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Dr Ann Power

Dr Ann Power

Postdoctoral Research Fellow


 01392 723105

 Biocatalysis Centre BC2.1


Biocatalysis Centre, University of Exeter, The Henry Wellcome Building for Biocatalysis, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QD , UK


I am a multi-disciplinary Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the College for Life and Environmental Sciences, a Geographer based in the Biosciences Department. 

My primary research focuses on reconstructing histories of particulate pollution using urban pond sediments.  By applying geomagnetism, geochemistry, radiometric dating, light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy  to urban sediment archives, I have produced site-specific air pollution records for Chinese megacities, and developed a cross-regional air pollution signal for NW England that spans from the Industrial Revolution to present day. I also investigate long-term environmental change using peat cores and contemporary, spatial patterns of pollution deposition using street dusts and atmospheric filters. 

My research also extends to microbiology, as well as the novel use of imaging flow cytometry for the detection of pollution tracers and indicators of environmental change in a range of sediments, ice and most recently, fatbergs. 

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Power, A.L. & Worsley, A.T. (2019) Historical Urban Pollution IN Urban Pollution Charlesworth. S. & Booth, C.A.(Eds) Urban PollutionWiley Publishing Limited.

Dickinson, A.W.,  Power, A., Hansen, M.G., Brandt, K.K., Piliposian, G., Appleby, P., O'Neill, P.A., Jones, R.T., Sierocinski, P.,  Koskella, B. & Vos. M (2019) Heavy metal pollution and co-selection for antibiotic resistance: A microbial palaeontology approach. Environment International132: 105117. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2019.105117

Power, A.L.,Tennant, R.K., Jones, R.T., Yang, Ya., Du, Jei., Worsley, A.T., Love, J. (2018) Monitoring Impacts of Urbanisation and Industrialisation on Air Quality in the Anthropocene Using Urban Pond Sediments Front. Earth Sci. 6:131. https://doi.org/10.3389/feart.2018.00131

Tennant, R.K., Ayine, M,L., Power, A.L.,Gilman,J.A., Hewlett, M., James, P.B.C., Singleton, C., Parker, D.A., Love, J. (2019) Hybrid Sequencing Approach Completes the Genome Sequence of Thermoanaerobacter ethanolicus JW 200. Microbiol Resour Announc. DOI: 10.1128/MRA.01530-18. 

Power, A.L., Love, J., Jones, R. & Worsley, A.T. (2014) Investigating historical releases of industrial combustion particles using urban ponds. ProScience.(Conference Proceedings 1stInternational Conference on Atmospheric Dust- DUST 2014) 1 pp. 201-206.

Power, A.L., Worsley, A.T. & Booth, C.A. (2009) Magneto-biomonitoring of intra-urban spatial variations of particulate matter using tree leaves. Environmental Geochemistry and Health. 31 pp. 315-325. 

Power, A.L.& Worsley, A.T. (2009) Using man-made ponds to reconstruct a 150-year history of air pollution in northwest England. Environmental Geochemistry and Health.  32 pp. 327-338.

Booth, C.A., Winspear, C.M., Fullen, M.A., Worsley, A.T., Power, A.L. & Holden, V.J. (2007) ‘A pilot investigation into the potential of mineral magnetic measurements as a proxy for urban roadside particulate pollution’. IN Brebbia, C.A. (ed). Air Pollution XV. Southampton: Wessex Institute Press. pp. 391-400.

Power, A.L.,Worsley, A.T., Booth, C.A. & Farr, K.M. (2006) Preliminary insights of magneto-biomonitoring (Tilia europaea and Acer pseudoplatanus) as an alternative roadside particulate air pollution technology. IN Longhurst, J.W.S. & Brebbia, C.A. (eds)Air Pollution XIV. Southampton: Wessex Institute Press. pp. 525-534.


PhD (2011) - Edge Hill University

BSc Environmental Science (2004) - University of Wolverhampton




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