La Daana Kanhai

La Daana K. Kanhai (PhD)

Research Interests
My main area of interest is marine pollution as I am cognizant of the fact that it is a transboundary issue that requires international collaboration in order to find effective solutions. For the past 3 years (2015-2018), I was focused on the issue of plastic pollution in the ocean. More specifically, on microplastics in the Atlantic and Arctic oceans. I firmly believe that scientists must make the effort to merge research with environmental outreach and education in order to effect positive change regarding environmental issues.

PhD in Marine Ecosystem Health and Conservation (MARES), 2018
Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), Ireland; The University of Plymouth, UK
Dissertation Title: Microplastic abundance, distribution and composition in the Atlantic and Arctic oceans
Supervisors: Dr. Ian O’Connor, Professor Richard Thompson

MPhil Environmental Biology, 2013
The University of the West Indies, St Augustine
Dissertation Title: Metal and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH) contamination in the Caroni Swamp, Trinidad, West Indies
Supervisors: Dr Judith Gobin, Dr Denise Beckles, Dr Azad Mohammed

BSc General with a double major in Environmental and Natural Resource Management and Chemistry (First Class Honours), 2007
The University of the West Indies, St Augustine
Final Year Chemistry Research Project: The synthesis, characterization and testing of a chiral monosubstituted squarate ligand.
Supervisor: Prof. Lincoln Hall

Professional Memberships
Pointe-a-Pierre Wild Fowl Trust
Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS)
The Trinidad and Tobago Field Naturalists’ Club (TTFNC)
Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS)

Selected Publications
Kanhai, L.D.K., Gårdfeldt, K., Lyashevska, O., Hassellöv, M., Thompson, R.C., O’Connor, I., 2018. Microplastics in sub-surface waters of the Arctic Central Basin. Marine Pollution Bulletin 130, 8-18.
Kanhai, L.D.K., Officer, R., Lyashevska, O., Thompson, R.C., O’Connor, I., 2017. Microplastic abundance, distribution and composition along a latitudinal gradient in the Atlantic Ocean. Marine Pollution Bulletin 115, 307-314.
Kanhai, L. K., D. Singh, B. Lauckner, K. L. Ebi, and D. D. Chadee. 2016. Knowledge, Attitude and Practices of Coastal Communities in Trinidad and Tobago about Tsunamis. Natural Hazards 81 (2):1349-1372.
Kanhai, L. K., J. F. Gobin, D. M. Beckles, B. Lauckner, and A. Mohammed. 2015. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in Crassostrea rhizophorae and Cathorops spixii from the Caroni Swamp, Trinidad. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 22: 1366-1379.
Kanhai, L. K., J. F. Gobin, D. M. Beckles, B. Lauckner, and A. Mohammed. 2014. Metals in sediments and mangrove oysters (Crassostrea rhizophorae) from the Caroni Swamp, Trinidad. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 186: 1961-1976.

Other recent articles
Kanhai, L., 2018. Microplastics in the ocean, NANO News: NF-POGO Alumni E-Newsletter.
Kanhai, L.D., 2018. From the Caribbean Sea to the Arctic Ocean. Soapbox Science,

Conference Presentations (Poster)
Kanhai LDK, Officer R, O’Connor I, Thompson RC. (2016) Investigation of the abundance, distribution and composition of microplastics at coastal upwelling sites in the Atlantic Ocean. PeerJ PrePrints. Second Mares Conference on Marine Ecosystem Health and Conservation, 1st-5th February 2016, Olhao, Portugal.

Conference Presentations (Oral)
Kanhai, L.K., Gardfeldt, K., Thompson, R.C., O’Connor, I. 2018. Microplastic contamination in sea ice from the Arctic Ocean. Polar 2018: A SCAR/IASC Open Science Conference, 19th – 23rd June, Davos, Switzerland.
Kanhai, La Daana Kada, Judith Gobin, Denise M. Beckles, and Azad Mohammed. 2012. A Risk Assessment of Metal and PAH Contamination in the Caroni Swamp, Trinidad. 6th Biennial Caribbean Environmental Forum and Exhibition (CEF 6)/16th Annual Wider Caribbean Waste Management Conference (ReCaribe), 21-25 May 2012, St. Kitts and Nevis.
Kanhai, La Daana Kada, Judith Gobin, Denise M. Beckles, and Azad Mohammed. 2012. Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH) Contamination in the Caroni Swamp, Trinidad, West Indies, 9th INTECOL International Wetlands Conference, Wetlands in a Complex, 3rd-8th June, Orlando, Florida.

Relevant Certification and Training Courses
Early Career Scientist Program onboard Swedish Icebreaker Oden (August 8th – September 20th, 2016)
Floating Summer School: North/South Atlantic Transect Training in Biological Oceanography onboard RV Polarstern (October 28th to December 2nd 2015, Bremerhaven, Germany to Cape Town, South Africa)
Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language (Level A2), Cervantes Institute, Madrid, Spain, 2015
Standard First Aid & Adult/Child CPR & AED and Infant CPR, Certified by Training and Logistics Ltd, 2013
NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety, College of Health, Environmental and Safety Studies, 2006

Scientific Outreach
University College Dublin. 2018. Plastic-Not so fantastic. Science Apprentice Series: How it’s made.
Soapbox Science. 2018. Microplastics in the ocean: Why the fuss? 7th July 2018, Galway, IR.
Snapshot presentation on PhD research to the European Marine Board. October 18th 2017.
O’Connell, C. 2017. Research lives: I really enjoy the trips to collect samples. The Irish Times.

Previous Professional Experience
Research Scientist, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), (Sep. 2015 – Oct. 2018)
Instructor I; Teaching/Research Assistant, Department of Life Sciences, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad (Oct. 2013- Sep. 2014; Sep. 2011 – Sep. 2013)
Education Officer, Pointe-a-Pierre Wild Fowl Trust, Trinidad, (Sept. 2007 – June 2008)

Newspaper Articles
Kanhai, La Daana Kada and Dave D. Chadee. 2016. “Region at risk: Kick ‘em Jenny can kick up a tsunami.” Guardian (UWI Today), 21. asp.
Kanhai, La Daana Kada. 2014. “Size isn’t everything: insights into fascinating Protozoa.” Newsday, Section B, pg 3.,199070.html.
Kanhai, La Daana. 2012. “Oysters: Can be a health hazard.” Trinidad & Tobago Guardian, A20.

Interviews with media

Contact Details
Twitter: @LaDaanaKanhai