NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!

I found out that I have received the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

to work on my microplastics project.  I am investigating the possible trophic transfer of microplastics from Pacific mole crabs to near shore fish along the Oregon coast as well as the Northern pacific area around Tamarindo in Costa Rica.  I am working with The National University of Costa Rica with Dr. Karol Ulate as well as Costa Rica National Park and Conservation authority on this project.

I have partnered with CSU Channel Islands to work with undergraduates on field research methods in an international tropical setting.


Teaching Local Portland Students about Microplastics

I’ve been working with two students from Northwest Academy and their teacher Molly Sultany who was awarded a grant to work with diverse students on coastal ecology here in Oregon.  We are working together to assess the microplastic pollution along Oregons beautiful coast.  So far we have found microplastic fibers and microbeads in out processed sample.  I will be presenting some of the findings with the students at the Ocean Sciences Meeting here in Portland on February 11th, 2018.

Above: Octavo and Casper taking turns surveying the sand sample and taking data information. These two make a great team!


Here you can see the fibers, microbead and microplastic pieces that Octavo and Casper are finding in the Elise Granek Applied Coastal Ecology Lab.