QAEHS supervisor: Professor Kevin Thomas

Researcher biography

Stephen is an early career British marine scientist driven to contribute to marine conservation through effective research and communication. He studied to gain a first-class Bachelors degree with Honours in Marine Biology from Bangor University (Wales) in 2016 and a Distinction level Masters degree in Sustainable Aquaculture from the University of Stirling (Scotland) in 2017. These qualifications provided Stephen with a strong knowledgebase and skill-set relating to both marine ecosystems and marine industry. He is now working towards his PhD, jointly based between the University of Queensland (QAEHS) and the University of Exeter (England), titled "Exploring the nanoscale surface interactions of microplastics in natural waters". With this project he's hoping to further understanding about how variation in the surface layers of microplastics in natural waters (eco-coronas) influence their behaviour in and impact to aquatic ecosystems.