Lauren Roman is undertaking the Quantitative Marine Science CSIRO-UTas PhD program at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, Hobart, Tasmania, researching the population-level impacts of plastic ingestion in Australian seabirds seabirds.
Lauren has had a lifelong passion for birds, and has an interest research that can be applied to the conservation of threatened and declining species. Seabirds are the world’s most threatened groups group of birds, with nearly half of the world’s species experiencing population declines, and 28% are globally threatened. Among Australasian Procellariiforme seabirds; including albatross, petrels, prions and shearwaters, almost 40% are threatened with extinction. The ingestion of marine debris is one of many threats to seabirds. Despite the pervasiveness of the issue, the effect of plastic ingestion on seabirds is poorly understood.
Lauren aims to understand how the ingestion of marine debris impacts on affected seabird populations.