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I am an ecotoxicologist with an expertise in microplastic pollution. My research focusses particularly on the sources, fate and ecological effects of microplastics (plastic particles <5mm in size) within the freshwater environment. I have published studies identifying microplastics in UK rivers and freshwater fish, in addition to co-authoring a large-scale citizen science study on microplastics on beaches across Europe. I am now investigating the ecological effects of microplastic pollution on freshwater invertebrates in association with persistent organic chemicals, including pesticides and flame retardants. Additionally, my current research involves working alongside the water industry (UKWIR) to investigate the presence and fate of microplastics across the range of different water treatment processes.
In addition to my work on microplastics, I am also involved in projects investigating the effects of nanoparticles on the survival and reproduction of terrestrial organisms including earthworms and nematodes. I have also carried out research on the survival of different bee species exposed to environmentally relevant levels of pesticides, including pyrethroids and neonicotinoids.
Alongside my research, I am a NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow funded to develop the UK Microplastics Network – an interdisciplinary network aimed at engaging stakeholders with the state-of-the-art academic research on microplastics, leading to improved cross-sector sharing of knowledge and better informed decision-making. As such, I have been involved in numerous knowledge exchange activities directed towards stakeholder engagement, in addition to public engagement, on microplastic issues.
- Ecotoxicologist - Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. April 2017 - present
- Research Associate (Ecotoxicology) - Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. April 2014 - March 2017
- Field Scientist - APEM Ltd. Jan 2013 - April 2014
- Microplastics in freshwater systems PhD - Leiden Unviersity, the Netherlands. Ongoing
- Oceanography (Marine Biology and Ecology) MSc - University of Southampton, UK.
- Biology BSc - University of Sussex, UK.
Member of the Royal Society of Biology (MRSB)