Nicole Allison

I have a BSc in Marine Biology and an MSc in Conservation Statistics. Prior to my PhD, I worked for sea turtle conservation projects in Costa Rica. It was during my time spent on remote beaches I gained an increasing interest for the distribution and accumulation of plastic debris in the marine environment.

Understanding marine microplastic dynamics using macroplastic as a proxy

PhD Aims:

  • To better understand the physical processes that influence the transport and fate of macro- and micro-plastics in the marine environment.

PhD Objectives:

  • Identify, through hydrodynamic models combined with particle track models, areas of high deposition of marine plastic on the West Coast of Scotland.
  • Investigate which physical oceanic processes and plastic properties influence the transport and fate of marine plastics.
  • Determine whether there is a correlation between areas of high deposition of macro- and micro-plastic in the same locations.

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