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Brief Curriculum Vitae

Employment

In November 2005 I re-joined Friends of the Earth in London, where I am now heading up the Reduce Resource Use team. This means that I am no longer working on chemicals (though I am still keeping an eye on REACH!). Our main focus is currently on UK and EU waste policy, trying to maximise resource efficiency & minimise climate impacts by promoting prevention, reuse, recycling and composting. For information see the following sites:

http://www.foe.co.uk/campaigns/waste/index.html

http://www.foeeurope.org/activities/waste_management/

From January to September 2005 I spent 9 months managing the Chemicals Science and Policy Project at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Product, Lowell, Massacheusetts, USA. My work included organising a major conference on US chemicals policy, explaining REACH (the new EU chemicals policy) to US environmental organisations and businesses, and revising the project's web site:

http://www.chemicalspolicy.org/

From April 2002 to December 2004 I worked for the WWF European Policy Office in Brussels, Belgium. The main focus of this work was the REACH review of EU chemicals policy, which has the potential to radically improve the regulation of chemicals in Europe and around the world. At the end of 2004 I wrote a comprehensive report on REACH. For more information on the WWF DetoX campaign, see:

http://detox.panda.org/

From April 1997-March 2002 I worked as a campaigner in the Industry and Pollution team at Friends of the Earth in London, focussing on chemicals policy, including hormone disrupting chemicals. For more information, check out the Safer Chemicals campaign web site:

http://www.foe.co.uk/safer_chemicals

Academic qualifications

BSc in Biochemistry, University of York

PhD in Microbial Biochemistry, University of Glasgow

Thesis title: "Metabolism of styrene by Rhodococcus rhodochrous ". My project was the characterisation of the pathway for the metabolism of styrene in the bacterium Rhodococcus rhodochrous NCIMB 13259, which can grow on styrene as a sole carbon source (see publications)

MSc in Environmental Chemistry, University of Edinburgh
Including a research project examining water contamination at a former oil shale and detergent plant. My report also incorporated an environmental assessment of alkylphenol ethoxylates, including their oestrogenic effects (later modified and updated and published by Friends of the Earth, see below).

Refereed journal papers

Metabolism of styrene by Rhodococcus rhodochrous NCIMB 13259
A. Michael Warhurst, Kenneth F. Clarke, Robert A. Hill, Robert A. Holt and Charles A. Fewson, (1994), Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 60(4), pp 1137-1145.

Biotransformations catalyzed by the genus Rhodococcus
A. Michael Warhurst and Charles A. Fewson, (1994), CRC Critical Reviews in Biotechnology, 14(1), pp 29-73.

Production of catechols and muconic acids from various aromatics by the styrene-degrader Rhodococcus rhodochrous NCIMB 13259
A. Michael Warhurst, Kenneth F. Clarke, Robert A. Hill, Robert A. Holt and Charles A. Fewson, (1994), Biotechnology Letters, 16(5), pp 513-516.

Microbial metabolism and biotransformations of styrene
A. Michael Warhurst and Charles A. Fewson, (1994), Journal of Applied Bacteriology, 77, pp 597-606.

The production of activated carbon for water treatment in Malawi from the waste seed husks of Moringa oleifera
A. Michael Warhurst, Gordon L. McConnachie and Simon J. T. Pollard, (1996), Water Science and Technology, 34(11), pp 177-184.

Characterisation and applications of activated carbon produced from Moringa oleifera seed husks by single-step steam pyrolysis
A. Michael Warhurst, Gordon L. McConnachie and Simon J. T. Pollard, (1997), Water Research, 31, pp 759-766.

Pore structure and adsorption characteristics of steam pyrolysis carbons from Moringa oleifera
A. Michael Warhurst, Geoffrey D. Fowler, Gordon L. McConnachie and Simon J. T. Pollard, (1997), Carbon, 35, pp 1039-1045.

Adsorption of the cyanobacterial hepatotoxin microcystin-LR by a low-cost activated carbon from the seed husks of the pan-tropical tree, Moringa oleifera.
A. M. Warhurst, S.L. Raggett, G.L. McConnachie, S.J.T. Pollard,V. Chipofya, and G.A. Codd, (1997). Science of the Total Environment 207, pp 207-211.

Other publications

An Environmental Assessment of Alkylphenol Ethoxylates and Alkylphenols
A. Michael Warhurst (1995), Published jointly by Friends of the Earth Scotland and Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland, January 1995 (available on the Alkylphenolic compounds - in depth page).

Sex chemicals: time for action
A. Michael Warhurst (1995), Chemistry & Industry, 18, p756.

Hormone Disrupting Compounds: A report by Friends of the Earth Scotland
Richard Dixon, Liz Humphries and A. Michael Warhurst, (1996), Published by Friends of the Earth Scotland, June 1996.

Bioremediation in the real world
Michael Warhurst, (1997), Ground Engineering, 30(1), pp 15-16

The Polluting Factory Campaign Guide
A. Michael Warhurst (1998), Friends of the Earth (available here)

Poisoning our children: The dangers of exposure to untested and toxic chemicals
A. Michael Warhurst (1998), Friends of the Earth (available here)

Crisis in Chemicals: The threat posed by the biomedical to the profits, liabilities and regulation of industries making and using chemicals
A. Michael Warhurst (2000), Friends of the Earth (available here) & update (2002) (available here)


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