The media spotlight on plastic pollution in recent years has translated into an urgent call for action by the public, policy makers and industry. While the ubiquity of microplastic pollution within marine ecosystems is widely recognised (Law and Thompson, 2014), less attention has focussed on plastic materials transported from rural catchment sources to rivers (Windsor et al., 2019).
This project aims to deliver novel information on the types, abundance and transport pathways of plastic pollution from rural catchments to rivers.
Working alongside current NERC, BBSRC and EU research programmes, training will be given in advanced catchment survey and sampling, soil and sediment sampling protocols and the above state-of-the-art analytical and diagnostic methodologies. The successful applicant will gain experience working within an ISO9001 certified framework.
CASE partner, Westcountry Rivers Trust, will provide multidisciplinary training in applied data and evidence application and policy development.
You will have a degree in environmental sciences, geography or related discipline with experience in river basin processes, environmental diagnostic tools (field- and laboratory-based), and /or Geographical Information Systems (GIS) applications.
Read full details and how to apply at aries-dtp.ac.uk/studentships/blake/