International Marine Litter Research Unit team

International marine litter research draws on a rich and varied resource of researchers. Meet our team and collaborators.

Research assistants

PhD students

  • Madeleine Steer, PhD Researcher Funding NERC Industrial CASE (UKWIR). Quantifying the influence of waste water treatment on the release of microplastics to the environment, 2018-2022 R.C Thompson (DoS) with Phillip Warburton.
  • Zara Botterell, PhD Researcher Funding NERC Env East. Bioavailability of microplastics to zooplankton, 2017 - 2021 Dr P Lindeque (DoS), Plymouth Marine Laboratory, M. Steinke University of Essex and R.C. Thompson, University of Plymouth
  • La Daana Kanhai, Funding Mares Doctoral Scheme, Microplastics distribution across latitudinal gradients. 2015 - present. Supervisor, Officer, R, Galway with co-supervisor: Thompson, RC
  • Imogen Napper, Funding self, Plastics in the marine environment. 2014 - present
  • Sohvi Nuojua, Funding, UK Charity and University of Plymouth, Marine Litter: Can behavioural sciences help reduce land-based waste entering the oceans? 2017 - 2021 R.C. Thompson, and Dr S. Pahl, University of Plymouth.

  • Nicolas Biber, Funding: Self. Distribution and effects on microplastics in the environment. 2009 – Present. Co-supervisor: A, Foggo
  • Joao Frias - Funding FCT, Portugal. Microplastics in the environment. 2011- 2015. Sobral,  P, Lisbon with co-supervisor: Thompson, RC
  • Stephanie Wright - Funding Defra, Physical effects of microplastics on marine life. 2011 - 2015. Galloway, T with co-supervisor: Thompson, RC
  • Kayleigh Wyles -  (F/T) Sep 2010 – 2013, Human Well-Being and Habitat Threat in Marine Environments, Funding: ESRC and NERC Director of Studies Pahl, S with co-supervisor: Thompson, RC
  • Saeed Sadri - (F/T) Sep 2010 – 2014, Use of the Continuous Plankton Recorder to monitor trends in the abundance of microplastic. Funding: Defra Director of Studies Thompson RC with co-supervisor Edwards MA  (SAHFOS)
  • Luke Holmes - (F/T) Sep 2009 – Aug 2013, The role of plastic production pellets in the transport and availability of trace metals in the marine environment Funding: University of Plymouth Studentship, Director of Studies: Turner, A., with co-supervisor: Thompson, R.C. 
  • Mark Browne - (F/T) Jan 2004 –Sept 2007 Environmental consequences of microscopic plastics in marine habitats. Funding: Leverhulme Trust, Director of Studies: Thompson, R.C., with co-supervisor: Galloway, T.S.