Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Agenda

Susanne Kühn

Date: 30 October 2020
Location: Auditorium, Wageningen

Dissertation title: 

Message in a belly – Plastic pathways in Fulmars

Group: Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management, Wageningen University
Promotor: prof.dr. HJ Lindeboom 
Co-promotor: prof. GW Gabrielsen and dr JA van Franeker

Abstract:

In the framework of the EU JPI PLASTOX project, this PhD project focused on the effects of ingested plastic on marine wildlife and in particular the northern fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis). Plastic ingestion by fulmars was studied on Iceland and on Svalbard. Trophic transfer of plastic between predators and their prey was explored, by quantifying plastics ingested by prey fish from the Arctic Ocean and the North Sea. Ingested plastics were categorized according to their material characteristics. A mixture of relevant microplastics was created to be used in environmental impact studies. Experiments were conducted to investigate the transfer of chemicals from ingested plastic to northern fulmars. Furthermore an updated literature overview of species affected by plastics is provided.

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