Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society

James Watt

Research interests:

Limnology, Environmental Chemistry, Trace Metals, Chemical Speciation

Career history:

PhD Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences – The University of Edinburgh (2016 – Present)

Research assistant – Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (2015-2016)

BSc (Hons) Ecological and Environmental Sciences – The University of Edinburgh (2011 – 2015)

Active research projects:

Subject area: Limnology, Biogeochemistry

Predictive Modelling of Vanadium Cycling, Speciation and Bioavailability in Contrasting Scottish and Chinese Lake Sediments

Vanadium (V), a trace element in coal and oil, is released into the atmosphere by fossil fuel combustion. A proportion will subsequently be deposited in aquatic sediments but it is also released directly into aquatic systems as a consequence of several industrial processes, e.g. leachates from oil sands in Canada, from vanadium-titano-magnetite mining in China, from uranyl vanadate(carnotite) mining in the US and from Red Mud spillages in the UK and Hungary, and from application of certain fertilisers. Although reportedly toxic to aquatic biota, little is known about the biogeochemical behaviour of vanadium. Our on-going research has shown V release from contaminated loch sediments is complicated and controlled by multiple factors, including ion concentration, pH and redox conditions.

Recent publications:


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