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Dr Alice Baynes
Divisional Lead / Senior Lecturer in Environmental Sciences

Heinz Wolff 001D

Membership and affiliation

  • Malacological Society of London
  • The Fisheries Society of the British Isles (FSBI)
  • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC)
  • British Ecological Society (BES)
  • Royal Society of Biology (MRSB)

External Activities

Conference Organisation

  • Conference Session Chair: SETAC Europe ‘Advances in Invertebrate Endocrine Toxicology’. Virtual Conference. May 2020. Developed and delivered virtual online session program.
  • Conference Session Co-Chair: SETAC Europe, ‘Endocrine Disruption in Invertebrates: Historical Perspectives, New Developments, and Key Research Needs’. Helsinki, Finland. Developed and delivered session program with co-chairs. May 2019.
  • Invited Conference Session Co-Chair: ‘20th UK-Japan Annual Scientific Workshop on Research into Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals’ 7-8th November 2018, Cambridge, UK.
  • Conference Co-Chair: ‘Gordon Research Seminar on Environmental Endocrine Disruptors’ 10-11th May 2014, Lucca, Italy. Developed and delivered conference program with USA co-chair. Raised $4,194 towards Keynote and junior speaker attendance, chaired the Keynote speaker session.

Expert Groups

  • Invited Expert: Virtual workshop on the state of play of chemicals in the marine and freshwater environments, ChemTrust and Marine Conservation Society. April 2020
  • Invited Speaker: European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). February 2020
  • Invited Expert: Defra UK Chemicals Strategy Focus Group. Nov 2019
  • Nominated to OECD Expert Group: OECD Expert Group on Retinoid Pathways. Sept 2019-present
  • Invited Expert Speaker: European Commission Workshop ‘Setting Priorities for Further Development and Validation of Test Methods and Testing Approaches for Evaluating Endocrine Disruptors’ 30th May-1st June 2017, Brussels, Belgium.

Peer Review

  • Journal Peer Reviewer: Environmental Toxicology, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, PLoS ONE and Chemosphere.
  • Grant Peer Reviewer: FCT-Portugal (2012), International Foundation for Science (2014), British Ecological Society (2016-present), British Council Newton Fund (2017-present)

Widening Participation

  • STEM Ambassador - London Hub (2017-present), attending school STEM careers days, ‘speed-networking with a scientist’, women in STEM
  • Social Mobility Foundation e-Mentor (2018-present), widening participation, e-mentoring A-Level students to support application to university

Commissioned Reports

OECD (contributing author) (2021) DETAILED REVIEW PAPER ON THE RETINOID SYSTEM. Series on Testing and Assessment, No. 343. JT03479693. ENV/CBC/MONO(2021)20

Fretwell B., Nicol E., Whiting R., Baynes A., Martin O., Keller V., Rizzo C. (2021). ‘Likelihood of three endocrine disrupting substances reaching drinking water’. Drinking Water Inspectorate. Ref: DWI 70/2/328

Baynes A., Jobling S., Lange A., Tyler CR. (2020). Oestrogenic effects in wild fish: comparing contemporary and historical impacts. Environment Agency.

TemaNord (contributing author) (2020). Retinoids in Mammalian Reproduction, with an Initial Scoping Effort to Identify Regulatory Methods. TemaNord, ISSN 0908-6692; 2020:507. 6027/temanord2020-507

Martin O., Ermler S., McPhie J., Scholze M., Baynes A. (2020). Data collection in support of the Endocrine Disruption (ED) assessment for non-target vertebrates. The European Food Safety Authority.

Kortenkamp A., Martin O., Baynes A., Silva E., Axelstad M., Hass U. (2017) Supporting the organisation of a workshop on thyroid disruption – Final Report. DG Environment, European Commission.

Baynes A., Routledge E., Christiansen S., Hass U., Grignard E., Munn S., Viluksela M., Esteban J., Sánchez Pérez I., Jacobs M., Baker N., Håkansson H. (2017) 1st Draft-Detailed Review Paper on the Retinoid System. DG Environment, European Commission.

Baynes A., Losty E., Drinkwater G., Kanda R. (2016). A comparative study on the IC-MSMS and methylation GC-ECD methods of analysis of haloacetic acids. DERFA.

Jobling S., Baynes A., and Garner T.W.J (2013). ‘Frogs at risk and possible implications for humans? Why EU chemicals legislation needs updating to address chemicals that damage the immune system’. ChemTrust Policy Briefing.

Shahbazian Bedford C., Baynes A., Kanda R., Tucker A., Helbing C., Garner T.W.J., Jobling, S. (2013). Are chemicals compromising immune system function in common frogs (Rana temporaria)? A preliminary study. ChemTrust Report.

Baynes A., Benstead R., Jobling S., Routledge E. (2010) ‘Investigations of endocrine disruption in UK freshwater molluscs’. Environment Agency Report: SC030279/R1 ISBN: 978-1-84911-173-7

Conference abstracts (presenting author)

Baynes A., Lange A., Beresford N., Whitlock K., Tyler C.R., Jobling S. 2020. ‘Oestrogenic effects in wild fish in English Rivers: comparing contemporary and historical impacts’. Poster Spotlight/Poster. SETAC Europe. Virtual Conference.

Baynes A. 2019. ‘Do we need a paradigm shift in how we view mollusc endocrinology to protect molluscs from possible endocrine disruption?’ Platform presentation. SETAC Europe. Helsinki, Finland.

Baynes A., Montagut Pino G., Lockyer A.E., Belschner H., Routledge E., Jobling S. 2017. ‘Unexpected Endpoints: Pharmaceutical 5α-reductase inhibitors, designed to treat prostate cancer in men, disrupt gastropod morphogenesis during embryo development’ SETAC Europe. Brussels, Belgium.

Baynes A, Lockyer AE, Hamilton P, Uren-Webster T, Beresford N, Harris G, Studholme D, Stevens J, Tyler CR & Jobling S. 2016. ‘Have roach from English rivers adapted to the harmful effects of exposure to oestrogenic wastewater treatment work effluents?’ SWETOX, Stockholm, Sweden.

Baynes A, Kaur S, Lockyer AE, Routledge EJ, Jones CS, Noble LR, and Jobling S. 2015. ‘No effects of steroid androgen exposure during development on Biomphalaria glabrata reproductive physiology’. Platform presentation. SETAC Europe. Barcelona Spain.

Baynes A., Beresford N., Aries K., Mills M., Kanda R., Collins T.J., Jobling S. 2014. ‘Degradation and Removal of Biological Effects of Ethinylestradiol by Green Chemistry ‘TAML Hydrogen Peroxide Activators’ – a Possible Green Solution to EDC Pollution.’ Poster presentation. Gordon Research Conference on Environmental Endocrine Disruptors. Lucca (Barga), Italy.

Baynes A., Green C., Nicol E., Beresford N., Kanda R., Henshaw A.J., Churchley J.H., Jobling S. 2012 ‘Do we need expensive advanced treatment of waste-waters to prevent feminisation of wild fish?’ Platform presentation. 6th SETAC World Congress. Berlin, Germany.

Kaur S., Baynes A., Lockyer A.E., Jones C.S., Noble L.N., Routledge E.J., Jobling S. 2011. ‘Of molluscs, mice and men: could snails be surrogates for mammals in the rodent Hershberger assay?’ Poster presentation. NC3Rs London, UK.

Baynes A., Kanda R., Churchley J.H., Franklin O., Jobling S. 2010. ‘Wastewater analysis may provide chemical causes of endocrine disruption’. Poster presentation. Gordon Research Conference on Environmental Endocrine Disruptors. Les Diablerets, Switzerland.

Baynes A., Routledge E.J., Oehlmann J., Watermann B., Jobling S. 2009. ‘Testicular and Ovarian Dysgenesis in freshwater Molluscs exposed to Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals’. Poster presentation. 5th Copenhagen Workshop on Endocrine Disruption. Copenhagen, Denmark.

Baynes A., Benstead R.S., Routledge E.J., Jobling S. 2008. ‘Exposure of freshwater gastropod molluscs to environmentally relevant mixtures of oestrogenic chemicals: A life-cycle study.’ Platform presentation. 5th SETAC World Congress. Sydney, Australia.

Media interests

  • Journal article press release picked up by science news outlets e.g. (2019)
  • Interviewed for student media project (Vineet Kumar - University of Washington, Seattle, USA) associated with Scientific Reports article ‘Removal of ecotoxicity of 17a-ethinylestradiol using TAML/peroxide water treatment’ (2015).
  • Interviewed for website article entitled ‘Sand Removes Estrogen With Ease - Less-expensive wastewater treatment might work just as well to remove polluting hormones’ commentary associated with Environmental Science & Technology ACS journal paper: es204590d. (2012).