Dr Amanda French

Research Fellow

Qualifications: B.S. Chemistry, Ph.D. Environmental Toxicology

Research Interests


I am an environmental toxicologist with a specific interest in the toxicology of heavy metals in birds. I currently manage the ICP-MS Suite and collaborate on a variety of research projects that involve elemental analysis.  


My current research interests involve analytical method development for a variety of samples and elemental analyses. I have a strong background in analytical chemistry and have focused on applications of ICP-MS for elemental analysis.

I am currently looking at arsenic speciation within Lake Tarawera, an area with a large geothermal arsenic input. I have also begun researching how anthropogenic metals effect feather pigmentation and ultimately avian behaviour.

General Interests:

  • Influence of metals on pigmentation
  • Movement of metals in the environment
  • Arsenic and other elemental speciation in environmental and biological samples
  • Metal source apportionment (determining if elevated metal concentrations are due to anthropogenic input)
  • Metal toxicology
  • Ornithology

Techniques of interest:

  • ICP-MS
  • HPLC-ICP-MS for elemental speciation (Hg, As, Sb, Cr, Se)
  • LA-ICP-MS imaging
  • Single Particle analysis for nanoparticle determination
  • Imaging/mapping techniques

Research Supervised


Ward, Brittany (Ongoing, co-supervisor) Reconstructing New Zealand hydroclimate using novel isotopic measurements of speleothems (Rutherford Fellowship)


Kay, Kirstie (Ongoing, co-supervisor) Speciation of arsenic in Lake Tarawera


Chemistry; Environmental Chemistry; Metals

Recent Publications

  • French, A. D., Shaw, K., Barnes, M., Cañas-Carrell, J. E., Conway, W. C., & Klein, D. M. (2020). Bioaccessibility of antimony and other trace elements from lead shot pellets in a simulated avian gizzard environment. PLOS ONE, 15(2), e0229037. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0229037

  • Cano, A. M., Maul, J. D., Saed, M., Irin, F., Shah, S. A., Green, M. J., . . . Cañas-Carrell, J. E. (2018). Trophic Transfer and Accumulation of Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes in the Presence of Copper Ions in Daphnia magna and Fathead Minnow (Pimephales promelas). Environmental Science & Technology, 52(2), 794-800. doi:10.1021/acs.est.7b03522

  • Branch, S. D., French, A. D., Lines, A. M., Rapko, B. M., Heineman, W. R., & Bryan, S. A. (2018). In Situ Quantification of [Re(CO)3]+ by Fluorescence Spectroscopy in Simulated Hanford Tank Waste. Environmental Science & Technology, 52(3), 1357-1364. doi:10.1021/acs.est.7b04222

  • Ashbaugh, H. M., Conway, W. C., Haukos, D. A., Collins, D. P., Comer, C. E., & French, A. D. (2018). Evidence for exposure to selenium by breeding interior snowy plovers (Charadrius nivosus) in saline systems of the Southern Great Plains. Ecotoxicology, 27(6), 703-718. doi:10.1007/s10646-018-1952-2

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Contact Details

Room: C.3.09A
Phone: +64 7 838 4395