Marine Life Talk at NOC in Southampton

Marine Life Talks

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Microplastics on our dinner plates? Evidence and risks to people

Christina Thiele, University Of Southampton

The media has covered findings of microplastics in seafood lately. This talk will present the evidence for those claims, but also show that microplastics are everywhere. Microplastics have been found in tap water, bottled water, soft drinks, honey, canned food and even the air we breathe. In addition, this talk will also explore possible risks to people through eating and breathing in microplastics.


Christina Thiele is a PhD student at the University Of Southampton studying microplastics in the marine environment and possible effects on human health. Her background is in environmental science (BSc) and marine biology (MSc). She is generally interested in anthropogenic impacts on marine environments. For her PhD, she is working towards method standardisation for extracting microplastics from environmental samples. She is also quantifying microplastic exposure risks to humans through consumption of shellfish.

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Marine Life Talks
These talks are usually held on the first Thursday of each month (except in January) at 7pm in the Henry Charnock Lecture Theatre, National Oceanography Centre. Please sign in outside the lecture theatre on level four.

All talks are free and open to members of the public.

Upcoming talks
1 March – Dr Lucy Woodall, Oxford University – microplastics
5 April – Dr Nick Higgs, University of Plymouth – deep sea whale falls
3 May – tbc
7 June – Dr Jonthan White, author
5 July – tbc
August – no MLT due to holiday break

View last month's talk: Exploring the Deep Sea

Event dates: 
Thursday 1 February 2018 - 19:00 to 21:00