Julie Van Ferneij
I am a biology student at the University of La Rochelle in France. In order to validate my degree, I had the opportunity to do my three-month internship at the renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography. I joined Dr. Deheyn's laboratory in order to work on microfibers. My subject is to analyze the degradation of different textiles under natural conditions. For this reason my subject is divided into two different parts. The first experiment aims to observe the alteration of the different textile coupons over time. While the second experiment quantifies the amount of microfibers detached from textile coupons. This subject is very interesting because it reflects today's problems concerning environmental pollution caused by plastics, microplastics, but also microfibers released in very large quantities as a result of textile washing.
It is therefore an honor for me to participate in environmental research and to work with the Deheyn lab team.