Diploma & Master Thesis
Quantification of Microplastic Pollution in the River Weser
Where: Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, division "Biosciences", sections Shelf Seas Systems Ecology in Helgoland.
As part of the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research section ‘Shelf Seas Systems Ecology’ we are looking for a Master student (Biological Sciences, Analytical Chemistry or a related field) for a proposed thesis research project.
Microplastics are defined as synthetic polymers sized <5 mm and represent ubiquitous and persistent marine pollutants, being detected in some of the most remote locations, from Arctic sea ice to deep sea. Rivers may play an important role as entry-pathways in the transport of microplastics to the marine environment, yet they receive comparatively little attention by the scientific community. In the framework of the German joint research project PLAWES (https://bmbf-plastik.de/verbundprojekt/plawes), the River Weser will be analyzed with regard to microplastic pollution. It flows through an area of high anthropogenic activity and discharges into the North Sea, representing a model system for a better understanding of the potential impact that riverine pollution is having on the marine environment.
Environmental samples were taken in April 2018, including riverine and estuarine/marine locations
In the herein proposed Master thesis, the candidate will focus on the abundance, polymer composition and size distribution of microplastics in water samples from the River Weser, using state-of-the-art analysis techniques such as Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR).
You are interested? Then please send us your application by e-mail to Dr. Gunnar Gerdts (Gunnar.Gerdts@awi.de) or MSc. Lisa Roscher (Lisa.Roscher@awi.de).
For further information please contact MSc. Lisa Roscher (Lisa.Roscher@awi.de, 04725 819 - 3233).