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Dr Alethea Mountford

Research Fellow

Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

My current research focuses on ocean circulation in the Ross Sea and below the Ross Ice Shelf using an ocean general circulation model (NEMO). I am currently exploring how projected future climate conditions (e.g. air temperature, precipitation and wind) may affect the circulation and melt rates in the region.

My PhD work explored the transport and global distribution of marine plastics, with a particular focus on the distribution of non-buoyant plastics through the water column. I also looked into how biofouling would affect the transport of plastics through the water column, as well as the capture and transport of plastics within Arctic and Southern Ocean sea ice. 

Alethea Mountford

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Transport of Plastics Within the World’s Oceans, Mountford, A. 16 Jan 2023, Plastic pollution in the global ocean, New Jersey, US, World Scientific
  • Modeling the Accumulation and Transport of Microplastics by Sea Ice, Mountford, A., Morales Maqueda, M. 1 Feb 2021, In: Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans
  • Eulerian Modeling of the Three‐Dimensional Distribution of Seven Popular Microplastic Types in the Global Ocean, Mountford, A., Morales Maqueda, M. 4 Dec 2019, In: Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans

  • Environmental Science and other Physical Science PhD June 29 2022
  • Marine Biology MPhil January 16 2019
  • BSc (Hons) June 17 2017

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