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Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Dr Lara Pinheiro

Dr Lara Pinheiro

Postdoctoral Research Associate

 Geoffrey Pope 


Geoffrey Pope Building, University of Exeter , Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QD, UK


My research aims to investigate and reduce plastic pollution in the region of the Eastern Pacific Ocean and the Galapagos Archipelago, especially regarding the biological impact on marine species and the risks for these protected areas. 


PhD in Physical, Chemical and Geological Oceanography

MSc in Oceanography

BSc in Biological Sciences

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Journal articles

Alves FL, Pinheiro LM, Bueno C, Agostini VO, Perez L, Fernandes EHL, Weschenfelder J, Leonhardt A, Domingues M, Pinho GLL, et al (2023). The use of microplastics as a reliable chronological marker of the Anthropocene onset in Southeastern South America. Science of the Total Environment, 857 Abstract.
Nazareth MC, Marques MRC, Pinheiro LM, Castro ÍB (2022). Key issues for bio-based, biodegradable and compostable plastics governance. J Environ Manage, 322 Abstract.  Author URL.
Pinheiro LM, Britz LMK, Agostini VO, Pérez-Parada A, García-Rodríguez F, Galloway TS, Pinho GLL (2022). Salt marshes as the final watershed fate for meso- and microplastic contamination: a case study from Southern Brazil. Sci Total Environ, 838(Pt 2). Abstract.  Author URL.
Pinheiro LM, Carvalho IV, Agostini VO, Martinez-Souza G, Galloway TS, Pinho GLL (2021). Litter contamination at a salt marsh: an ecological niche for biofouling in South Brazil. Environmental Pollution, 285 Abstract.
Bueno C, Alves FL, Pinheiro LM, Perez L, Agostini VO, Fernandes EHL, Möller OO, Weschenfelder J, Pinho GLL, Wallner-Kersanach M, et al (2021). The effect of agricultural intensification and water-locking on the world's largest coastal lagoonal system. Sci Total Environ, 801 Abstract.  Author URL.
Pinheiro LM, Agostini VO, Lima ARA, Ward RD, Pinho GLL (2021). The fate of plastic litter within estuarine compartments: an overview of current knowledge for the transboundary issue to guide future assessments. Environ Pollut, 279 Abstract.  Author URL.
Pinheiro LM (2021). Uptake and ingestion are the main pathways for microplastics to enter marine benthos: a review (vol 24, e00150, 2020). FOOD WEBS, 26  Author URL.
Pinheiro LM, Ivar do Sul JA, Costa MF (2020). Uptake and ingestion are the main pathways for microplastics to enter marine benthos: a review. FOOD WEBS, 24  Author URL.
Pinheiro LM, Monteiro RCP, Ivar do Sul JA, Costa MF (2019). Do beachrocks affect microplastic deposition on the strandline of sandy beaches?. Mar Pollut Bull, 141, 569-572. Abstract.  Author URL.
Chambouvet A, Valigurová A, Pinheiro LM, Richards TA, Jirků M (2016). Nematopsis temporariae (Gregarinasina, Apicomplexa, Alveolata) is an intracellular infectious agent of tadpole livers. Environ Microbiol Rep, 8(5), 675-679. Abstract.  Author URL.

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