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Sea Education Association Research

"Microplastic abundance and distribution" Papers and Publications


Pieper, C., L. Amaral-Zettler, K. L. Law*, C. Loureiro and A. Martins, 2019. Application of matrix scoring techniques to evaluate marine debris sources in the remote islands of the Azores Archipelago. Env. Poll. 249, 666-675. doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2019.03.084

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Microplastic abundance and distribution, Peer-reviewed publications


Croucher, T., 2018. Concentrations of microplastics in correlation to the proximity of coral reefs in the South Pacific. Unpublished student research paper, Class S-280, Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, MA.

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Microplastic abundance and distribution, Selected student research


Donohue, J.*, 2018. Global occurrence, sources, distribution and fate of plastic in the environment. Ocean Outlook Conference, Woods Hole, MA.

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Microplastic abundance and distribution, Presentations


Wilcox, C., B. Hardesty, and K. L. Law*, 2018. Revisiting a long-term time series of floating plastics in the western North Atlantic. 6th International Marine Debris Conference, San Diego, CA.

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Microplastic abundance and distribution, Presentations


Law, K. L.*, 2018. Transport and fate of marine debris in the ocean and shelf-seas: theory, modeling and observations (session chair and moderator). 6th International Marine Debris Conference, San Diego, CA.

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Microplastic abundance and distribution, Presentations


Donohue, J.*, K. L. Law*, N. Bethoney and K. Stokesbury, 2018. Quantity of plastic debris on the seafloor offshore of the northeast United States. Ocean Sciences Meeting, Portland, OR.

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Microplastic abundance and distribution, Presentations


Law, K. L.*, 2018. Detection, analysis and modeling of the distribution and transport of oceanic debris (session chair and moderator). Ocean Sciences Meeting, Portland, OR.

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Microplastic abundance and distribution, Presentations


Wilcox, C., B. Hardesty, and K. L. Law*, 2018. Revisiting a long-term time series of floating plastics in the western North Atlantic. Ocean Sciences Meeting, Portland, OR.

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Microplastic abundance and distribution, Presentations


Meunier, E., S. Silberman and R. Schreiber, 2017. Ratio of microplastics to phytoplankton in the South Pacific. Unpublished student research paper, Class S-276, Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, MA.

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Microplastic abundance and distribution, Selected student research


Rozen, J. and C. Coulouvatos, 2017. Plastic in the western North Atlantic. Unpublished student research paper, Class C-275, Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, MA.

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Microplastic abundance and distribution, Selected student research


Koelmans, A., M. Kooi, K. L. Law*, and E. van Sebille, 2017. All is not lost: Deriving a top-down mass budget of plastic at sea. Env. Res. Lett. 12, 114028. doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/aa9500

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Microplastic abundance and distribution, Peer-reviewed publications


Geyer, R., J. Jambeck and K.L. Law*, 2017. Production, use and fate of all plastics ever made. Science Advances 3, e1700782. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.1700782

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Microplastic abundance and distribution, Peer-reviewed publications


Findlay, K. and W. Harnisch, 2016. Micro- and microplastic concentrations and distributions in the South Pacific. Unpublished student research paper, Class S-270, Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, MA.

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Microplastic abundance and distribution, Selected student research


Randall, Y., 2016. Size and form of plastics in the western Mediterranean and eastern North Atlantic Ocean. Unpublished student research paper, Class C-269, Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, MA.

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Microplastic abundance and distribution, Selected student research


Law, K.L*, 2016. The global budget of floating microplastics in marine systems. German Water Chemistry Society Late Summer Workshop: Microplastics in the aquatic environment (keynote speaker). Haltern am See, Germany.

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Microplastic abundance and distribution, Presentations


Donohue, J.*, K. Pavlekovsky^, T. Collins^, A. Andrady, G. Proskurowski and K. L. Law*, 2016. Variability in the composition of floating microplastics by region and in time. Ocean Sciences Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Microplastic abundance and distribution, Presentations


Van Sebille, E., C. Wilcox, L. Lebreton, N. Maximenko, B. Hardesty, J. van Franeker, M. Eriksen, D. Siegel, F. Galgani and K. L. Law*, 2015. A global inventory of small floating plastic debris. Env. Res. Lett. 10, 124006. doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/10/12/124006

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Microplastic abundance and distribution, Peer-reviewed publications


Brunner, K., T. Kukulka, G. Proskurowski and K. L. Law*, 2015. Passive buoyant tracers in the ocean surface boundary layer: 2. Observations and simulations of microplastic marine debris. J. Geophys. Res.-Oceans 120, 7559-7573. doi: 10.1002/2015JC010840

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Microplastic abundance and distribution, Peer-reviewed publications


Van Franeker, J. and K. L. Law*, 2015. Seabirds, gyres and global trends in plastic pollution. Environ. Poll. 203, 89-96. doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2015.02.034

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Microplastic abundance and distribution, Peer-reviewed publications


Law, K. L.*, S. Moret-Ferguson^, D. Goodwin*, E. Zettler*, E. DeForce, T. Kukulka, and G. Proskurowski, 2014. Distribution of surface plastic debris in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean from an 11-year data set. Env. Sci. Technol. 48, 4732-4738. doi: 10.1021/es4053076

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Microplastic abundance and distribution, Peer-reviewed publications


Law, K. L.*, S. Moret-Ferguson^, E. Zettler*, E. DeForce, and G. Proskurowski, 2014. A synoptic look at eastern Pacific microplastic debris: 11 years of consistent monitoring. Ocean Sciences Meeting, Honolulu, HI.

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Microplastic abundance and distribution, Presentations


Moret-Ferguson, S.^, K. L. Law*, G. Proskurowski*, E. Murphy, E. Peacock and C. Reddy, 2010. The size, mass, and composition of plastic debris in the western North Atlantic Ocean. Mar. Poll. Bull. 60, 1873-1878. doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2010.07.020

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Microplastic abundance and distribution, Peer-reviewed publications


Law, K. L.*, S. Moret-Ferguson^, N. Maximenko, G. Proskurowski*, E. Peacock, J. Hafner and C. Reddy, 2010. Plastic accumulation in the North Atlantic subtropical gyre. Science 329, 1185-1188. doi: 10.1126/science.1192321

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Microplastic abundance and distribution, Peer-reviewed publications


Wilber*, R. J., 1987. Plastic in the North Atlantic. Oceanus 30, 61-68.

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Microplastic abundance and distribution, Other


* SEA faculty and staff
^ SEA Semester alumnus