Data on the effects of different shapes of microplastics on biota are currently scarce. In my research I will focus on the particle shape found in aquatic environments. Further, the shape of microplastics may interfere with uptake and gut retention time which in turn may alter their toxicity. I will expose freshwater key species to different shapes of microplastics from selected polymers to determine uptake, gut retention time and their toxicity. In addition I will test the effects of different surface properties of biodegradable microplastics to investigate how degradation affects toxicity.
I received my master’s degree from the University of Leiden, Netherlands. During my study I mainly focused on aquatic ecotoxicology and marine ecology.