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Sarah Cook

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science



I am an environmental researcher and field scientist with a broad interest in aquatic ecosystems, their functionality and resilience to land-use change. Particular interests include:

-Greenhouse gas emissions and carbon cycling in aquatic ecosystems

-Pathways of water pollution in natural environment

-Emerging environmental contaminants, including natural fibers and microplastics

-Multidisciplinary approaches to water stewardship

-Nature-based solutions to water quality remediation (i.e. constructed wetlands)

-The role of citizen science in environmental monitoring

Expertise Summary

My research interests lie in the study of biogeochemical cycling and the role of freshwater ecosystems in the global carbon cycle. I am particularly interested in investigating the interplay between aquatic carbon (dissolved organic matter, DOM), nutrients, and greenhouse gas emissions from inland waters, as well as the concentration, reactivity, and composition of DOM in response to anthropogenic-driven factors such as land-use change.

I have experience in quantifying catchment hydrology using salt dilution gauging and chloride mass balance approaches, spectrophotometric techniques to determine water quality (i.e. SUVA254), tracer experiments using recirculating flumes, alongside intrusive and non-intrusive solute and microplastics tracer measurement techniques.

Selected Publications

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