Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Research Postgraduate



a.olivelli21 CV




Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





I am PhD student in Chemical Oceanography and Isotope Geochemistry in the MAGIC lab, part of the Department of Earth Sciences and Engineering. My research focuses on anthropogenic lead (Pb) pollution in the ocean. I am interested in understanding how anthropogenic activities affect and pollute the marine environment, and in translating scientific research into practical solutions.

I am part of the Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet Doctoral Training Partnership (SSCP DTP) and I am funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

Before joining Imperial College London for my PhD, I worked as a Research Affiliate in the Marine Debris and Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing teams of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Hobart, Tasmania.


  • PhD Chemical Oceanography and Isotope Geochemistry, Imperial College London (United Kingdom), 2021 - now.
  • MSc Marine Sciences (cum laude), Utrecht University (The Netherlands), 2017 - 2019.
  • BSc Geological Sciences and Technologies (cum laude), University of Milan - Bicocca (Italy), 2014 - 2017.



Olivelli A, Murphy K, Bridgestock L, et al., 2023, Decline of anthropogenic lead in South Atlantic Ocean surface waters from 1990 to 2011: new constraints from concentration and isotope data, Marine Pollution Bulletin, Vol:189, ISSN:0025-326X, Pages:1-14

Mihai F-C, Gündoğdu S, Markley LA, et al., 2021, Plastic Pollution, Waste Management Issues, and Circular Economy Opportunities in Rural Communities, Sustainability, Vol:14, Pages:20-20

Olivelli A, Hardesty BD, Wilcox C, 2020, Coastal margins and backshores represent a major sink for marine debris: insights from a continental-scale analysis, Environmental Research Letters, Vol:15, Pages:074037-074037

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