Greenpeace Research Laboratories

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In addition to our research activities, the Greenpeace Research Laboratories actively participates within the University of Exeter. Staff constribute to taught lecture courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and supervise final year undergraduate projects within the School of Biosciences.

Recent dissertation titles offered include:

  • How can biomass for electricity generation be made sustainable?
  • “Sustainable Intensification” of Agriculture – can it be achieved?
  • Race to the bottom: can the deep sea sustain the rush for minerals and marine genetic resources?
  • Can alkalinity management help counter climate change and ocean acidification?

    • Previous lab-based projects include:

      • Presence and leachability of copper, chromium and arsenic from preserved wood used in children’s play equipment.
      • Persistent organic contaminants in fish oil dietary supplements.
      • Chemical residues and metabolites in urine as bioindicators of exposure to some commonly used chemical additives.
      • Fucoid seaweeds as bioindicators of metal contamination in the Exe estuary.
      • The use of pine needles to detect persistent organic pollutants in urban and rural environments.
      • Mosses as biomonitors of atmospheric metal concentrations in urban and rural environments.
      • A survey of the fragrance additives found in a range of household products.