Lola Paradinas


        Head and shoulder photo of PhD student Lola Paradinas taken on a research ship

PhD research student

I am an oceanographer and marine ecologist, interested in pollution and how anthropogenic activities affect the marine environment. In particular I research the effects of microplastics on the intertidal environment.

I am using an inter-disciplinary approach to improve our general knowledge regarding microplastic pollution in coastal areas. To do this, I undertake fieldwork around Scotland using various sampling and extraction methods to recover microplastics from different environmental matrices. I also manage a team of ten volunteers that help with the field work.

I use FTIR techniques to characterize particles and use a modelling approach to look at spatial and temporal distribution of microplastics.

Contact details:

Microplastic distribution along the Scottish coastline

My current research aims to develop knowledge about environmental factors that play a role in the distribution of microplastics in the coastal area.

The coastal area is the transition zone between microplastics coming from land which is the main source of marine microplastics (i.e. 80%), and the open ocean where microplastics ultimately end up. Focusing my research effort on understanding microplastic pollution in the dynamic intertidal zone will improve the general knowledge of where and why microplastics are accumulating along the coast. Defining the main sources of microplastics in the coastal area is one of the main goals for my PhD. This information will help the scientific community to raise awareness to policy makers and general public.

My current research aims to develop knowledge about environmental factors that play a role in the distribution of microplastics in the coastal area.

My objectives are to...

  • >quantify and characterise microplastics in three matrices (i.e. coastal water, intertidal sediment and benthic organisms such as mussels) at different sites along the coast
  • >investigate the effect of seasonal variation on microplastic concentrations in several parameters (i.e. coastal water, intertidal sediment and benthic organisms such as mussels)
  • >look at storm events to understand the effect and the dynamic of microplastics in intertidal sediment
  • >investigate the effect of tides (i.e. lunar cycle) on microplastic concentration in coastal water and intertidal sediment
  • >using hydrodynamic coastal model to explore the spatial and temporal distribution of microplastics in the coastal area

Supervisors

Dr Bhavani Narayanaswamy, Director of Studies, SAMS

Dr Neil James, Environmental Research Institute (part of UHI)

Dr Brian Quinn, University of the West of Scotland

Dr Andrew Dale, SAMS

Funder

European Social Fund

University

University of the Highlands and Islands

Conference talks

Paradinas, L., James, N., Quinn, B., Dale, A., Narayanaswamy, B.E, (2018) Distribution of microplastics along the Scottish coastline using standardized sampling and extraction methods. MASTS Annual Science Meeting

Paradinas, L., James, N., Quinn, B., Dale, A., Narayanaswamy, B.E, (2017) Distribution of microplastics along the Scottish coastline. University of the Highlands and Islands Postgraduate Conference

 

Poster presentations

Paradinas, L., James, N., Quinn, B., Dale, A., Narayanaswamy, B.E, (2018) Distribution of microplastics along the Scottish coastline using standardized sampling and extraction methods. MICRO 2018 Biennial International conference

Paradinas, L., James, N., Quinn, B., Dale, A., Narayanaswamy, B.E, (2018) Distribution of microplastics along the Scottish coastline using standardized sampling and extraction methods. Biennial Conference of the Challenger Society for Marine Science, honorable mention by the awarding panel members

 

Other research outputs

Participation at MASTS Annual Science Meeting 2018: Workshop Marine Plastics - A Scottish Evidence Plan

Participation at MASTS Annual Science Meeting 2017: Scottish Microplastic Research Group Meeting

Education

Since 2017: PhD student. SAMS and University of the Highlands and Islands (UK)

2014-16: MSc Oceanography and Marine Environments, specialised in coastal ecosystems. Pierre and Marie Curie University, Sorbonne, Paris (France)

2010-14: BSc Life Scienes specialised in environmental sciences. Nantes University (France)

 

Relevant career history

2017: Administrative agent, recording fishermen's activity, legislation, QGIS map, risk assessment. Interregional Directorate of the Sea (Ministry of the Ecological and Solidarity Transition), Control of Marine Activities (DCAM)