Geoffrey Pope Lab 201
Geoffrey Pope Building, University of Exeter , Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QD, UK
Currently I am a MbyRes student at the University of Exeter investigating the movement of microplastics in benthic ecosystems and determining how interactions with marine biota alters subsequent particle bioavailability. I completed my undergraduate Biological Sciences degree in 2018 and particularly enjoyed the Marine Biology and Ecotoxicology aspects. This led me to pursue a MbyRes in this area of research.
Broad research specialisms
Biology of Marine Organisms
1:1, BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences (Animal Biology), University of Exeter, 2015-2018
Project Title: Plastic Movement Through the Benthic Ecosystem
Dr Ceri Lewis, University of Exeter
Professor Tamara Galloway, University of Exeter
The biological processes that transform and transport microplastics to the ocean floor and any accumulation or redistribution that might occur by biological communities once within the benthos are not known, but are of critical importance to understand for assessing risks.
For my MbyRes, I will look at the movement of microplastics through an experimental marine ecosystem to investigate how species interactions with microplastics, via ingestion and excretion, influence the bioavailability of microplastics to other species and the ultimate fate of plastic particles.
Hobbs, C.A.D., Potts, R.W.A., Bjerregaard Walsh, M., Usher, J., and Griffiths, A.M. (2019) Using DNA Barcoding to Investigate Patterns of Species Utilisation in UK Shark Products Reveals Threatened Species on Sale. Scientific Reports 9, Article Number 1028