My PhD aims to address knowledge gaps in the production and transport of greenhouse gases from river systems into the coastal and marine environment. On a planet made of over 70% water, sharing knowledge of these fresh and salty habitats is essential to empowering local communities and achieving solutions to global climate change. My research is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council and the ARIES Doctoral Training Partnership [grant number NE/S007334/1], Plymouth Marine Laboratory, University of East Anglia, and Sercon Ltd.
PhD: Greenhouse Gases in River Catchments to Coastal Seas
Salmonids in the River Teign Catchment, Dartmoor
A Sea of Synthetics: sources of plastic pollution
My undergraduate thesis investigated the populations of salmon and trout in the Teign catchment, Dartmoor. My mission was to understand how salmonids are coping with rising air and river water temperatures as a consequence of rapid climate change. What I actually discovered was that we may be losing opportunities to monitor salmonid populations due to rising river water temperatures.
Plastic pollution is a global issue with many different sources. In 2018 I was invited to share an Environmental Brief discussing synthetic microfibres released during domestic washing processes and the impact this has on wildlife and humans.