Sarah Cook

University of Leicester

Project

Fluvial carbon losses from oil palm plantations on tropical peat, Southeast Asia

Supervisors

Prof. Sue Page Dr Mick Whelan Dr Vince Gauci Prof. Chris Evans

PhD Summary

I am looking at the amount of carbon lost in the water that flows out of oil palm plantations, established on tropical peat. I am comparing these losses to those from tropical peat swamp forests.

What inspires you?

David Attenborough

Previous Activity

BSc in Physical Geography followed by a Masters

Why did you choose Docotoral Research?

I enjoyed research during my undergraduate and masters, this made me think about pursuing a career in academia which a PhD will help with.

Why did you choose a CENTA Studentship?

The PhD topics that were available – I knew I wanted to study something to do with carbon and tropical peat, CENTA seemed to be the only place that offered me this opportunity

What are your future plans

I really hope to pursue a Post-Doc and eventually become a university lecturer. My PhD will hopefully help me to make this step forward by giving me ideas on which to base my Post Doc on. In addition, it will help to strengthen my communication and presentations skills, as well as exposing me to a whole range of different scenarios as well as allowing me to network and make valuable connections.