I am a reliable and professional editor with a passion for the environment and extensive training in editorial services, academia and consultancy.

  • 2014–present: Scientific editor.
    • 2016Copy-Editing by Distance Learning (Merit), Publishing Training Centre.
    • 2015Collaborate and Innovate, Society for Editors and Proofreaders Annual Conference.
    • 2014: Proofreading 1, Society for Editors and Proofreaders.
  • 2013–2014: Environmental Consultant, Cumberland Ecology.
  • 2009–2013: PhD Environmental Science (Ecotoxicology), Macquarie University.
    • Produced four academic papers and presented at three scientific conferences (see below).
  • 2007–2009: Environmental Consultant, Mott MacDonald.
  • 2005–2006: MSc Aquatic Resource Management (Distinction), King’s College London.
  • 2002–2005: BSc (Hons) Biology (1st), University of Nottingham.


  • Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), a professional editorial organisation based in the UK.
  • Member of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, a global and professional organisation centred around the study and analysis of environmental problems.

Academic papers:

Gardham S, Hose GC, Stephenson S, Chariton AA (2014) Chapter Three – DNA metabarcoding meets experimental ecotoxicology: advancing knowledge on the ecological effects of copper in freshwater ecosystems. Advances in Ecological Research, 51: 79-104.

Gardham S, Hose GC, Simpson SL, Jarolimek C, Chariton AA (2014) Long-term copper partitioning of metal-spiked sediments used in outdoor mesocosms. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 21(11): 7130-9.

Gardham S, Chariton AA, Hose GC (2014) Invertebrate community responses to a particulate- and dissolved-copper exposure in model freshwater ecosystems. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 33(12): 2724-32.

Gardham S, Chariton AA, Hose GC (2015) Direct and indirect effects of copper contaminated sediments on the functions of model freshwater ecosystems. Ecotoxicology, 24(1): 61-70.

Conference presentations:

Gardham S, Hose GC, Chariton AA (2011) Establishment of freshwater communities in mesocosms with copper contaminated sediments for research into climate change effects. EnviroTox 2011 – Sharing knowledge for a healthier environment. Darwin, Australia: Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

Gardham S, Hose GC, Chariton AA (2012) Effects of copper contamination on ecosystem health: assessment at different levels of biological complexity. SETAC Australasia 2012 – Navigating through extreme weather events in a changing environment. Brisbane, Australia: Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

Gardham S, Hose GC, Chariton AA (2012) Effects of copper contamination on aquatic ecosystem health. SETAC North America 33rd Annual Meeting – Advancing science through innovation and collaboration. Long Beach, USA: Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

I am a Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) and have gained over 1500 hours of experience editing scientific text, including pre- and post-submission journal papers, academic text books and educational materials (find out more here). I have also completed training with the SfEP and the Publishing Training Centre.

In April 2014, I was awarded a doctorate in Environmental Science (Ecotoxicology) from Macquarie University, Australia. For my doctorate, I investigated the effects of metals on freshwater ecosystems. Through the research I gained comprehensive knowledge in the assessment of aquatic ecosystem health using multiple lines of evidence, including traditional optical techniques of community analysis (aquatic invertebrate identification), environmental DNA metabarcoding, metals chemistry and exposure experiments. Apart from writing a thesis towards the degree, I have published three papers in reputable journals (‘Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry‘, ‘Environmental Science and Pollution Research‘ and ‘Ecotoxicology‘) and a chapter within a book from the series Advances in Ecological Research. Beyond the production of my own PhD thesis, I copy-edited colleagues’ manuscripts, helping them to improve the quality of their text and publish in higher ranking journals.

Before my PhD research in Australia, I worked at Mott MacDonald, a multi-disciplinary environmental consultancy. I was predominantly involved in the production of Environmental Impact Assessments and Phase 1 Contaminated Land Surveys. During the two years (2007–2009) that I spent there, I authored several reports and proofread many more.

From 2005 to 2006, I studied at King’s College London, where I completed an MSc in Aquatic Resource Management, gaining distinction. During the MSc I learnt technical and analytical skills that form the basis of aquatic resource management, covering concepts of environmental management and decision making for freshwater, estuarine and marine resources. I took modules in ecotoxicology, water quality and pollution pathways, river management and field techniques, freshwater and marine resource management, global aspects of water management and quantitative environmental analysis. My thesis focused on the potential use of Strategic Environmental Assessment as a tool for the management of marine resources in Trinidad; along with learning techniques in ArcGIS modelling, the project taught me some valuable lessons in perseverance.

In 2002, I went to the University of Nottingham to study a BSc (Hons) in Biology. This course was a broad degree that taught the molecular, cellular, physiological, evolutionary and ecological aspects of living organisms. It gave me a solid grounding in environmental science through modules including aquatic science, ecology, conservation genetics, marine zoology, conservation biology and biogeography, and ecology, conservation and management. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and was awarded a 1st class degree in 2005.