Department of Geosciences

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Faculty and Research

William I. Manton


B.Sc. (Hons), University of the Witwatersrand
M.Sc., University of the Witwatersrand
Ph.D., University of the Witwatersrand

Research Interests

Tracing lead pollution in the environment by means of isotope ratios. Mobilization of lead from the skeleton during pregnancy, lactation, and across the menopause. Lead poisoning from gunshot wounds. Relationship between the concentration of lead in blood plasma and erythrocytes.

Bioavailability of lead in soil.

Geological, and especially geochronological, studies in Central America.

Industrial Interactions

  • ESA Inc., BioRad Corp., Centers for Disease Control
  • Expert witness, American Environmental Safety Institute v. Mars, Inc., et. al

Theses supervised

Christopher Bishop, MS, 1999.  A combined Mg/Ca-Sr/Ca paleothermometry technique using thermal ionization mass spectrometry.

Renee Southerwood, MS, 1986.  Late Cretaceous limestone clast conglomerates of Honduras.


Manton, W.I., C.R. Angle, K.L. Stanek Krogsrand, 2005. Origin of lead in the United States diet. Environmental Science andTechnology 39, 8995-9000.

Manton, W.I., C.R. Angle, K.L. Stanek, D. Kuntzelman, Y.R. Reese and T.J Kuehnemann, 2003.  Release of lead from bone in pregnancy and lactation. Environmental Research 92, 139-151.

Kimura, J-I., W.I. Manton, C-H. Sun, S. Iizumi, T. Yoshida, and R.J. Stern, 2002. Chemical diversity of the Ueno basalts, Central Japan : Identification of mantle and crustal contributions to arc basalts. Journal of Petrology 43, 1923-1946.

Rothenberg, S.J., V. Kondrashov, M. Manalo, W.I. Manton, F. Khan, A.C. Todd and C. Johnson, 2001. Seasonal variation in bone lead contribution to blood lead during pregnancy. Environmental Research 86, 191-194.

Manton W.I., S.J. Rothenberg, and M. Manalo, 2001. The lead content of blood serum. Environmental Research 86, 263-273.

Manton, W.I., C.R. Angle, K.L Stanek, Y.R. Reese and T.J Kuehnemann, 2000.  Acquisition and retention of lead by young children. Environmental Research 82, 60-80.

Barats, M.S., H.C. Gonick, S.J. Rothenberg, M. Balabanian and W.I. Manton, 2000.  Severe lead-induced neuropathy in a dialysis patient.  American Journal of Kidney Disease 35, 963-968.

  • Updated: March 20, 2007