Our publications cover topics including impacts of plastic pollution on plants, animals, and aquatic environments, and biology and ecology of seabirds.

Foraging strategy influences the quantity of ingested micro- and nanoplastics in shorebirds

Coastlines, including estuaries, mudflats, and beaches, are particularly susceptible to plastic pollution, which can accumulate from both marine and terrestrial sources. Here, we quantified small plastics (200 nm–70 μm) in two resident shorebird species (Pied Oystercatcher & Hooded Plover) in Tasmania, and compared this to quantities found in the surrounding sediments in order to investigate the potential exposure and transfer of particles within these ecosystems. Publication Details »

New methods for the quantification of ingested nano- and ultrafine plastics in seabirds

Plastic ingestion has been documented in a plethora of taxa. However, there is a significant gap in the detection of tiny particles (invisible to the naked eye) due to size limitations of commonly used techniques. Using two Australian seabird species as case studies, we tested a novel approach of flow cytometry to quantify ingested nanoplastics (<70 μm) in shearwater guano. Publication Details »