A member of the Marine Biological Association has been awarded an OBE in recognition of his research into marine pollution by plastics.
Professor Richard Thomson highlighted the presence of microplastic (coining the now familiar term) in the ocean in a paper in the journal Science (Lost at sea: where is all the plastic?). Subsequent work showed the extent to which microplastics could be ingested and their potential to transport pollutants into organisms.
He is a natural communicator and advocate, moving beyond the results of research to propose and promote potential solutions to the plastic problem. Watch his talk on microplastics at the Marine Biological Association in 2016.
Find out more at Plymouth University's website.
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