Rachel is a postdoctoral researcher based at NIVA. She has expertise in freshwater microplastic dynamics with a focus on urban environments and hydrological processes. Her work has centred on the fluvial realm but also considers microplastic contamination of a range of terrestrial environments, including establishing historical records of microplastic release.
Within her research, Rachel has developed a number of novel methodological advancements including the first application of a seawater-buoyancy extraction for freshwater microplastics. This helps to characterise the transfer of microplastics from the land to the sea. Rachel has also been involved in rigorous methods testing for a number of microplastic extraction and identification techniques.
Rachel's post-doctoral research contributes to a wider Water-JPI funded project, IMPASSE, which assesses the release of microplastics through the application of sewage sludge to agricultural soils. This closes a crucial missing link related to the release of microplastics to the environment and establishes critical processes related to the transfer of microplastics to aquatic systems.
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Vitenskapelige artikler og bokkapitler
Lusher, Amy; Bråte, Inger Lise Nerland; Munno, Keenan; Hurley, Rachel; Welden, Natalie A; (2020) Is It or Isn’t It: The Importance of Visual Classification in Microplastic Characterization.. Applied Spectroscopy ISSN 0003-7028. doi: 10.1177/0003702820930733
Lusher, A L; Hurley, R R; Vogelsang, C; (2019) Microplastics in sewage sludge: Captured but released?. Karapanagioti, Hrissi K; Kalavrouziotis, Ioannis K;IWA Publishing Kapittel 6. ISBN 9781789060034. s85-100
Bråte, Inger Lise N; Hurley, Rachel; Iversen, Karine; Beyer, Jonny; Thomas, Kevin V; Steindal, Calin C; Green, Norman W; Olsen, Marianne; Lusher, Amy; (2018) Mytilus spp. as sentinels for monitoring microplastic pollution in Norwegian coastal waters: A qualitative and quantitative study. Environmental Pollution (1987) ISSN 0269-7491. Vol 243 NoA s383-393doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2018.08.077
Hurley, Rachel R; Lusher, Amy L; Olsen, Marianne; Nizzetto, Luca; (2018) Validation of a Method for Extracting Microplastics from Complex, Organic-Rich, Environmental Matrices. Environmental Science and Technology ISSN 0013-936X. Vol 52 No13 s7409-7417doi: 10.1021/acs.est.8b01517
Lusher, Amy; Hurley, Rachel; Vogelsang, Christian; Nizzetto, Luca; Olsen, Marianne; (2017) Mapping microplastics in sludge , Norsk institutt for vannforskning. ISBN 978-82-577-6950-5. No 7215 (55 sider)
Lusher, Amy Lorraine; Bråte, Inger Lise Nerland; Hurley, Rachel; Iversen, Karine; Olsen, Marianne; (2017) Testing of methodology for measuring microplastics in blue mussels (Mytilus spp) and sediments, and recommendations for future monitoring of microplastics (R & D-project) , Norsk institutt for vannforskning. ISBN 978-82-577-6944-4. No 7209 (87 sider)
NIVA begynte å registrere vitenskapelige artikler i CRIStin i 2010, rapporter fra 2014.
Lusher, Amy; Hurley, Rachel; Vogelsang, Christian; Olsen, Marianne; (2018) Removing microplastic particles from samples with high organic matter content: a countrywide investigation of sewage sludge produced across Norway , Sixth International Marine Debris Conference 12.03.2018
Lusher, Amy; Hurley, Rachel; Vogelsang, Christian; Olsen, Marianne; (2018) Mapping microplastics in sludge during a country-wide investigation of wastewater treatment plants , SETAC Europe 28th Annual Meeting 13.05.2018