PhD thesis: From soil to groundwater: assessing the leaching potential of cadmium across gradients of soil type and land-use.
Supervisors: Dr Adam Hartland and Prof. Louis Schipper
In this study, Amir will deploy Diffusive Gradients in Thin films (DGT) probes in bores and piezometers to monitor the concentration of Cd in groundwater. This approach will be extended by measurement of the Cd isotope composition in order to characterise the Cd source(s) and biogeochemical processes affecting Cd mobilisation. This research represents a global first in assessing the impacts of fertilizer-derived Cd on the subsurface environment. Amir is also supported by The University of Waikato Doctoral Scholarship.