Professor Lorraine Maltby

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Tel: +44 (0)114 222 4827


Room E206, Alfred Denny Building


Deputy Vice-President (Research and Innovation) (2017 – present)

Professor of Environmental Biology, Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield (2004-present)

NERC/Scottish Government High Level Policy Placement Fellow (2015-2017)

NERC/Defra High Level Policy Placement Fellow (2013-2014)

High-End Expert, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2012-2013)

Head of Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield (2008-2012)

Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader in Zoology, University of Sheffield (1988-2004)

NERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Research Associate, University of Sheffield (1984-1988)

PhD (1984) University of Glasgow

BSc (1981) University of Newcastle

Professional Activities and Awards

Member of:

UNEP Scientific Expert Group on Chemicals and the Environment (2012-)
European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals Scientific Committee (2010-)
Freshwater Habitats Trust (formally Pond Conservation) Board of Trustees (2010-)
NERC Peer Review College, core panel member (2010-)
Canadian Research Chairs Programme College of Reviews (2005-)


Portrait of a Woman Exhibition (2017)
Elected Fellow of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (2016)
Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Environmental Education Award (2009)
Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Exceptional Service Award (2005)


Prof Maltby Teaching Banner

I teach applied ecology, in particular freshwater ecology and ecotoxicology. My teaching is informed by my own research and my passion for understanding how ecosystems function and how we can best manage them to balance environmental protection with our use of ecosystems and the services they provide.

Prior to taking over as Head of Department, I was Director of Teaching for Animal and Plant Sciences and previously held the positions of Level 4 and Level 3 Year Tutors. I have served on the University's Learning and Teaching Committee and have been External Examiner for biology and environmental science programmes at universities in the UK and overseas. In 2009 I was awarded the Environmental Education Award by the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

Research Interests

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The human global population is predicted to reach 9.7 billion by 2050 and managing landscapes to provide the food, water, fuel, housing and other resources required by this growing population, whilst protecting the ecosystems that provide them, is a major challenge. My research addresses this challenge and is concerned with understanding the impact of anthropogenic activities on freshwater ecosystems and their catchments. A major research aim is to gain a mechanistic understanding of key ecosystem services and the ecological processes that underpin them, and to investigate how they are affected by anthropogenic inputs and activities. The output from this research is used to inform environmental decision making and to influence policy development and implementation. Current research topics include:

• Ecological risk assessment
• Ecosystem services and environmental stressors
• Landscape Ecology and environmental change
• Agro-ecosystems
• Aquatic-riparian interactions

Research Group

PhD Students

Dan Casey: Evaluating the role of public-private partnerships in agriculture (jointly supervised with Dr Ruth Little). Funding: University of Sheffield, Grantham Centre

Ruoyu Liang: Spatially defined ecological vulnerability of freshwater ecosystems to chemicals: implications for ecological risk assessment.  Funding: University of Sheffield Prize Scholarship

Noraini Ruslan: Ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes: the role of riparian buffers. Funding: Malaysian Government

Tom Sinclair: Ecological impacts of chemicals in a changing world (jointly supervised with Prof Alistair Boxall (York) and Dr Richard Williams (CEH)). Funding: NERC ACCE DTP

Masters Students

Claudia Cridge: Description and prediction of the sensitivity of species' assemblages to chemicals

Francesca Turner: The interactions between climate change and chemicals on freshwater species

Research opportunities

I welcome applications from international students or self-funded home/EU with interests in pollution biology, ecotoxicology, ecological risk assessment, freshwater ecology, ecosystem services. Information on current studentship opportunities for home/EU students is available here.