Life in plastic not fantastic for mangroves: Masters student presents at conference with support from MBA Student Bursary

A Masters student was given the incredible opportunity to attend and present at a prestigious conference, thanks to the MBA Student Bursary.

MBA Student Member Marie Touchon, a Research Masters student at Bangor University attended the Cambridge Student Conference on Conservation Science 2024.

For her Masters, Marie is analysing the social drivers of mangrove plastic pollution on Cebu Island in the Philippines, as part of a large international and interdisciplinary research project on marine plastics in South East Asia.

The bursary, which is exclusive to MBA Members, enabled Marie to attend and present a poster of her research on the social drivers of mangrove plastics, titled, Life in plastic is not fantastic for mangroves.

As her first ever scientific conference, Marie was able to build her confidence as a researcher and network with students and professionals in the field.

She said: “It was an amazing conference – I met incredible researchers from around the world investigating a diversity of topics, and the conference organisers were incredibly kind and encouraging. I am incredibly grateful to the MBA for this opportunity.”

The MBA Bursary Programme continues to support aspiring marine biologists like Marie, offering them the chance to participate in key academic events and further their education.

With a strong belief in the importance of empowering the next generation of marine scientists, the MBA seeks to support aspiring marine biologists to achieve their academic and professional goals.

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