Plastic is argued to be one of the greatest emerging concerns to the environment. Microplastics are the small plastic fragments below 5mm in size which are deliberately produced or break down due to fragmentation or degradation of larger plastics such as coffee cups. They exist in all matrices of the environment and their impact to land/freshwater biota and humans is unknown with potential exposure via digestion or inhalation. Research into the atmospheric environment and inhalation/dust ingestion risk to humans is limited. In this talk, Stacey will discuss the potential presence of microplastics in the air, research plan and preliminary results to date.

MPhil student Stacey O'Brien



PACE Building, 20 Cornwall Street, Woolloongabba
Interaction Space (room 4002)