Professor Will Mayes

Professor Will Mayes

Environmental Science

Faculty and Department

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

Summary

Will 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.

Will teaches 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)

I also contribute to the following modules:

- Exploring Worlds Around Us (Level 4)

- Interpreting Environments (Level 4)

- Field Studies (Level 5)

- Frontiers in Environmental Science (Level 5)

- Environmental Impact Assessment (Level 6)

- Geography and Environmental Science Dissertation (Level 6)

- ECMM dissertation (Level 7)

Recent outputs

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Book Chapter

From linear economy legacies to circular economy resources: Maximising the multifaceted values of legacy mineral wastes

Mayes, W. M., Hull, S. L., & Gomes, H. I. (2021). From linear economy legacies to circular economy resources: Maximising the multifaceted values of legacy mineral wastes. In A. Stefanakis, & I. Nikolaou (Eds.), Circular Economy and Sustainability Volume 1: Management and Policy (409-431). Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-819817-9.00009-0

Journal Article

Methanogenesis from Mineral Carbonates, a Potential Indicator for Life on Mars

Wormald, R. M., Hopwood, J., Humphreys, P. N., Mayes, W., Gomes, H. I., & Rout, S. P. (2022). Methanogenesis from Mineral Carbonates, a Potential Indicator for Life on Mars. Geosciences, 12(3), Article 138. https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences12030138

What are the different styles of calcite precipitation within a hyperalkaline leachate? A sedimentological Anthropocene case study

Bastianini, L., Rogerson, M., Mercedes-Martín, R., Prior, T. J., & Mayes, W. M. (in press). What are the different styles of calcite precipitation within a hyperalkaline leachate? A sedimentological Anthropocene case study. The Depositional Record, https://doi.org/10.1002/dep2.168

Brownfield sites promote biodiversity at a landscape scale

Macgregor, C. J., Bunting, M. J., Deutz, P., Bourn, N. A., Roy, D. B., & Mayes, W. M. (2022). Brownfield sites promote biodiversity at a landscape scale. The Science of the total environment, 804, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.150162

Comparative assessment of marine weathering of ROP-derived biopolymers against conventional plastics

Rodgers, K., Mayes, W. M., Santoro, O., Redshaw, C., Mccumskay, R., & Parsons, D. R. (2021). Comparative assessment of marine weathering of ROP-derived biopolymers against conventional plastics. Marine pollution bulletin, 167, Article 112272. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2021.112272

Research interests

Current and recent research projects include:

- Legacy Wastes in the Coastal Zone (NERC) - see http://gotw.nerc.ac.uk/list_full.asp?pcode=NE%2FT003022%2F1

- 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:

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1864-9057

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

Greenhouse Gas removal in the Iron and Steel Industry

Funder

Cardiff University

Grant

£19,726.00

Started

1 September 2017

Status

Complete

Project

Resource recovery and remediation of alkaline wastes

Funder

NERC Natural Environment Research Council

Grant

£774,884.00

Started

31 August 2014

Status

Complete

Project

Impact of an extreme rainfall event on solute and sediment dynamics in a mineralised river system

Funder

NERC Natural Environment Research Council

Grant

£3,374.00

Started

1 March 2016

Status

Complete

Postgraduate supervision

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.