Microplastics Entering the Food Chain in Polar Seas
The prevalence of microplastic pollution around the world has been a rising concern. Dr. Thomas Klinger from Bloomsburg University of PA, and graduate student Elizabeth Lee of Commonwealth University are documenting the abundance of microplastics ingested by limpets as an indication of this pollutant’s entry into polar food webs. Limpets are widely distributed marine grazers who rasp away at the biofilms growing on rocks and kelp blades. This season, we are expanding our study of microplastics ingested by limpets to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and areas on the Antarctic Peninsula.
Dr. Klinger and Lee will join us on the February 19, 2024 departure of Antarctica, South Georgia and The Falklands in National Geographic Resolution.