March of 2018 I went to Costa Rica to work with CSU Channel Islands and National University of Costa Rica with Dr. Karol Ulate and a group of undergraduates to look for microplastics. With the help of a group of undergraduates we were able to collect water, sand, crabs and near shore fish samples to quantify the amount of microplastics in the area near Tamarindo.
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.
Over winter break I went to Maui to get some sun.
I was able to dive the Molokini with a great photographer
and saw amazing wildlife. This was why I got certified…
These photos were taken by Benja Iglesis
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.