Plastic pollution is a common problem in marine ecosystems. Marine animals can mistake plastic for food, which can slow their growth and, in some cases, lead to death. Some animals appear to eat a variety of plastics, but other animals tend to eat one type, colour, or form of plastic. To help understand why and how animals may eat only particular plastics, this project will test whether a marine invertebrate eats different types of plastics at the same rate and whether eating different types of plastic has varying effects on growth, survival, or behaviour.

Supervisor: Dr Benjamin Mos