Laura Melton CChem

Senior Analyst

Telephone Number
+44(0)131 244 8982


Research interests/Areas of expertise

  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Pesticide Residue Analysis
  • Chemistry Laboratory Manager


  • 2013 - present date – Senior Analyst at SASA; responsible for analysis of pesticide residues in food (PRiF) by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LCMS) and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GCMS), method development, participation in analytical proficiency tests, laboratory instrumentation and supplies.
  • 2002-2013 – Lead Analyst at SASA; working in both the Pesticide Residues in Food (PRiF) team and the Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme (WIIS) Scotland team.  Duties included carrying-out analysis of pesticide residues in food and investigations into incidents of suspected poisoning of wildlife, pets, livestock and beneficial insects.
  • 2002 – BSc (Hons) in Applied Chemistry, Napier University, Edinburgh (part-time).
  • 1994 – 2002 – Trainee Analyst then Analyst in SASA’s Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme (WIIS) Scotland team.

Representational Duties

SASA representative at the Analytical Sub-group (ASG) to the Expert Committee on Pesticide Residues in Food (PRiF).


One of the authors of the Pesticide Poisoning of Animals Report series - view list of Pesticide Poisoning of Animals Reports - as well as the following publications:

Melton LM, Taylor MJ, Flynn EE, Reid K, Viezens KJ, Vyas DS, Wilson AT.  2018.  Utilisation of LC/MSMS (QTRAP) and polarity switching for the quantitative analysis of over 300 pesticides in crude QuEChERs extracts from various fruit and vegetable matrices. Chromatography Today. February/March:28-33.
Hughes J, Sharp EA, Taylor MJ, Melton LM, Hartley G.  2013.  Monitoring agricultural rodenticide use and secondary exposure of raptors in Scotland. Ecotoxicology. 22(6):974-984.
Taylor MJ, Sharp EA, Melton LM, Giela A, Watson JE.  2009.  Walk on the wild side: An Investigation into secondary poisoning of wild birds using LC-MS. Official Publication of the British Mass Spectrometry Society. Edition 60(November 2009):12-14.
Hunter K, Taylor MJ, Sharp EA, Melton LM, Le Bouhellec S.  2004.  Determination of chloralose residues in animal tissues by liquid chromatography-electrospray ionisation tandem mass spectrometry. Journal of Chromatography B. 805(2):303-309.
Sharp EA, Le Bouhellec S, Melton LM, Taylor MJ, Hunter K.  2001.  Analytical Diagnosis of Chloralose Poisoning in Scottish Wildlife Crime Investigation. PDF icon Chem poster - Glasgow 2001.pdf (252.97 KB)
Taylor MJ, Sharp EA, Le Bouhellec S, Melton LM, Hunter K, Sage AB.  2001.  The Determination of Chloralose Residues in Poisoned Birds of Prey. PDF icon Chem poster - Cambridge 2001.pdf (617.49 KB)