I work on the response of tiny micro-organisms in the ocean, called plankton, respond to schemes which aim to take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, and store it in the ocean. This would help us to combat climate change and global warming, as well as helping to reverse the damaging process of ocean acidification. A key unknown though is how plankton, which produce over 50% of the Earth’s oxygen, might respond to these proposed schemes. This is where my research comes in!
In the Q&A session, I would like to talk about how and why carbon dioxide schemes are needed (why its not just enough to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions), what different carbon dioxide removal schemes are out there, using fieldwork to complement my lab work (I’ve done some fieldwork in Israel that I think might be interesting!), what the plankton I work on look like (I have some great light microscope and SEM images), and our preliminary results on what we think plankton do in response to carbon dioxide removal schemes.
I am a final year PhD student at the University of Oxford in the UK, studying how marine ecosystems, specifically plankton, respond to Carbon Dioxide Removal schemes. Before my PhD, I studied Geography and Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge. I am really interested in policy and public engagement with Carbon Dioxide Removal, and since April 2020 have been contributing resources to the oceanCDR.net website. I also love to engage the public and young people more generally with issues surrounding and solutions to climate change, having helped to run various outreach sessions at local primary schools in Oxford and at the Oxford Museum of Natural History. I also exhibited at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2019 on the “In Your Element” stand. Outside of work, I love yoga, walking/hiking outdoors, and cooking.
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