Nia is a NERC-funded PhD researcher through the Envision Doctoral Training Programme, concentrating on the mechanisms that govern microplastic transport within our coastal systems and shelf seas. By integrating hydrodynamic modelling, particle tracking and in-situ measurements she hopes to estimate local microplastic budgets and investigate regional sources and sinks to better understand our plastic pollution problem.
Nia's PhD research project is titled "the Dispersal of Microplastic in the Marine Environment". The project aims to determine the spatiotemporal variability of microplastic and its transport from estuaries to shelf seas, concetrating on the local Conwy Estuary, North Wales and wider Irish Sea.
The project contains significant input from both field-based measurements and numerical models to achieve its aims and objectives and help discover the levels of microplastic contamination on a regional scale.