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Dr Alice Baynes

Dr Alice Baynes
Lecturer in Environmental Sciences

Research area(s)

Ecotoxicology, Endocrine disruption, chemical pollution, aquatic pollution, aquatic biology and ecology, fish and gastropod development and reproduction.

Research Interests

I am an ecotoxicologist. My main focus is on the impact of environmental chemicals (pollution) to aquatic wildlife. My research specifically looks at how environmental chemicals can impact an animals development and reproduction - by disrupting it's endocrine (or hormonal) systems.

I work both in the lab and field, mainly with freshwater fish and gastropod molluscs.

Research supervision

PhD Second supervisor

Gerogina Collins (2018- NERC London-DTP): ‘Opportunities and challenges for managing European smelt (Osmerus eperlanus); a threatened UK species’

Nicola Beresford (PT, 2013- ): ‘Androgens and anti-androgens in the aquatic environment and their effects on fish’

2011-2014 Christopher Green: ‘Assessing the roles of anti-androgenic and oestrogenic mixtures on endocrine disruption in fish’

MSc Dissertation Project primary supervisor

2015 Abisola Elegba: ‘Effect of sucralose on appetite and growth of gastropod’

2015 Alysha Callachand: ‘Reproductive effects of SSRI anti-depressants on gastropods’

Foundation Degree (FdSc) dissertation supervisor

2017 Chris Newman: ‘Plastic litter, can it leach oestrogenic pollution into rivers?’ (Co-supervisor with Dr. J Pegg, Sparsholt College, Winchester)

Erasmus+ intern supervisor

2015 Hanna Belschner ‘effect of 5α-reductase inhibitors in gastropods’

Grants

Data collection in support of the Endocrine Disruption (ED) assessment for non-target vertebrates
Funder: European Food Safety Authority
Duration: February 2019 - February 2020
Development of a study protocol for thyroid disruptor testing in the mammalian system
Funder: European Commission Directorate-General for the Environment
Duration: December 2017 - February 2018
EA Intersex Survey 2017
Funder: Environment Agency
Duration: August 2017 - March 2018

Research project(s) and grant(s)

Current Projects

The Assessment of the Likelihood of Three Endocrine Disrupting Substances Reaching Drinking water Project DWI 70/2/328. Brunel PI Dr Alice Baynes, Co-I Dr Olwenn Martin. (2019-2020, Defra/DWI £24,706 Project Lead Wood plc – Brunel sub-contractor)

Data collection in support of the Endocrine Disruption (ED) assessment for non-target vertebrates. PI Dr Olwenn Martin, Co-Is Dr Alice Baynes, Dr Sibylle Ermler, Martin Scholze. European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) (2019-2020, €125,818). project link

Recent Projects (as Research Assistant/ Postdoctoral Researcher or Co-Investigator)

‘Revisiting oestrogenic effects in wild fish: assessing and comparing contemporary and historical impacts’ PI Dr. Alice Baynes, Co-Is Prof. Susan Jobling (Brunel), Prof. Charles Tyler (University of Exeter), Dr. Anke Lange (University of Exeter). Environment Agency (Sept 2017-April 2018, £132,497) project page

‘Development of a study protocol for thyroid disruptor testing in the mammalian system’ Project Manager Prof. Andreas Kortenkamp (Brunel). European Commission Directorate General for the Environment (Dec 2017- July 2019). project link

‘Supporting the organisation of a workshop on thyroid disruption’ PI Prof. Andreas Kortenkamp (Brunel), Co-I’s Prof Ulla Hass (Technical University of Denmark), Dr. Olwenn Martin (Brunel), Dr. Alice Baynes (Brunel) Dr. Marta Axelstad (Technical University of Denmark). European Commission Directorate General for the Environment (Sept 2016-May 2017) €234,320. report link

‘Supporting the development of the OECD Detailed Review Paper on the Retinoid System’ PI Dr. Edwin Routledge (Brunel), Co-I’s Dr. Alice Baynes (Brunel), Prof Ulla Hass (Technical University of Denmark) and Dr. Sofie Christiansen (Technical University of Denmark). European Commission Directorate General for the Environment (Dec 2015-April 2017) €199,910.

'Can roach, Rutilus rutilus, adapt to the harmful effects of oestrogen exposure from waste water treatment work effluents?'. PIs Prof. Susan Jobling (Brunel University London) and Prof. Charles Tyler (University of Exeter). NERC 2013-2016. project page

‘Biological assessment of the elimination of persistent endocrine disrupting pharmaceuticals using TAML (tetraamido macrocyclic ligand) catalyst.’ PI: Prof. Susan Jobling (Brunel) and Prof.TJ Collins (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA) (2012-2013) open access publication link 

'A comparative study on the IC-MSMS and methylation GC-ECD methods of analysis for haloacetic acids.' PI Prof Rakesh Kanda, Co-Is: Dr. Alice Baynes and Martin Scholze (all Brunel University London). UK Drinking Water Inspectorate/DEFRA. (2013-2015) £87,363. project link

'The snail assay as an alternative to the rodent Hershberger assay for detecting androgens and anti-androgens.' PI Prof. Susan Jobling, Co-Is: Dr Edwin Routledge (Brunel University London), Dr Les Noble and Dr. Catherine Jones (University of Aberdeen). NC3Rs (2009-2013) project page

‘Biological assessment of advanced wastewater treatment processes for the removal of oestrogens’ PI: Prof. Jobling. Severn Trent Water plc (2008-2010) media link