Project: Microplastics in the marine environment: From top to bottom
Supervisors: Dr Pennie Lindeque (PML), Dr Ana Quierós (PML), Dr Matt Cole (PML) & Prof. Tamara Galloway (University of Exeter)
Rachel is a final year PhD student investigating microplastics in the marine environment, specifically the bentho-pelagic link of microplastic transport through the water column and subsequent burial in marine sediments.
Her role within the Changing Arctic Ocean project includes collection of marine benthic fauna during the 2018 ChAOS cruise in the Barents Sea to assess the impact of changing Arctic sea ice on Arctic benthic communities. She also collected waterborne and sediment samples during the cruise to investigate the distribution, abundance and burial rates of microplastics in Arctic waters.
Negative effects of micro-plastics on marine plankton
With concerns around the presence of microplastics in the environment growing, two new research papers from Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) and partner research institutes in the UK and Norway have highlighted their impact on crucially important members of the zooplankton, known as copepods. Read more13 June 2019