Mr Max Kelly
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Mr Max Kelly

Research Fellow (GCRF PISCES) Environmental Science

School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

Biography

Biography

I am currently working as a research assistant within the International Marine Litter Research Unit.

My research is working towards the GCRF Systems Analysis Approach to Reduce Plastic Waste in Indonesian Societies (PISCES) project. The project encompasses an international multi-disciplinary team to create ‘hope spots’ in Indonesia’s battle against plastic waste. PISCES will research sources, pathways and fates of plastic waste in the environment on a national scale using state-of-the-art modelling to estimate the volumes of plastic reaching land, rivers and seas in Indonesia.

I am conducting litter surveys across Indonesia to categorise litter from the point of release into the environment and at increasing distances from source to sea.

My previous research has included:

  • Understanding plastic microfibre release during laundry; creating a novel small-scale plastic microfibre quantification method to show the importance of hydrodynamic water flow towards microfibre release.
  • The fate of plastic in the environment; assessing the colonisation and biodegradation of microorganisms in extreme environments. Utilising Illumina MiSeq sequencing and bioinformatics to identify new plastisphere communities.