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This pillar aims to understand how humans are exposed to microplastics through the air, water and food​.

Pillar Leader: Amy Lusher, NIVA - Norwegian Institute for Water Research

Dr Lusher is a Key Research at the Norwegian Institute for Water Research and an adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Bergen. Over the past 10 years, Amy has been focusing on the development of methods for microplastics in environmental samples and consequences for marine biota. She is currently the Scientific Project Manager of EUROqCHARM, a EU H2020 funded CSA, driven by the need for validated and harmonised approaches to quantifying plastics. She previously co-led the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) report focusing on microplastics in fisheries and aquaculture (finfish and shellfish). Within NAMC she is leading Pillar Three which focuses on understanding how humans are exposed to microplastics through the air, water and food​.

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Matthew Cole, Plymouth Marine Laboratory

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Marte Haave, NORCE

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Alex Rogers, REV Ocean

Alex is a marine ecologist who is interested in how biodiversity is distributed in the ocean, especially in the deep sea and on tropical coral reefs. He is also interested in human impacts on the ocean and how to manage human activities to mitigate or reduce degradation of marine ecosystems. His work has taken him to the Atlantic, Indian and Southern Oceans and to the Caribbean investigating coral reef ecosystems, seamounts and deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Alex has worked with governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations in publicising human impacts, especially those from deep-sea fishing and climate change, and on the development of policy solutions to such problems. He is Scientific Director of REV Ocean a foundation aimed at finding solutions to problems affecting the ocean.

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Dorte Herzke, NILU

Senior researcher at NILU’s Environmental Chemistry department at the Fram Centre, Tromsø and Prof II at UiT, has been working with microplastics (MP) related research questions for more than a decade. Her research focus is on the development of methodologies for sampling MP in air and determination of MP in a variety of matrices, as well as investigating the role of MP as a vector for chemicals, including additives. Dr. Herzke also leads the INTPART project PlastPoll as well as the SIS CleanArctic. She participates in the NORRUS collaboration MALINOR on mapping marine litter in the Arctic, in addition to several smaller projects on plastic pollution funded by the FRAM Centre.

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Mark E Hahn, WHOI

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Alessio Gomiero, NORCE

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Richard Quilliam, University of Stirling

Richard Quilliam is Professor of Environment and Health at the University of Stirling. His research interests include water quality and sanitation, environmental pathogen ecology, conflicting ecosystem services, sustainable agriculture, and sustainable disease & waste management. He is Principal Investigator of the NERC “Plastic Vectors” project (£1.85 million), exploring the role of microplastics for facilitating the survival and long-distance transport of human pathogens, and Principal Investigator of the NERC “SPACES” project (£3.85 million) quantifying the potential for plastic wastes to urban block drainage systems and lead to localised flooding and provide habitat for medically important mosquito species in Tanzania and Malawi. He is also Co-I of the NERC “South East Asia Microplastics Project” (£1.5 million) determining the sources of microplastics and pathogens entering the South China sea.

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