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Russell joined the Water Environment Infrastructure Resilience (WEIR) unit to study phytoplankton morphology and its influence on turbulent interactions. The aim of this project is to successfully determine to what degree the size and shape of a particular phytoplankton species dictates how it interacts with different levels of turbulence. This has wider ranging implications for modelling water quality and ecosystem dynamics as well as public health,  fisheries management and climate dynamics.

In collaboration with Umeå University, Sweden, his research involves empirical data gathering via a series of mesocosm experiments involving natural phytoplankton communities progressing into 3D microscopy of different species. The end result is aiming to produce 3D-printed physicals models of individual cells for a series of hydrodynamic experiments.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Marine Science, Master of Oceanography, University of Southampton

Oct 20002 Jul 2004

Award Date: 2 Jul 2004


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