School of GeoSciences

School of GeoSciences


Kenneth Macgregor

Contact details
Phone: +44 (0) 131 650 4723

Current Research

As part of a NERC funded PhD, I am currently studying spatial and temporal variations in potentially toxic elemental (Sb, Pb, Cu and Zn) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) concentrations and associations in run-off from urban and rural areas of Scotland. Supervised by Margaret Graham, the research is part of the University of Edinburgh’s Global Change Research Institute in the School of GeoSciences.

The effect of climate change and the induced perturbations in weather patterns is changing how potentially toxic elements and PAH concentrations are stored in the environment; contaminants that were previously bound to soil have increased mobility due to extreme weather from flooding and droughts. The key aim of the project is to research this area and identify the principal geochemical processes influencing the fate of elements and PAHs.

[Kenneth Macgregor]

Previous Research

After graduating with a BSc, I joined the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) where I studied part-time to complete an MSc with distinction in Instrumental Analytical Chemistry for Environmental Monitoring. Although my initial time at SEPA was spent reporting and analysing environmental samples for organic contaminants using instrumentation such as Gas Chromatography and Liquid Chromatography. The majority of my time was spent developing SEPA’s lipophilic monitoring network, where persistent organic pollutants were monitored in the freshwater environment using brown trout (Salmo trutta) and freshwater eels (Anguilla Anguilla) as bio-indicators. I gained valuable experience in the implementation of a national monitoring scheme and through the application of new analytical technologies, I developed multi-component analysis on triple quadruple mass spectrometers for environmental samples.


Macgregor, K., MacKinnon, G., Farmer, J.G., Graham, M.C., 2015. Mobility of antimony, arsenic and lead at a former antimony mine, Glendinning, Scotland. Science of The Total Environment 529, 213–222. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.04.039.

Farmer, J.G., MacKenzie, A.B., Graham, M.C., Macgregor, K., Kirika, A., 2015. Development of recent chronologies and evaluation of temporal variations in Pb fluxes and sources in lake sediment and peat cores in a remote, highly radiogenic environment, Cairngorm Mountains, Scottish Highlands. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 156, 25–49. doi:10.1016/j.gca.2015.02.003.

Oliver, I.W., Macgregor, K., Godfrey, J.D., Harris, L., Duguid, A., 2015. Lipid increases in European eel (Anguilla anguilla) in Scotland 1986–2008: an assessment of physical parameters and the influence of organic pollutants. Environ Sci Pollut Res 22, 7519–7528. doi:10.1007/s11356-015-4116-4.

Macgregor K, Oliver IW, Duguid A, Ridgway IM (2011) Persistent Organic Pollutants in Scottish Freshwater Biota Monitoring options, current levels and the way forward

Macgregor K, Oliver IW, Harris L, Ridgway IM (2010) Persistent organic pollutants (PCB, DDT, HCH, HCB & BDE) in eels (Anguilla anguilla) in Scotland: Current levels and temporal trends. Environmental Pollution 158 (7), 2402–2411.

Conference Contributions

Macgregor K. Mobility of antimony, arsenic and lead at a former antimony mine, Glendinning, Scotland. 2013, Glasgow. Sixth Scottish Symposium on Environmental Analytical Chemistry; RSC.

Macgregor K. The lipophilic monitoring network. 2011, Lancaster. WILDCOMS partners.

Macgregor K, Peters A, Harris L. Part 2-declining levels of persistent organic pollutants in Scottish freshwaters. 2008, Birmingham. 28th International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants – Dioxin 08.

Macgregor K, Peters A. Declining levels of persistent organic pollutants in Scottish freshwaters. 2007, Norwich. SETAC UK.