Nicole Sanderson BSc, MSc


Telephone: +44 (0)1392 263357 (PGR office) 

College: College of Life and Environmental Sciences
Discipline: Geography
Department: Geography (Physical)
Research Centre/Unit: Environmental Change Research Group

My background is in Environmental Sciences and Conservation Biology; I focused on toads during my BSc at McGill University (Montreal). While working a part time job with the Mer Bleue peat group, I became aware of the interactions between soil carbon dynamics and the climate system as well as the uncertain role of northern peatlands.

For my MSc dissertation in GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh (2009/10), I investigated the effects of nitrogen addition on dissolved organic carbon fluxes from forest soils (near Aberfeldy, Scotland). I chose this topic to further understand the role of nitrogen deposition on the carbon cycle.

I have since returned to my area of interest and am researching recent carbon accumulation rates and palaeohydrological changes in peatlands along the North Shore of the St Lawrence for my PhD at Exeter. I am fortunate enough to be able to combine working in the UK and in Eastern Canada.