Dr Christine Davidson


Pure and Applied Chemistry

Personal statement

Christine Davidson's research is in the area of environmental analytical chemistry, especially the development of new analytical methods to assess risk to human health and the environment from priority pollutants either directly or through the food chain. Recent studies have focused on chemical speciation analysis of potentially toxic elements (e.g. As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Hg, Mn, Ni, Pb, Sn, Zn); the study of urban soils and inhalable airborne particles, contaminated land, sediments and waters; and on development of simple colorimetric methods for carrying out analysis in the field. She also works on persistent organic pollutants such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.


Christine Davidson recevied her BSc (Hons, 1st class) from the University of Glasgow in 1983 and then moved to the Department of Physics and Astronomy to carry out a PhD in laser ionisation spectroscopy. She had two postdoctoral appointments, the first at the State University of Utrecht, Netherlands, where she worked on accelerator mass spectrometry, and the second at the Scottish Universities Research and Reactor Centre, studying natural analogues for nuclear waste repositories. Christine was appointed to the staff at the University of Strathclyde in 1989 and promoted to senior lecturer in 1999.


Mobility, spatial variation and human health risk assessment of mercury in soil from an informal e-waste recycling site, Lagos, Nigeria
Anselm Oluwaseun H, Cavoura Olga, Davidson Christine M, Oluseyi Temilola O, Oyeyiola Aderonke O, Togias Konstantinos
Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Vol 193 (2021)
How safe is your playground? Analyzing soil in Scottish schools through a university outreach project
Willison Debra, Davidson Christine M, Scott Fraser
Journal of Chemical Education Vol 97, pp. 4321-4329 (2020)
Atomic spectrometry update-a review of advances in environmental analysis
Bacon Jeffrey R, Butler Owen T, Cairns Warren RL, Cook Jennifer M, Davidson Christine M, Cavoura Olga, Mertz-Kraus Regina
Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry Vol 35, pp. 9-53 (2020)
The effects of organic waste soil amendments on above ground biomass of Reed Canary Grass (Phalaris arundinacea) grown at a historic Pb-F-Zn mine site
Nunn Benjamin, Lord Richard A, Davidson Christine M
International MineXchange Conference (2019)
Adaptation of the BCR sequential extraction procedure for fractionation of potentially toxic elements in airborne particulate matter collected during routine air quality monitoring
Sagagi Balarabe S, Davidson Christine M, Hursthouse Andrew S
International Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry (2019)
Chemical and biological tests to assess the viability of amendments and Phalaris arundinacea for the remediation and restoration of historic mine tailings
Nunn Benjamin, Lord Richard A, Davidson Christine M
10th Annual Conference on the Advances in Land Contamination Assessment and Remediation (2019)

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Professional activities

Could contaminated land provide the solution for bioenergy’s sustainability problem?
An assessment of the viability of organic waste amendments and Phalaris arundinacea for the phytostabilisation of historic metal mine sites
19th Biennial National Atomic Spectroscopy Symposium
9th Scottish Symposium on Environmental Analytical Chemistry
7th Scottish Symposium on Environmental Analytical Chemistry
6th Scottish Symposium on Environmental Analytical Chemistry

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Efficient utilization of biochar for water remediation and soil amendment - towards a circular economy
Zhang, Xiaolei (Principal Investigator) Davidson, Christine (Co-investigator) Fletcher, Ashleigh (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2025
Liggat, John (Principal Investigator) Davidson, Christine (Co-investigator) Markl, Daniel (Co-investigator)
30-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2022
National Project for BGE Pupils: Global Challenges of Clean Water
Willison, Debra (Principal Investigator) Davidson, Christine (Co-investigator) Scott, Fraser (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2020
National Project for BGE Pupils: Analysis of Soil in Scottish Schools
Willison, Debra (Principal Investigator) Davidson, Christine (Co-investigator)
21-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2018
KTP - Inex
Liggat, John (Principal Investigator) Davidson, Christine (Co-investigator) Hernandez, Jose Luis (Co-investigator) Yang, Shangtong (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 31-Jan-2019
KTP - Rumbol Products
Liggat, John (Principal Investigator) Davidson, Christine (Co-investigator)
18-Jan-2015 - 17-Jan-2017

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