Kingston University, Kingston upon Thames, England, UK
Peter Hooda obtained his PhD in Environmental Biogeochemistry from London University in 1992. Before joining Kingston University London, he worked at several leading environmental science research laboratories, including MLURI Aberdeen and Lancaster University.
Much of Peter’s post-PhD work has focused on land and water quality/contamination issues, covering both rural (agriculture and land use intensity/management) and urban sources (sewage effluents and urban runoff) of water pollution. It has included a range of contaminants, including nutrients, metals, organic waste, organic contaminants and general water quality/ecology. Examples of more recent work include: impacts of sewage effluent on hydrology and water quality of tributaries flowing into the Thames; trace metals in high altitude lake catchments; climate change mediated mobilisation and transportation of naturally occurring metals, and emerging organic micro-contaminants (pharmaceuticals, personal care products, plasticisers and other emerging contaminants) dynamics (transportation, transformation/biodegradation, sediment storage and uptake by aquatic plants and other biota) in river systems.
Peter is the editor of a major text book, Trace Elements in Soils (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), and has guest-edited several special journal issues on contemporary environmental themes, including Microbial and Nutrient Contaminants in Fresh and Coastal Waters (Journal of Environmental Management 87, 2008) and Heavy Metals in Soils (Adv. Environ. Res. 2003). He is an associate editor with the Journal of Environmental Management, and sits on the Editorial Board of several journals, including, Science of the Total Environment, and Frontiers in Environmental Science.