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Sam Harrison

Sam Harrison

SSI fellow

UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology


My main scientific interest is in the geospatial modelling of environmental contaminants, such as microplastics, nanomaterials and metals, in terrestrial and aquatic environments. Through this, I am an enthusiastic software engineer and advocate of open science and software. I have a broad interest in how we can advance our scientific understanding through transdisciplinary integrated modelling.

My work

I am an environmental modeller at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, with a background in quantum physics. I specialise in the development of geospatial fate and exposure models of potential pollutants in soils and surface waters, including micro- and nanoplastics, nanomaterials and metals.

More broadly, my work focusses on integrating models to better quantify the impact of environmental change, giving us a deeper understanding of human-environment interactions. My work frequently involves assessing the relevance of such models to regulators and industry, tackling issues around how complex model output can be best used in robust, evidence-based decision making.

Through a background in computational software engineering and web development, I have a strong interest in how software sustainability best practice and state-of-the-art digital infrastructures can help environmental modelling. I am a keen advocate of, creator of and contributor to open source software and open science. I am a member of NERC's Constructing a Digital Environment Expert Network and the Centre of Excellence in Environmental Data Science (CEEDS).

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