International Marine Litter Research Unit team

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


PhD students


  • James Delaney, Funding Argans Limited Remote sensing sensitivity of marine and terrestrial plastic litter, 2019 - present
  • Chris Walkinshaw Funding NERC Env East DTP Does microplastic pollution pose a risk to marine life and food security? 2018 -present
  • Madeleine Steer, Funding NERC Industrial CASE (UKWIR).Quantifying the influence of waste water treatment on the release of microplastics to the environment, 2018- present.
  • Zara Botterell, Funding NERC Env East DTP. Bioavailability of microplastics to zooplankton, 2017 - present
  • Sohvi Nuojua, Funding, UK Charity and University of Plymouth, Marine Litter: Can behavioural sciences help reduce land-based waste entering the oceans? 2017 - present.
  • Imogen Napper, Funding self, Plastics in the marine environment. 2014 - present

  • Imogen Napper, Funding self, Plastics in the marine environment. 2014 - 2018
  • La Daana Kanhai, Funding EU Mares, Microplastic distribution and ecological interactions across latitudinal gradients, 2015-2018
  • Stephanie Wright, Funding Defra, Physical effects of microplastics onmarine life. 2011 - 2015
  • Joao Frias, Funding FCT, Portugal. Microplastics in the environment.2011- 2015.
  • Nicolas Biber, Funding: Self. Distribution and effects on microplastics in the environment. 2009 – 2015 (part time).
  • Saeed Sadri, PhD 2015 Monitoring microplastics in the marine environment. 2009 – 2014. Funding Defra.
  • Kayleigh Wyles, PhD 2014 Rocky Shores: From habitat threat to marine awareness and restorative experiences. Funding NERC/ESRC.
  • Luke Holmes, PhD 2013, The role of plastic production pellets in the transport and availability of trace metals in the marine environment. Funding: University of Plymouth Studentship.
  • Mark Browne, PhD 2008, Environmental consequences of microscopic plastics in marine habitats, Funding: Leverhulme Trust.

Research assistants