Dr Aziz Asghar

Dr Will Mayes

Reader in Environmental Science

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Department of Geography, Geology and Environment

Summary

Will is Programme Director for Environmental Science and teaches across the Environmental Science, Geography and MSc Environmental Change, Monitoring and Management programmes. He is passionate about field and practical-based teaching to help us understand and manage the environmental issues we currently face. His research investigates how we can improve management of environmental legacies from some of the most carbon-intensive and polluting sectors of our economies.

Undergraduate

I am programme director for the BSc. Environmental Science degrees and I teach across Environmental Science, Geography and MSc in ECMM programmes. Key modules include:

- Introduction to Environmental Science (Level 4)

- Living in the Anthropocene (Level 5)

- Environmental Pollution (Level 6)

- Environmental Management and Policy (Level 7)

I also contribute to the following modules:

- Exploring Worlds Around Us (Level 4)

- Field Studies (Level 5)

- Frontiers in Environmental Science (Level 5)

- Geograpy and Environmental Science Dissertation (Level 6)

Book Chapter

Integrating Remediation and Resource Recovery of Industrial Alkaline Wastes: Case Studies of Steel and Alumina Industry Residues

Gomes, H. I., Rogerson, M., Courtney, R., & Mayes, W. M. (2020). Integrating Remediation and Resource Recovery of Industrial Alkaline Wastes: Case Studies of Steel and Alumina Industry Residues. In Resource recovery from wastes: towards a circular economy, 168-191. Royal Society of Chemistry. https://doi.org/10.1039/9781788016353-00168

Journal Article

Vanadium: A re-emerging environmental hazard

Watt, J. A., Burke, I. T., Edwards, R. A., Malcolm, H. M., Mayes, W. M., Olszewska, J. P., …Spears, B. M. (2018). Vanadium: A re-emerging environmental hazard. Environmental Science and Technology, 52(21), 11973-11974. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.8b05560

Constructed wetlands for steel slag leachate management: Partitioning of arsenic, chromium, and vanadium in waters, sediments, and plants

Gomes, H., Mayes, W., Whitby, P., & Rogerson, M. (2019). Constructed wetlands for steel slag leachate management: Partitioning of arsenic, chromium, and vanadium in waters, sediments, and plants. Journal of environmental management, 243, 30-38. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.04.127

Behaviour and fate of vanadium during the aerobic neutralisation of hyperalkaline slag leachate

Hobson, A. J., Stewart, D. I., Bray, A. W., Mortimer, R. J., Mayes, W. M., Riley, A. L., …Burke, I. T. (2018). Behaviour and fate of vanadium during the aerobic neutralisation of hyperalkaline slag leachate. The Science of the total environment, 643, 1191-1199. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.06.272

Options for managing alkaline steel slag leachate: A life cycle assessment

Gomes, H. I., Mayes, W. M., Baxter, H. A., Jarvis, A. P., Burke, I. T., Stewart, D. I., & Rogerson, M. (2018). Options for managing alkaline steel slag leachate: A life cycle assessment. Journal of cleaner production, 202, 401-412. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.08.163

Research interests

Recent research projects include:

- Resource Recovery and Remediation of Alkaline Wastes (NERC / Defra / ESRC) - see https://alkalineremediation.wordpress.com/

- Greenhouse Gas Removal in the Iron and Steel Industry (NERC); led by Phil Renforth (Heriott Watt): http://gotw.nerc.ac.uk/list_full.asp?pcode=NE%2FP019943%2F1

- Impact of an extreme rainfall event on solute and sediment dynamics in a mineralised river system (NERC); led by Adam Jarvis (Newcastle): http://gotw.nerc.ac.uk/list_full.asp?pcode=NE%2FP000053%2F1

For more details follow the link here:

orcid.org/0000-0002-1864-9057

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome applications in areas linked to the research projects and publications listed on this page.

Completed PhDs

Victor Uchenna Oty (PhD, 2012-2016): Remediation of hyperalkaline industrial drainage, University of Hull international bursary, field support costs from Tata Steel.

Ashley Jones (PhD, 2010-2014): Solute dynamics in mine-impacted streams, funded by University of Hull.

Helen Baxter (PhD, 2011-2015): Integrating Payments for Environmental Services with LCA at abandoned mine remediation schemes, funded by University of Hull.

Riina Vaht (PhD, 2009-2012, completed): Impact of oil shale mining on hydrological regime, co-supervisor with Prof. Mander, University of Tartu, Estonia.

Current PhD supervisions

Wayne Duffus: Watch list chemicals in fluvial sediments (EU Interreg funded: Sullied Sediments Project)