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My current research focuses on ocean circulation in the Ross Sea and below the Ross Ice Shelf using an ocean general circulation model (NEMO). I am currently exploring how projected future climate conditions (e.g. air temperature, precipitation and wind) may affect the circulation and melt rates in the region.

My PhD work explored the transport and global distribution of marine plastics, with a particular focus on the distribution of non-buoyant plastics through the water column. I also looked into how biofouling would affect the transport of plastics through the water column, as well as the capture and transport of plastics within Arctic and Southern Ocean sea ice. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Environmental Science and other Physical Science, PhD, Plastic dispersion in the global ocean, Newcastle University

Sept 2016Jun 2021

Award Date: 29 Jun 2022

Marine Biology, MPhil, Modelling the three-dimensional distribution of plastic in the global ocean

Sept 2016Jun 2018

Award Date: 16 Jan 2019

BSc (Hons), Marine Biology and Oceanography, Newcastle University

Sept 2013Jun 2016

Award Date: 17 Jun 2017


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