Chiara Enrica Paola Bancone

Chiara Enrica Paola Bancone

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Chiara Enrica Paola Bancone

E-mail Address:

chiara.bancone.17@ucl.ac.uk

Start Year

2017 (Cohort 4)

Research interests:

My research focuses on microplastic contamination in aquatic environments. I am particularly interested in studying temporal changes in microplastic accumulation through collection and analysis of lake sediment cores.

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PhD Project
PhD Title

Temporal and spatial distribution of microplastics in the sediments of UK rural and urban lakes

Research Theme

Environmental Pollution

Primary Supervisor
Primary Institution

UCL

Secondary Supervisor
Secondary Institution

KCL

Abstract

Microplastics are persistent environmental pollutants characterised by heterogeneous physicochemical properties, and resulting in very heterogeneous effects once they enter aquatic systems. Due to their small sizes (<5 mm), plastic particles can be ingested by a wide variety of aquatic organisms, potentially transferring toxic compounds across the food web. Although microplastic pollution is present throughout aquatic ecosystems of the world, there is limited research on lentic waterbodies. There is an urgent need to correct this as such waterbodies, in particular lake sediments, may represent a sink for microplastics. This project will examine the spatio-temporal variation in sediments of UK urban and rural lakes, and consider the environmental implications. The identification of plastic polymers, together with the assessment of microplastic spatial distribution and seasonal patterns of accumulation in lakes will help identify factors influencing microplastic distribution and pollution sources for lakes. The results from this project will deliver a better understanding of the number and scale of sources of microplastics in urban and rural lakes, improving future risk assessments and prevention strategies.

Policy Impact
Background Reading
  • Dong, M., Luo, Z., Jiang, Q., Xing, X., Zhang, Q., Sun, Y. ( 2020)The rapid increases in microplastics in urban lake sediments. Sci Rep 10, 848.
  • Turner, S., Horton, A.A., Rose, N.L., Hall, C. (2019). A temporal sediment record of microplastics in an urban lake, London, UK. J Paleolimnol 61, 449–462.
  • Vaughan, R., Turner, S.D. and Rose, N.L. (2017). Microplastics in the sediments of a UK urban lake. Environmental Pollution, 229, pp.10-18.
  • Publications

    Activities
    Conferences and Workshops
    • A Changing Planet: The Joint DTP Conference (September 2018). Poster: DEVELOPING NEW METHODOLOGIES FOR MICROPLASTIC COLLECTION IN UK LAKES AND EXTRACTION FROM SEDIMENTS.
    • Dynamic Earth: The Joint DTP Conference (September 2019). Talk: Developing a new methodology for microplastic extraction from lake sediments.
    • Engaging Sustainability: A Joint DTP Conference (September 2020).
    • SETAC 2019 (May 2019). Poster: DEVELOPING NEW METHODOLOGIES FOR MICROPLASTIC EXTRACTION FROM LAKE SEDIMENTS.
    • EGU 2020 (May 2020).

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