About the Project
The overall aim of this project is to better understand the presence, sources and fate of natural and plastic fibres in river catchments. The specific objectives are to:
1. Measure concentrations of microfibres in river catchments.
2. Investigate the release of natural and plastic fibres from various sources.
3. Determine the environmental fate of microfibres.
The successful candidate will benefit from inter-disciplinary training in pollutant fate and analysis, wider water management skills, and textiles production as part of the Schools of Geography and Design as well as water@leeds. Training at Leeds deals fully with the elements described in the Joint Research Centre statement on skills training for research students. PhD students take modules provided by the staff development unit (e.g. starting your PhD, small group teaching) and a 15-week faculty-training course (covering elements such as planning, critical reading and writing, oral presentations, writing research papers). Students present results and receive constructive feedback from peers in a Research Support Group, from colleagues in water@leeds, and at a university postgraduate research day. An additional important part of the training will be to attend national and international conferences to present results and gain feedback. The student will be encouraged to write and submit papers for publication during the project.
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