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Sea Education Association Research

"The Plastisphere: Microbial communities on plastic debris" Papers and Publications


Amaral-Zettler, L., E. Zettler*, B. Slikas, G. Boyd, D. Melvin^, C. Morrall, G. Proskurowski and T. Mincer, 2015. The biogeography of the 'Plastisphere:' implications for policy.  Front. Ecol. Environ.  13, doi: 10.1890/150017

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, The Plastisphere: Microbial communities on plastic debris, Peer-reviewed publications


Taylor, S.^, K. Cramer, K. Dooley, K.^, W. Lourie^, T. Mincer, L. Amaral-Zettler and E. Zettler*, 2015. Short-term microbial community assembly on plastic marine debris: evidence from experimental colonization studies in the waters of Woods Hole, MA, USA. ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Granada, Spain.

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, The Plastisphere: Microbial communities on plastic debris, Presentations


Taylor, S., 2014. Vibrio in the Mediterranean Sea and northeast Atlantic: Strains in the open ocean and on plastic debris. Unpublished student research paper, Class C-255, Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, MA.

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, The Plastisphere: Microbial communities on plastic debris, Selected student research


Mincer, T., V. Guzzetta, B. Slikas, E. Zettler*, and L. Amaral-Zettler, 2014. Investigation of microbial adherence and virulence factors associated with open-ocean derived plastic marine debris: Vibrio bacteria as a model system. Ocean Sciences Meeting, Honolulu, HI.

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, The Plastisphere: Microbial communities on plastic debris, Presentations


Zettler, E.*, C. Morrall, G. Proskurowski, T. Mincer, and L. Amaral-Zettler, 2014. Microbial succession on plastic marine debris: development of the 'Plastisphere' community. Ocean Sciences Meeting, Honolulu, HI.

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, The Plastisphere: Microbial communities on plastic debris, Presentations


Amaral-Zettler, L., G. Boyd, B. Slikas, E. Zettler*, and T. Mincer, 2014. Comparative microbial community structure and biogeography of Atlantic and Pacific 'Plastisphere' communities. Ocean Sciences Meeting, Honolulu, HI.

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, The Plastisphere: Microbial communities on plastic debris, Presentations


Zettler, E.*, T. Mincer and L. Amaral-Zettler, 2013. Life in the 'Plastisphere': microbial communities on plastic marine debris. Env. Sci. Technol. 47, 7137-7146. doi: 10.1021/es401288x

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, The Plastisphere: Microbial communities on plastic debris, Peer-reviewed publications


Duarte, A.^, E. Zettler*, L. Amaral-Zettler, and T. Mincer, 2012. Analysis of plastics in the Sargasso Sea and Vibrio interactions with plastic. Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science Meeting, Seattle, WA.

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, The Plastisphere: Microbial communities on plastic debris, Presentations


Maloney, J. and D. Perry, 2012. Biofilm growth on macroplastic: Density and diversity of microbial communities on plastic in the North Pacific subtropical gyre. Unpublished student research paper, Class S-242, Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, MA.

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, The Plastisphere: Microbial communities on plastic debris, Selected student research


Melvin, W., 2012. Investigation of plastic transporting E. coli in the western North Atlantic Ocean. Unpublished student research paper, Class C-240, Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, MA.

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, The Plastisphere: Microbial communities on plastic debris, Selected student research


* SEA faculty and staff
^ SEA Semester alumnus