Evaluating plastics impacts on marine fauna
Our ultimate goal is to gain a comprehensive understanding of the impact of marine debris on seabird health, survey the prevalence of ingested debris in populations, and ultimately model the lethal and sub-lethal effects of current levels of debris ingestion on seabird populations. We are running an experiment with a model species to identify potential sub-lethal impacts from plastics ingestion and associated chemical contamination.
We are asking: Is ingested plastic associated with endocrine disruption? The expected outcome includes empirical evidence of endocrine disruption (or lack thereof) associated with ingestion of varying quantities of virgin and environmentally contaminated plastics.