 - 911. ISSN: 0963-9292

Journal article

Benstead, RS., Baynes, A., Casey, D., Routledge, EJ. and Jobling, S. (2011) '17β-Oestradiol may prolong reproduction in seasonally breeding freshwater gastropod molluscs'. Aquatic Toxicology, 101 (2). pp. 326 - 334. ISSN: 0166-445X

Journal article

Orton, F., Lutz, I., Kloas, W. and Routledge, EJ. (2009) 'Endocrine disrupting effects of herbicides and pentachlorophenol: in vitro and in vivo evidence'. Environmental Science and Technology, 43 (6). pp. 2144 - 2150. ISSN: 0013-936X

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Clarke, N., Routledge, EJ., Garner, A., Casey, D., Benstead, R., Walker, D., et al. (2009) 'Exposure to treated sewage effluent disrupts reproduction and development in the seasonally breeding ramshorn snail (subclass: Pulmonata, Planorbarius corneus)'. Environmental Science and Technology, 43 (6). pp. 2092 - 2098. ISSN: 0013-936X Open Access Link

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Tempest, HG., Homa, ST., Routledge, EJ., Garner, A., Zhai, XP. and Griffin, DK. (2008) 'Plants used in Chinese medicine for the treatment of male infertility possess antioxidant and anti-oestrogenic activity'. Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine, 54 (4-5). pp. 185 - 195. ISSN: 1939-6376

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