Dr Laura Carter

Profile

Laura Carter is a University Academic Fellow in Soil Science at the University of Leeds, UK. Laura’s research focuses on understanding the fate and uptake of emerging contaminants in the natural environment, with particular focus on soil-plant systems.  

Since completing her PhD at The University of York under supervision of Prof. Alistair Boxall, Laura has spent time as a Risk Assessor at Unilever’s Safety and Environmental Assurance Centre (SEAC) and as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Adelaide, Australia where she investigated the biological effects of pharmaceutical uptake into plants. Most recently, Laura has worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of York, UK where she contributed to the European iPiE project on the intelligent assessment of pharmaceuticals in the environment, developing soil sorption models and monitoring pharmaceuticals in river catchments. 

Laura has presented her research at a number of international conferences, published her work in peer reviewed journals and co-authored a book chapter. Laura is also currently co-supervising a number of PhD projects investigating the uptake and toxicity of pharmaceuticals in aquatic, sediment and terrestrial systems whilst taking on an active role in the SETAC Pharmaceutical Global Interest Group. 

2018 - University Academic Fellow in Soil Science University of Leeds, UK

2015 - 2018 Postdoctoral Researcher University of York, UK

2014 - 2015 OCE Postdoctoral Research Fellow CSIRO Adelaide, Australia

Research interests

My research focuses on understanding the fate and uptake of emerging contaminants in the natural environment, with particular focus on terrestrial systems.  I am particularly interested in the following research areas;

  • Fate and uptake of pharmaceuticals in soil-plant systems
  • Formation and uptake of pharmaceutical transformation products in soil-plant systems
  • Impacts of sewage derived emerging contaminants on soil and plant health 
  • Food-web transfer of emerging contaminants
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Qualifications

  • PhD Environmental Science University of York
  • BSc Environmental Science University of York

Research groups and institutes

  • River Basin Processes and Management
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