Lydia Niemi

PDRA & Project Co-ordinator

Lydia is a PDRA in environmental science and One Health, and a coordinator for the OHBP. She is currently a Co-I on the UKRI MRC project to develop an eco-directed prescription formulary with NHS Highland, the University of Nottingham and OHBP partners. Her position is based at the Environmental Research Institute, University of the Highlands and Islands (Thurso, Scotland). She holds a PhD in environmental science, an MSc (with distinction) in environmental analytical chemistry, and a BA (Hons).

Research interests include: emerging contaminants, pharmaceuticals, One Health, wastewater treatment, environmental pollution, sustainable healthcare.

Lydia actively engages with cross-sector stakeholders in the water, environment and healthcare sectors through research collaborations and the OHBP. She has advanced skills in analytical chemistry and instrumental techniques (e.g. liquid chromatography coupled to high resolution mass spectrometry) with applications for organic pollutants analysis in complex environmental media, and data processing and statistical analysis with R software. Her PhD (2016 – 2020) was carried out with the Environmental Research Institute (UHI) and the James Hutton Institute, and investigated the occurrence, distribution, and degradation of pharmaceuticals in rural wastewaters and surface waters in Scotland.

PhD, Environmental Science; University of the Highlands and Islands (UK)
(2016-2020), funded by the Scottish Government’s Hydro Nation Scholars Programme.

MSc, Environmental Analytical Chemistry; University of Aberdeen (UK)
(2013 – 2014)

BA; The College of Wooster (USA)
(2009 – 2013)