Dr Winnie Courtene-Jones
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Dr Winnie Courtene-Jones

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the International Marine Litter Research Unit

> eXXpedition Round the World Science Lead

> Technical lead for industry/business collaborations

Research interests:

Winnie is a marine biologist who specializes in marine plastics. Her experience focuses on i) quantifying marine plastic pollution, ii) identifying sources of waste and pathways into the environment iii) researching the fate of plastic in the marine ecosystem and iv) providing evidence to support appropriate solutions to plastic waste.

Broadly, Winnie's research focuses on understanding the long-term fate, prevalence and impacts of plastics and microplastics on aquatic ecosystems.Her current post involves the development and implementation of a research program to study macroplastic and microplastics round the world.

She has given a number of invited talks at National and International conferences and participates in education/outreach events. Furthermore, she has attended and spoken at UK and EU Parliament as a microplastics expert.

Qualifications

2019 PhD "Microplastics in the deep sea ecosystem" University of the Highlands and Islands/Scottish Association for Marine Science

2013 MRes (Distinction) Marine Biology, University of Plymouth

2011 BSc (1st class Hons.) Zoology and Animal Behaviour, University of Wales, Bangor

Roles on external bodies

2019- 2020, Member of the Working Group 'Orienting Young Scientists of EuroMarine'

2018 - 2019, Chair of the Working Group 'Orienting Young Scientists of EuroMarine'



Reviewer for research publications for:

  • Scientific Reports
  • Environmental Pollution
  • Environmental Science and Technology
  • Marine Pollution Bulletin
  • Frontiers
  • Sustainability
  • Waste Management



Research interests

Winnie is a marine biologist who specializes in marine plastics. Her experience focuses on i) quantifying marine plastic pollution, ii) identifying sources of waste and pathways into the environment iii) researching the fate of plastic in the marine ecosystem and iv) providing evidence to support appropriate solutions to plastic waste.

Broadly, Winnie's research focuses on understanding the long-term fate, prevalence and impacts of plastics and microplastics on aquatic ecosystems.Her current post involves the development and implementation of a research program to study macroplastic and microplastics round the world.

She has given a number of invited talks at National and International conferences and participates in education/outreach events. Furthermore, she has attended and spoken at UK and EU Parliament as a microplastics expert.


Grants & contracts

  • Small Travel grant Marine Alliance for Science and Technology Scotland 2016 
  • Conference Award University of the Highlands and Islands 2016, 2018
  • Strategic Insight Programme Award Higher Education Funding Council for Wales 2015

Journals


Conference Papers

  • Courtene-Jones, W., Quinn, B., Gary, S., Narayanaswamy, B. (2016) Microplastics in the deep: an assessment from the Rockall Trough (oral), Micro2018 International Conference, Lanzarote

  • Courtene-Jones, W., Quinn, B., Gary, S. F., Narayanaswamy, B. E. (2018), Out of sight out of mind? Microplastic pollution of the deep-sea ecosystem, a study from the Rockall Trough, (oral) Challenger Society conference, Newcastle

  • Courtene-Jones, W., Quinn, B., Gary, S. F., Mogg, A. O. M., Narayanaswamy, B. E. (2017) Microplastics identified in deep-sea water and ingested by benthic invertebrates in the Rockall Trough (oral) Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland Annual Science Meeting 2017

  • Courtene-Jones, W., Quinn, B., Gary, S., Narayanaswamy, B. (2016) Microplastics in the Northeast Atlantic deep sea: developing and validating methods, (poster) 7th Late Summer Workshop: Microplastics in the aquatic environment. Haltern am See, Germany

  • Courtene-Jones, W., Quinn, B., Gary, S., Narayanaswamy, B. (2016) Microplastics in the final ocean frontier (poster), Micro2016 International Conference, Lanzarote

  • Courtene-Jones, W., Quinn, B., Gary, S., Narayanaswamy, B. (2015) Microplastics in the deep-sea, (oral) University of the Highlands and Islands Postgraduate research conference, Scotland

Reports & invited lectures

  • 2019, Invited speaker by Prof. Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham college to speak at Rosalind Franklin STEM conference, Newnham College, Cambridge University
  • 2018, Microplastics in the deep-sea, invited lecture at Alfred-Wegener Institute, Germany
  • 2018, Microplastics in the deep-sea, invited lecture at Plymouth Marine Laboratory


Other academic activities

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Additional information

Awards:

2017, National Student of the Year, awarded by P1 Marine Foundation

2017, Johanna Fehling Memorial Prize for research Achievement, awarded by the Scottish Association for Marine Science

Selected outreach:

Links

Researchgate 

Google Scholar

Linkedin 

twitter: @WinnieCJ