Lydia Marie Niemi

Doctor

  • Castle Street

    KW14 7JD Thurso

    United Kingdom

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20132023

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I am a postdoctoral researcher (environmental science) at ERI, and the coordinator for the One Health Breakthrough Partnership. I'm currently working on a UKRI Medical Research Council grant (2022-present) to develop a novel sustainable prescription formulary to reduce environmental pollution from medicines, with NHS Highland and the University of Nottinghamd. Previously I was co-ordinating a Scottish Government project with stakeholders in the water, environment and healthcare sectors in Scotland under the One Health Breakthrough Partnership - a cross-sector group addressing pharmaceutical pollution through knowledge exchange, research and innovation, and policy engagement. Founding members include the ERI-UHI, NHS Highland, Scottish Water and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. More information can be found at: https://ohbp.org/  

My research interest include: emerging contaminants, pharmaceutical pollution, One Health, wastewater treatment, water monitoring, instrumental analysis, analytical chemistry.

I hold a PhD in environmental science (UHI), an MSc (with distinction, University of Aberdeen) in environmental analytical chemistry, and a BA (Hons, College of Wooster, USA). My PhD (2016 – 2020) was carried out with the Environmental Research Institute (UHI) and the James Hutton Institute (Aberdeen), and funded by the Scottish Government’s Hydro Nation Scholars Programme in association with the Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW). This work investigated the occurrence, distribution, and degradation of pharmaceuticals in rural wastewaters and surface waters in Scotland. Through my PhD, I gained advanced experience with laboratory techniques for water quality assessment and emerging contaminant analysis, including: grab and passive sampling; sample extraction and preparation; maintenance and operation of analytical instruments (particularly liquid chromatography – tandem mass spectrometers, high resolution mass spectrometers); statistical analysis and data processing with R software. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

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