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Location University of Newcastle, Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources
App. deadline 31/07/2018
  • Scholarship available
Eligibility Open to international applicants

The Effects of Plastic Pollution on Marine Food Webs and Implications for Human Health

Pacific Islanders rely on a healthy marine ecosystem for their lifestyle and culture. It is estimated that 8 million tonnes of plastic pollution migrate from the land to the ocean each year, with physical impacts including reduced feeding and mobility of marine organisms leading to mortality and potential loss of biodiversity.

With plastics now found in 97% of fish species in the Pacific Region, this research will determine the risk of microplastics to marine food webs and the potential human health impacts of microplastics via dietary exposure. As a leader in the regional coordination and delivery of waste management and pollution control, The Secretariat for the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is engaging with the University of Newcastle on research to underpin science-based policy in an effort to reach practical and sustainable solutions for the prevention and management of plastic pollution in the Pacific Region.

The successful candidate will be given the opportunity to work with SPREP to investigate the impact of plastic ingestion on fish stocks, the effect of toxins on marine life and the wider impacts of plastic ingestion on the health food webs and ecosystems through modelling and experiments.

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