Spatial-Temporal Patterns of Microplastic Ingestion by Black Rockfish Off the Oregon Coast
“Plastic is all around us in our day to day life, but how much plastic is in the ocean? Are plastics found within fish? In this project we are looking for microplastics within the important black rockfish species. Black rockfish are being caught by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and charters in Newport. The digestive tract is dissected from the fish and then the tract is dissected too.... All suspected plastics are collected and will be analyzed via FTIR to determine whether the suspected piece is actual plastic or natural.
Working with Dr. Susanne Brander in her EMT lab has been a truly amazing experience. I have only been at OSU for 5 months, and I have already learned so much from her about plastics, the oceans, and new science techniques. She is new to Corvallis, and already so active within the community. Her lab is welcoming, and she is always available to answer questions!”