Posted by: Miriam Goldstein | May 9, 2012

Plastic Trash Altering Ocean Habitats, Scripps Study Shows


A new SEAPLEX paper is out in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters! Here’s the press release:

A 100-fold upsurge in human-produced plastic garbage in the ocean is altering habitats in the marine environment, according to a new study led by a graduate student researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. (more)

The journal has kindly made the paper free to download, so you can check it out here. Please note there is a typo in Figure 1 – the panel labels for B and C are switched. (We’re working on getting it fixed.) UPDATE: it’s fixed!

And here’s an incomplete list of the media coverage:

  • San Diego Union-Tribune
  • BBC
  • U.S. News
  • San Jose Mercury News
  • Wired
  • Not Exactly Rocket Science
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Posted in Science | Tags: Halobates, increase in plastic, zooplankton

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