My research is focused on microfibers that are leaching into the ocean from our clothing. I built and implemented two experiments that are currently running simultaneously. The first experiment is demonstrating different textile degradation processes while exposed to the seafloor environment. The second experiment, observes the same fiber samples within a more controlled environment (within the lab). I take this project very seriously as I am incredibly passionate about spreading awareness to the general public with regard to the variety of ways plastic has and is negatively affecting our natural environment. Especially how very few people realize that a lot of our clothes are made out of plastic, such as polyester and nylon, which have now become the more apparent micro-plastic plaguing our oceans.
I enjoy learning from a variety of countries and cultures. I have lived in Denmark, Australia, Spain and I recently completed my first year at Utrecht University in The Netherlands. I am currently at Scripps Oceanography for my internship. Besides trying to better understand microfiber dynamics, I am also passionate about marketing and how to change consumers’ perspective towards single use plastic and a more sustainable lifestlye.