Jasmin Urwick

Jasmin Urwick


My academic career began with a BSc in Ecology and Wildlife Conservation at the University of Reading with a dissertation titled ‘The Effect of Climatic Variables on Salmonid Densities in the Teign Catchment, Devon’. My placement year working with an ecological consultancy and on natural flood management projects with the Environment Agency (EA), prepared me to go on to work for the EA and Devon Wildlife Trust on river restoration, land management and water quality projects. To further understand the links between terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems, I have recently completed an MSc in Applied Marine Science at the University of Plymouth where my thesis with the Plymouth Marine Laboratory investigated the natural sources of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide from rivers, estuaries, and coastal waters. My practical experiences working in the water environment have inspired my research interests ranging from river morphology and fish ecology to marine biogeochemical processes and climate change. I am excited to apply these experiences to measuring stable isotopic signatures of nitrous oxide and methane for my PhD titled ‘Greenhouse Gases in River Catchments to Coastal Seas’ working with the University of East Anglia, Plymouth Marine Laboratory and case partner SERCON Ltd.

Jasmin Urwick

Agri-environments and Water

PhD title: Greenhouse Gases in River Catchments to Coastal Seas

Approximately 40% of methane (CH4) and 60% of nitrous oxide (N2O) come from natural sources which include soils, rivers, estuaries and oceans. Both are potent greenhouse gases, which also affect stratospheric ozone depletion (N2O) and the oxidative capacity of the atmosphere (CH4). Despite the importance of these two gases the understanding and quantification of sources and sinks and the transport from river catchments to coastal waters is poorly constrained. Using continuous flow stable isotope mass spectrometry to measure the stable isotopic signatures of oxygen, nitrogen and oxygen, and gas chromatography and cavity ring down spectroscopy to measure gas concentration, this PhD will advance efforts to quantify nitrogen and carbon budgets to inform global greenhouse gas emission reduction targets and climate change initiatives.


    Urwick, J., 2019. A sea of synthetics: microfibres in the environment Royal Society of Chemistry - Environmental Chemistry Group Bulletin.

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