SAIAB News » Seminar: Dr Holly Nel: 20th October 2016

DIFS/ SAIAB Seminar Series 2016

 In celebration of National Marine Week, Dr Holly Nel (Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Zoology and Entomology, Rhodes University) will present:

 Microplastic, a “macro” problem

Abstract: Microplastics are minute particles of plastic debris that have proliferated within the marine environment due to the manufacturing of synthetic polymers since the mid-20th century. Although, microplastics have been studied since the 80s, the extent of microplastic pollution in the southern hemisphere, particularly southern Africa, is largely unknown. The ingestion of these plastic particles by marine biota may have both physiological and ecological implications, acting as vectors for the transfer of chemical pollutants into the tissue of marine fauna resulting in bio-magnification through the food chain. The overarching aim of our research is to understand the extent of microplastic contamination along our coastline, as well as determine whether marine invertebrates are ingesting and translocating these particles into their tissue.

Date: Thursday, 20 October 2016

Time: 10.30am

Venue: Lecture Room, SAIAB