Dr Winnie Courtene-Jones
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Dr Winnie Courtene-Jones

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (Environmental Biology), Biodegradable Plastics

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

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

Winnie's research focuses on understanding the long-term fate, prevalence and impacts of conventional and biodegradable (micro)plastics on natural ecosystems.

Specifically, her experience focuses on i) quantifying plastic pollution, ii) identifying sources of waste and pathways into the environment iii) researching the fate of plastic in ecosystems and iv) providing evidence to support appropriate solutions to plastic waste.

Her scientific studies have led her to research plastic pollution in a variety of environments from the coastline to some of the most remote parts of our planet including the deep sea and oceanic gyres. Winnie has authored a number of publications and technical reports, has spoken at International conferences and at UK and European Parliament.

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's research focuses on understanding the long-term fate, prevalence and impacts of conventional and biodegradable (micro)plastics on natural ecosystems.

Specifically, her experience focuses on i) quantifying plastic pollution, ii) identifying sources of waste and pathways into the environment iii) researching the fate of plastic in ecosystems and iv) providing evidence to support appropriate solutions to plastic waste.

Her scientific studies have led her to research plastic pollution in a variety of environments from the coastline to some of the most remote parts of our planet including the deep sea and oceanic gyres. Winnie has authored a number of publications and technical reports, and has spoken UK and European Parliament.

Other research

Previously, Winnie led the science program for eXXpedition Round the World

Additionally, she was technical lead for plastic pollution industry/business collaborations at the University of Plymouth 

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., Penn, E., Thompson, R. C., (2020) The abundance and distribution of plastics in surface waters of the Caribbean (oral), MICRO2020 International Conference

  • 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

Designs

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


Conferences organised

  • Marine Alliance of Science and Technology for Scotland, Annual General Meeting 2018, 'Microplastics' Session convener. 
  • Session chair, MICRO2020, International Conference (online)

Other academic activities

Media coverage:


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