I am a river lover looking forward to stopping plastic litter flows by understanding the physics and mechanisms governing their spread in riverine systems. I got my bachelor degree in Civil engineering at the University of Jordan, Jordan. Afterwards I had the opportunity to explore the different aspects of the engineering market. With some curiosity turning into interest, I pursued a master degree in environmental engineering. During my time at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, I grew an interest in rivers and their components interactions. Especially the emerging riverine plastic litter and how such a foreign material behaves and interacts with natural riverine components. For my master thesis, I studies the formation of accumulations of materials with different densities (macroplastics and instream wood) at collection racks systems and the associated flooding risks (e.g., geomorphic changes and backwater rise).
At WUR, I will have the opportunity to continue exploring plastics in rivers by tackling some fundamental questions about microplastic transport and behavior in the turbulence. Employing a combination of numerical and physical modelling, I look forward to contribute to our collective understanding of microplastics dynamics in rivers. These aspects are crucial for improving the efficiency of environmental quantification and mitigation efforts.