Pretty in Pink: Analyzing Microplastic Contamination in Hawaiian Coastal Ecosystems

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Pretty in Pink: Analyzing Microplastic Contamination in Hawaiian Coastal Ecosystems

Student Information

Elise ZhouYue Yu

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Primary Mentor

Geoff Szafranski

Mentor Organization

Portland State University

Internship Title

Research Intern

Internship Dates

Summer 2022

Presentation Date

8-11-2022

Talk Description

This presentation explores my experience conducting microplastic research on Hawaiian mangrove and coastal ecosystems. As a non-native species to Hawaii, mangroves can be both beneficial and detrimental to its surrounding ecosystems. While they are generally a valuable resource in preventing erosion and providing food & habitat to various organisms, they can also harbor invasive species. Furthermore, the additional three-dimensional structure provided by the roots can encourage the accumulation of microplastics and other anthropogenic particles. Analyzing the presence of microplastics within mangrove ecosystems provides insight into this topic, as well as where & how microplastics collect in the environment.

Pretty in Pink: Analyzing Microplastic Contamination in Hawaiian Coastal Ecosystems

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