Catarina completed her BSc and MSc at the University of Lisbon in Portugal where she worked on micro-plastics in freshwater birds and sediments, and completed a number of statistical and mapping courses. We’re so lucky to have her at Adrift Lab! Catarina’s PhD project is in collaboration with the amazing folks at Tangaroa Blue. Over the next three years, she’ll analyse literally millions of data points submitted by citizen scientists to the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) to identify plastic pollution hotspots, trends over time, and (most importantly) effective mitigation strategies. For her PhD field work in 2018, she spent 10 days working with Tangaroa and the Mapoon Indigenous rangers removing more than 7000 kg of debris from remote beaches in Cape York!


Serra-Gonçalves, C, Lavers, JL, Taylor, H, Bond, AL. Effectiveness of community-based Source Reduction Plans (SRPs) for plastic debris. University of Tasmania Research Conference, 6-7 Sep 2018, Hobart.

Catarina has also published two papers from her time in Portugal:

Lourenço, PL, Serra-Gonçalves, C, Ferreira, JL, Catry, T, and Granadeiro, JP. 2017. Plastic and other microfibers in sediments, macroinvertebrates and shorebirds from three intertidal wetlands of southern Europe and west Africa. Environmental Pollution 231: 123-133 [URL]

Waap, S, Symondson, WOC, Granadeiro, JP, Alonso, H, Serra-Gonçalves, C, Dias, MP, and Catry, P. 2017. The diet of a nocturnal pelagic predator, the Bulwer’s Petrel, across the lunar cycle. Scientific Reports 7: 1384 [URL]

Catarina has had a brilliant start to 2019: she won a big grant from National Geographic’s dedicated Plastic Pollution funding stream, and submitted the 1st chapter of her PhD thesis (a critical review): Serra-Gonçalves, C, Lavers JL, Bond AL. in review. Global review of beach debris monitoring and future recommendations. ES&T.