My current research aims to understand how degradation and bio-fouling contribute to the fate of microfibers in the environment. In addition, I am developing methods to better detect and characterize microfibers from various marine and terrestrial environments. My overall goal is to influence local and national policymakers to better manage plastic pollution and reduce the amount of single-use plastics used and discarded.
I received my B.S. from Northeastern University in Environmental Science and my M.S. from California State University Long Beach in Biology where I focused on the detection of small sized microplastics in the highly urbanized rivers and harbors around Long Beach, and assessed the effects of environmentally relevant levels of microplastics on invertebrate zooplankton.