I am currently expanding my research in contaminants and their fate to include organic pollutants alongside my on-going research into inorganic metal and excess nutrient pollution. As such my research is an eclectic mixture including studies involving polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs - particularly those released from fossil fuels and their fate), metaldehyde (a molluscicide used in farming causing issues for water companies), nutrients in aquatic systems and understanding the role of sediments in their availability under differing environmental conditions (particularly climate change induced effects), the distribution and likelihood of contaminant remobilization from estuarine sediments with a historic legacy of contamination.
I am a Research Fellow in the School of Civil Engineering and Surveying with a particular interest in sediment and aquatic contaminants and exchange processes. After completing a BSc in Marine Biology from Queen's University, I gained funding for a PhD project monitoring seasonal intertidal sediment-water column nutrient exchange to determine the significance of intertidal sediments on nutrient dynamics in Strangford Lough. I later moved to the University of Plymouth where I worked as part of an inter-disciplinary team investigating sediment dynamics and associated contaminant transport in estuaries before moving to Portsmouth to continue my career in this multi-disciplinary field. Since coming to Portsmouth I have been involved with a number of NERC funded marine, freshwater and estuarine grants working in the School of Earth and Environmental Science before moving to the School of Civil Engineering and Surveying to increase my (and hopefully the wider publics) knowledge of contaminant source and fate in all environments, not just aquatic. Current projects include polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) fate in harbours and SuDS, PAH breakdown via composting, water chemistry of limescale production and removal,