Megan completed her BSc (Honours) in Applied Science (Marine Environment) at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies in 2017. During her Honours, Megan won a Women Divers Scholarship which allowed her to complete field work on Rose Atoll (in collaboration with the US Fish & Wildlife Service in American Samoa) and Bedout Island (in collaboration with the WA Dept of Biodiversity). What an Honours project! Not surprisingly, she enjoyed the experience so much, she’s decided to complete her PhD research here as well.
As her Honours was on debris in Brown Booby nests, Megan did her best to laugh-off the inevitable “booby” jokes. Over the next three years, she will no doubt do an equally good job of dealing with working on seabird guano (poo) for her PhD. In reality, everyone at Adrift Lab is really excited about Megan’s amazing poo-project, which will look at the relationship between declining seabird populations and corresponding nutrient inputs on offshore islands.
Megan’s first paper is available here or by sending us an email through the contact link above: Grant ML, Lavers JL, Stuckenbrock S, Sharp B, Bond AL. 2018. The use of anthropogenic marine debris as a nesting material by Brown Boobies (Sula leucogaster). Marine Pollution Bulletin 137: 96-103.
As part of the University of Tasmania STEM State Future Forum, Megan Grant, Peter Puskic, and Catarina Serra Goncalves presented their PhD research via speech and a poster summarising their research. Megan Grant was awarded an equal first place for outstanding presentation of her research.
Adrift Lab took part in a beach clean up event at the Bay of Fire on Tasmania’s east coast. The community-organised event saw over eighty participants collect, count, and sort over 1000 items of marine debris from ~20km of remote beach inside Mt William National Park.
Peter Puskic, Megan Grant, and Catarina Serra Goncalves joined the Now That’s What I Call Science! Program on Hobart’s Edge Radio. Niamh and Anna discussed plastic pollution, the growing public understanding of how expansive the global plastic pollution problem is, and what individuals and communities can do to make a positive change.
Megan Grant was recently selected as a recipient of a Blue Charter Fellowship from the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
We compared the characteristics of debris incorporated within brown booby nests and in beach transects at 18 sites, to determine if nests are indicators of the amount of debris in local marine environments