Alice collecting samples of surface water in San Francisco Bay in 2017 to study microplastics pollution in collaboration with San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI) for her Master's research.
Research Areas of Interest
I am interested in better understanding the sources and fate of plastic pollution in the marine environment. My Master's research was focused on source apportioning microplastic pollution in San Francisco Bay. In collaboration with SFEI, we found a great deal of microplastic contamination in the Bay and proposed mitigation strategies to reduce the inputs of plastics into the Bay. My PhD research aims to determine the sources, distribution, and transport mechanisms of plastic pollution on a broader scale - the oceans. I will collaborate with researchers from both academia and the non-profit sector to put a number to important entities of the Global Plastic Cycle in order to better understand the behaviour of plastic pollution in the marine environment. This research is crucial to help researchers determine exposure concentrations of plastic to animals in the environment and thus inform risk, and also help pinpoint areas to target for mitigation strategies of plastic.
I have an Environmental Chemistry background, and thus I am familiar with instrumentation for measuring gases and ions including AIM-IC, greenhouse gas analyzers, CRDS analyzer as well as software such as Geochemist's Workbench, Igor, R, and ArcGIS. Throughout my Master's and PhD I've also become adept at using Raman and IR Spectroscopy instrumentation for the identification of plastic polymers.
Overall my fields of expertise are analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry, oceanography, environmental field methods, and contaminant science.
Themes of research (for PhD and postdocs)
Distribution of Plastic Pollution in the Marine Environment
Transport Mechanisms of Plastic Pollution in the Marine Environment
Oceanographic Modelling of Plastic Pollution Transport and Fate
Effectiveness of Mitigation Strategies of Plastic Pollution