Dr Suzie Jackson
Lecturer in Ocean Sciences
I am a lecturer in the School of Ocean Sciences, specialising in estuarine and shelf sea sediment dynamics. I completed my BSc in Marine Biology and MSc in Applied Physical Oceanography at Bangor University. This multidisciplinary background lead me to undertake a PhD also at Bangor University entitled: Turbulence control of floc size in the river-estuary transition zone. After finishing my PhD I started a lecturing position in the School of Ocean Sciences.
My research interests are concentrated in estuarine and shelf sea environments, studying suspended sediment dynamics. I am particularly interested in the physical processes controlling the size of suspended sediments and how this can change dramatically on short temporal and spatial scales. This is of particular importance to biogeochemical pathways from river catchments to coastal regions as suspended sediments play a major role in transporting terrestrially derived organic matter via rivers to the coastal ocean. In order to obtain data representing hydrodynamic and suspended sediment characteristics on the temporal and spatial scales observed in estuaries a combination of novel acoustic and optical technologies are required.
Ocean Science is multidisciplinary in nature. Suspended sediments play a major role in controlling light penetration in the ocean and therefore can significantly affect the vertical migration patterns of marine organisms. I am interested in biophysical interactions such as these. A combination of acoustic and optical techniques can be used to quantify light penetration depths which can be correlated to biological activity in the water column. This is important as we can use physical properties such as light and suspended sediment properties to predict patterns in biological behaviour.