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Dr William Hale

Senior Lecturer

Faculty/Dept/School School of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences
(Faculty of Life Sciences)
Emailw.h.g.hale@bradford.ac.uk
Telephone +441274 234229

Biography

Dr Hale spent four years in Portugal at the Instituto de Botanica, Universidade do Porto, first as a Royal Society European Research Fellow and for three years as invited Auxiliary Professor. Returning to the UK in 1985, he took up a post in the Environmental Science Department at Bradford, where most recently (since 2000) he has held the position of Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science.

Research

My primary research focus has been on the ecological issues of regeneration and establishment of plant communities (e.g. in reclamation of degraded land), and the management of plant community change, particularly on upland moorland. I have also been interested in ecological studies of individual weed species, at present focussing on the groundsel, Senecio vulgaris. However, these interests have led on to a wider focus on applied ecological or environmental problems, and in particular the biological and chemical monitoring of environmental pollution. I have also had a continuing research interest into the practice of environmental education. I have been involved in research into, and the practice of, statistical and computer methodologies to analyse ecological and environmental data since my PhD studies.

These various research themes are reflected in the topics studied by research students under my supervision, including theses on the following themes: Ecology of the weed species Capsella bursa-pastoris; The ecology and conservation value of roadside verges;  Environmental education in protected areas in Brazil; The role of fire and elephants on the woody savannah vegetation of a National Park in Ghana; Possible environmental factors causing top-dying in mangrove forest trees in the Sundarbans in Bangladesh; Media coverage of environmental items in Kuwaiti newspapers and magazines; The use of myco-herbicides to control common weed plants; The teaching of geography at university level in Libya; The impact of forest fires on soil properties in Libya; The role of introduced Acacia shrubs in desertification processes in Libya;  The impact of sand dune movement on human activities in northern Libya. Current PhD students’ themes involve: Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in soils; Using light isotope analysis to detect palaeo-climatic changes; Multi-spectral detection methods for forensic materials.

Teaching

Teaching interests

There are two broad areas to my teaching interests:

- Ecology, particularly as related to environmental sciences, with topics such as Reclamation Ecology and Ecological Management and Nature Conservation

- Statistics and computing techniques, current topics including the statistics components for Statistics and Databases for Forensic Sciences, and Geographic Information Systems software usage for Archaeological Sciences.

Professional activities

  • 01-JAN-77: University of Wales, Aberystwyth - BSc
  • 01-JAN-81: Southampton University - PhD
  • University of Porto, Portugal - Royal Society European Exchange Fellowship 
  • University of Porto, Portugal - Invited Lecturer
  •  University of Bradford - Lecturer
  • 01-JAN-85:  University of Bradford - Senior Lecturer

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal
TitleDetermination of contamination by polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and their mode of origin, in urban soils from Leeds (UK) (2018)
AuthorsHamed, Heiam A. Mohamed; Hale, William H.G.; Stern, Ben
 
TitleThe effect of forest fires on physical properties and magnetic susceptibility of semi-arid soils in north-eastern Libya (2014)
AuthorsEldiabani, Gibrel S.; Hale, William H.G.; Heron, Carl P.
 
TitleFloristic composition and environmental determinants of roadside vegetation in North England. (2011)
AuthorsAkbar, K.F.; Hale, William H.G.; Headley, Alistair D.D.
 
TitleEvaluation of conservation status of roadside verges and their vegetation in north England (2010)
AuthorsAkbar, K.F.; Hale, William H.G.; Headley, Alistair D.D.
 
TitleTrace element concentrations in mangrove sediments in the Sundarbans, Bangladesh (2009)
AuthorsAwal, M.A.; Hale, William H.G.; Stern, Ben
 
TitleFloristic composition and environmental determinants of roadside vegetation in North England (2009)
AuthorsAkbar, K.F.; Hale, William H.G.; Headley, Alistair D.D.
 
TitleEffects of perennial fires on the woody vegetation of Mole National Park, Ghana (2008)
AuthorsSackey, I.; Hale, William H.G.
 
TitleA comparative study of de-icing salts (sodium chloride and calcium magnesium acetate) on the growth of some roadside plants of England (2006)
AuthorsAkbar, K.F.; Headley, Alistair D.D.; Hale, William H.G.; Athar, M.
 
TitleAssessment of scenic beauty of the roadside vegetation in northern England (2003)
AuthorsAkbar, K.F.; Hale, William H.G.; Headley, Alistair D.D.
 
TitleCapsella bursa-pastoris (L.) Medic. as a biomonitor of heavy metals (1999)
AuthorsAksoy, A.; Hale, William H.G.; Dixon, Jean M.
 
TitleTowards a simplified taxonomy of Capsella bursa-pastoris (L.) Medik. (Brassicaceae) (1999)
AuthorsAksoy, A.; Hale, William H.G.; Dixon, Jean M.
 
TitleCapsella bursa-pastoris (L.) Medikus (Thlaspi bursa-pastoris L., Bursa bursa-pastoris (L.) Shull, Bursa-pastoris (L.) Weber) (1998)
AuthorsAksoy, A.; Dixon, Jean M.; Hale, William H.G.
 
TitleAn analysis of the problem of developing environmental education in Brazilian federal protected areas (1998)
AuthorsDe Carvalho, Cristina A.R.; Filho, Walter Leal; Hale, William H.G.
 
TitleAn analysis of environmental education provision in a sample of Caribbean National Environmental Action Plans (NEAPs) (1997)
AuthorsBynoe, P.; Hale, William H.G.
 
TitleTen Years in Rehabilitation of Spoil: Appearance, Plant Colonists, and the Dominant Herbivore (1995)
AuthorsHambler, David J.; Dixon, Jean M.; Hale, William H.G.
 
TitleEffectiveness of cutting as an alternative to burning in the management of Calluna vulgaris moorland: Results of an experimental field trial (1994)
AuthorsCotton, David E.; Hale, William H.G.
 
TitleVegetation Changes on Ilkley Moor between 1964 and 1984, and Possible Environmental Causes (1993)
AuthorsHale, William H.G.; Cotton, David E.
 
TitleNote concerning Festuca henriquesii (Gramineae) in northern Portugal (1989)
AuthorsHale, William H.G.
 
TitleVegetation Changes on Ilkley Moor 1964-1984 (1989)
AuthorsCotton, David E.; Hale, William H.G.
 
TitleThe management of vegetation change on Ilkley Moor (1988)
AuthorsHale, William H.G.; Cotton, David E.
 
TitleVariation in species composition within and between some mountain grasslands in the Parque Nacional da Peneda - Geres (1988)
AuthorsHale, William H.G.