Chiara Enrica Paola Bancone

Chiara Enrica Paola Bancone

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Chiara Enrica Paola Bancone
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2017 (Cohort 4)

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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

Neil Rose

Primary Institution
Secondary Supervisor

Rob Francis

Secondary Institution

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.

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