Dr Luke Holmes
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Dr Luke Holmes

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science & Environment)

Role

Lecturer in Environmental Science

Qualifications

2013: PhD in Environmental Science - Thesis title: Interactions of Trace Metals with Plastic Production Pellets in the Marine Environment

2009: BSc (Hons) Environmental Science, University of Plymouth

Research interests

My research interests include metal speciation, estuarine geochemistry, and anthropogenic impacts on aqueous systems. 

Current research focuses on the interactions of microplastics with co-contaminants under a range of conditions, and potential effects of these emerging contaminants in environmental systems.



Journal articles:

Sheehan EV, Vaz S, Pettifer E, Foster NL, Nancollas SJ, Cousens S, Holmes L, Facq J-V, Germain G, Attrill MJ. (2016). An experimental comparison of three towed underwater video systems using species metrics, benthic impact and performance. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.12540

Turner, A., Holmes, L. (2015). Adsorption of trace metals by microplastic pellets in fresh water. Environmental Chemistry 12, 600-610.

Holmes, L., Turner, A., Thompson, R.C. (2014). Interactions between trace metals and plastic production pellets under estuarine conditions. Marine Chemistry 167, 25-32.

Holmes, L., Turner, A., Thompson, R. C. (2012). Adsorption of trace metals to plastic resin pellets in the marine environment. Environmental Pollution 160, 42-48.

Turner, A., Holmes, L. (2011). Occurrence, distribution and characteristics of beached plastic production pellets on the island of Malta (central Mediterranean). Marine Pollution Bulletin 62, 377-381.

Ashton, K., Holmes, L., Turner, A. (2010). Association of metals with plastic production pellets in the marine environment. Marine Pollution Bulletin 60, 2050-2055.

Holmes, L., Turner, A. (2009). Leaching of hydrophobic Cu and Zn from discarded marine antifouling paint residues: evidence for transchelation of metal pyrithiones. Environmental Pollution 157, 3440-3444.

Conference presentations:

Holmes, L., Turner, A., Thompson, R. (2015). In vitro metal bioaccessibility to avian species from microplastic pellets (poster). 25th Annual SETAC Europe Meeting. Barcelona, Spain. 3rd - 7th May 2015.

Holmes, L., Turner, A., Thompson, R. (2011). The role of plastic production pellets in the accumulation and transport of trace metals in the marine environment. 5th International Marine Debris Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

Holmes, L., Turner, A., Thompson, R. (2010). The role of plastic production pellets in the accumulation of trace metals in the marine environment. 2nd Annual Biogeochemistry Research Centre Conference, Plymouth, UK.

Holmes, L., Turner, A., Thompson, R. (2009). Accumulation of trace metals by plastic production pellets in the marine environment. 6th Annual BEACh Conference, Plymouth, UK