Student Council Members
SETAC UK Student Council works alongside the SETAC UK Council to create the an annual meeting in relation to student activities. The SETAC Student Council also engages with the student community via the SETAC UK website and regular social media posts (co-ordinating with the SETAC UK Communication Officer). Some of the Council Members also have extra core responsibilities.
The SETAC UK Student Council has regular teleconference meetings (bimonthly or monthly near to an event) and is not required to have face to face meetings.
University of York
Taylor is a PhD student in the Department of Environment and Geography at the University of York. His research is investigating how abiotic factors in water and sediment influence chemical fate and uptake into organisms with diverse species traits. Originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, Taylor completed a BSc in Biology and an MSc in Environmental Toxicology while studying at the University of Saskatchewan. During his BSc, Taylor became interested in research whilst volunteering with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Gamboa, Panama.
After his BSc graduation, Taylor worked as a research technician at the Toxicology Centre at the University of Saskatchewan on a project that characterised the toxicity of a diamond mine effluent to freshwater organisms across multiple trophic levels. He then began his MSc research which focused on the development of an embryo injection exposure model for studying the effects of maternal transfer of selenium in early life stage fish. Throughout his time at the Toxicology Centre, Taylor was able to assist and collaborate on many different projects involving MSc, PhD and post-doctoral researchers, such as volunteering at the Nechako White Sturgeon Conservation Centre, collecting sediment cores from Buffalo Pound Lake to assess phosphorous efflux and the EcoToxChip project. These experiences have inspired and motivated him to continue to conduct research within the field of environmental toxicology and chemistry.
University of Southampton
Oli graduated in 2019 from the University of Portsmouth with a 1st Class BSc (Hons) Environmental Science degree. His undergraduate research project aimed to measure the uptake of dissolved uranium by freshwater algae in the River Fal, Cornwall; which is affected by historic uranium and on-going clay mining. With the increasing global need for nuclear fuel sources understanding the biogeochemical behaviour and mobility of liberated naturally occurring radioisotopes needs to be explored to minimise the potential for long-term contamination of freshwater systems by these chemotoxic and radiotoxic materials. The project attempted to isolate algae from suspended solids using density fractionation in colloidal silica and compare uranium concentrations between digested algal and unfiltered water fractions. Post-graduation, Oli went on to study an MRes at the University of Southampton. After success completion of his MRes, Oli is now undertaking a PhD at the University of Southampton.
University of Sussex
Harrison graduated from the University of Reading in 2017, with a 1st Class BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science. During this time, he developed a keen interest in heavy metal pollution, which culminated in a research project exploring the capacity of surface-modified biochar to remove aqueous contaminants from water. Harrison continued his studies at Reading, graduating again in 2018 with an MSc in Environmental Pollution, where he achieved a distinction. His dissertation project involved fortifying biochar with the micronutrient zinc. During a series of pot experiments, this zinc-fortified biochar was found to be just as effective at providing plant-available zinc to ryegrass as a conventional zinc fertiliser.
Harrison is currently a PhD student in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Surrey. He is investigating how microplastics interact with inorganic metals and metalloids in wastewater. The laundering of synthetic clothing is a vastly understudied diffuse source of microplastic fibres, which contaminate wastewater streams. During wastewater treatment, microplastics are exposed to elevated concentrations of heavy metals, such as cadmium and lead. The majority of these microplastics remain in the solid sewage sludge fraction, most of which (in the UK) is spread on agricultural soils. Harrison is investigating the potential for these microplastic fibres to adsorb, or leach out, potentially toxic metals and metalloids. He also aims to understand how microplastics may change the bioavailability of potentially toxic metal(loid)s to organisms in agricultural soils, especially earthworms.