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Microplastics in the Sea. Occurrence and Impacts

  • Book
  • November 2022
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
  • ID: 5597130

Microplastics in the Sea: Occurrence and Impacts is a comprehensive reference written by recognized leaders in the field which provides the most up-to-date science on how microplastics impact the environment and marine life. Although the impacts of microplastics in the ocean are vast, this book focuses on methodologies for determination, identification, and reliable experimental protocols. In addition, it describes how microplastics can impact public health as the presence of plastics in the environment affects the food chain and food security. Users will find background material on microplastics in the environment, with coverage of  living organisms such as crustaceans, mollusks and marine fish.

Finally, the book discusses the importance of spectroscopic analysis in determining the presence of, and impact on marine organisms.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Macroplastics
3. Microbial interactions
4. Chemistry and Degradation
5. Toxicity
6. Benthic Invertebrates
7. Pelagic Invertebrates
8. Fish
9. Megafauna
10. Feed and Food Webs
11. Fisheries and Aquaculture
12. Human and Public Health
13. Policy, Public Engagement


Sandra E. Shumway Department of Marine Sciences, University of Connecticut, Groton, CT, USA. Dr. Sandra L. Shumway is known as THE shellfish expert. She has more than 30 years of research experience, and is active on research panels and several international advisory boards. She has been the President-elect of the National Shellfisheries Association for five years, and is Editor-in-Chief of four top journals in fisheries and shellfish. She has been on the Steering Committee and served as Program Chair of the World Aquaculture Society and Fish Culture Section of the American Fisheries. She received the APEX Award for Publication Excellence for Journal of Shellfish Research in 2008. 2009, 2010, and 2011 and won the Bronze Award (2009) and Silver Award (2010) for the Association Trends, Journal of Shellfish Research. J. Evan Ward Department Head and Professor University of Connecticut Department of Marine Sciences, USA. J. EVAN WARD, Ph.D. Department Head & Professor University of Connecticut Department of Marine Sciences, had received over 20 research grants awarded in the past ten years, has published ~100 publications, has over 30 scholarly awards and achievements. He has a research laboratory directed towards an understanding of the dynamic interactions between marine animals and their environment. His work focuses on the endogenous and exogenous factors that mediate the behavior and physiology of benthic, particle-feeding invertebrates. His main research focuses on commercially important bivalves such as clams, oysters, mussels and scallops.