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Charlotte Hawkins – University of Reading

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Charlotte Hawkins

Developing optical methods for catchment management to protect drinking water.

 My research is part of the "Catchments" theme of the wider TWENTY65 project. TWENTY65 is paving the way for a future that is inspired and enabled by research; that collaboratively and coherently accelerates innovation and generates a dynamic and energised water sector that delivers sustainable tailored water solutions that positively impact public health, the environment, the economy and society.

Pesticides are an essential crop protection for food production but can cause issues if they enter our drinking water supply. My research focuses on assessing how well optical sensors can be used a proxy method to measure pesticide transport from land to surface waters. Working with Syngenta, Affinity Water, the Environment Agency and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, this novel project will be a cross-disciplinary collaboration where all parties are interested in catchment management to improve raw water quality. This project is funded by EPSRC.


About Me:

I have a BSc in Agriculture from the University of Reading (UK). I have previously worked on my grandparent's smallholding prior to commencing my undergraduate so I have some "on farm" experience. I have also worked in various customer service jobs since the age of 18. I have a daughter with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus and regularly fundraise for the charity Shine.

Research Interests:

  • Pesticides.
  • Water Quality Monitoring.
  • Drinking Water.
  • Catchment Management.

Research Groups:

Environmental Science Research Division

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Professor Joanna Clark (University of Reading)

Professor Chris Collins (University of Reading)

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