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Thomas Stanton

PhD Researcher,

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Biography

I am a PhD researcher across the School of Geography and Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, quantifying microplastic particle concentrations in freshwater systems and atmospheric fallout.

I am supervised in the School of Geography by Dr Matthew Johnson, where I work across the Geoscience and Environment and Society research themes; in the Faculty of Engineering by Dr Rachel Gomes, where I am a member of the Food, Water, Waste Reasearch Group; and by Professor Paul Nathanail (Land Quality Management Ltd.). I also work closely with Dr Bill MacNaughton (Food Science).

Expertise Summary

  • Extraction of microplastic particles from water, sediment and atmospheric fallout
  • Isolation and identification of microplastic particles from water, sediment and atmospheric samples
  • Visual characterisation of textile fibres extracted from environmental samples
  • Handling of large, international secondary datasets
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Proficiency using QGIS

Teaching Summary

I have taught across a broad range of modules throughout my PhD studies across the University of Nottingham's School of Geography and School of Biosciences, detailed below.

PhD Demonstrator UoN Geography

Assisting the design and delivery of residential field courses and laboratory classes to first, second, and third year UoN School of Geography undergraduates.

  • GEOG1001 | Geographical Field Course
  • GEOG2003 | Techniques in Physical Geography
  • GEOG2008 | River Processes and Dynamics
  • GEOG3015 | Management and Restoration of Rivers and Lakes

Graduate Teaching Assistant UoN Geography and UoN Bioscience

Development and delivery of lectures to ~200 first year undergraduate geography students introducing the environmental and social complexities of plastic pollution, and to ~50 third year undergraduate students in the UoN School of Life Sciences covering the fate, impact and remediation of microplastic pollution.

  • GEOG1002 | Earth and Environmental dynamics
  • BIOS3049 | Environmental pollutants: fate, impact and remediation

Design and delivery of two days of fieldwork on a compulsory first year geographical fieldwork quantifying anthropogenic litter and microplastic concentrations in the River Greta as it flows through the town of Keswick.

  • GEOG1001 | Geographical Field Course

Research Summary

I am a PhD Researcher quantifying microplastic pollution in freshwater systems and atmospheric fallout. My work asses the prevalence of microplastic pollution in these environments through both space… read more

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Current Research

I am a PhD Researcher quantifying microplastic pollution in freshwater systems and atmospheric fallout. My work asses the prevalence of microplastic pollution in these environments through both space and time, and places it in the context of other anthropogenic particulates and pollutants.

Food, Water, Waste Research Group

Faculty of Engineering
The University of Nottingham
Nottingham, NG7 2RD


telephone: +44 (0)115 82 32502
email:FWW@nottingham.ac.uk