Whilst science has undoubtedly advanced technology, often overlooked are the “whole-of-life” effects of new technologies and therefore understanding the ‘post-consumer’ environmental effects is important research.
My primary research interests are in Organic Chemistry and in Polar regions. Hence I have become interested in Arctic pollution, particularly persistent organic pollutants. For my research I wish to understand this further by quantifying their presence, potentially through the development of new techniques, in abiota (and more rarely biota) with the intent of shedding more light of the movement of pollutants to and within polar regions.
In 2018, I am studying and researching for 5 months at the University Centre in Svalbard in Arctic Norway. This is an exciting opportunity to learn more about Arctic pollution, whilst conducting further fieldwork in the archipelago and studying as part of an international community.