I am a PhD student at Portland State University, in the Environmental Science & Management Dept.
I am continuing my microplastic research along the coast of Oregon, California, Costa Rica, Hawaii and possibly back to the Cook Islands in the South Pacific where I first discovered this problem.
I graduated from Cal State University Channel Islands in 2016 with my B.S. in Environmental Science and Resource Management with a minor in Biology. I love research and sharing what I learn to effect change for a better environment.
For my senior capstone at CSU Channel Islands, I explored the effects of micro plastics in Sand Crabs (Emerita analoga) along the California coastline. I have discovered that Sand crabs ingest microfibers and micro plastics and are an effective entrance of these pollutants into the food web. I am continuing my research this summer to find the possible interference in reproduction and predator avoidance by the ingestion of microplastics in sand crabs.