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Miss Chloe Way BSc (Hons), MSc

Postgraduate research student

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I am a current PhD researcher in the department of Geography and Environmental Sciences at the University of Southampton, focusing my research on microplastics in fishmeal.

My interest in research began when I undertook my undergraduate degree in 2013. Studying Marine Biology whilst surrounded by the sea encouraged me to pursue as many opportunities as possible, including being accepted by ERASMUS to study at the University of France for a summer to research camouflage in cuttlefish.

Following this I narrowed my interest to study an MSc degree in Tropical Marine biology. I had the incredible chance to travel to the Wakatobi Islands in Indonesia to carry out mini research projects and coral/fish identifications. It was during this year my research focused on environmental polluters which led to my dissertation looking at microplastics in commercial fish and invertebrates. To complete this I spent my summer with Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation, dissecting fish and invertebrates and identifying microplastics under a microscope. A team from ITV News flew to Greece and interviewed the lab team I was working with on this topic.

Now, I am beginning a PhD at the University of Southampton, researching microplastics in fishmeal. 


2017-2018 University of Essex, MSc Tropical Marine Biology.

Dissertation Title: Analysis of microplastic content in commercial fish and invertebrates from the East Aegean Sea, Greece.

2013- 2016 University of Portsmouth, BSc (Hons) Marine Biology.

Dissertation Title: Effect of pre-natal stress on the ability to camouflage in cuttlefish hatchlings (Sepia officinalis).

Research interests

My research Interests include environmental pollution, particularly plastic/microplastic pollution, pollutants associated with plastics and developing methods to identify microplastics.

PhD research

PhD supervision: Dr Malcolm Hudson, Prof Ian Williams, Prof John Langley, Prof Robert Marsh

Title: Plastics in fishmeal production from marine sources – characterisation, methods and risk modelling.

Funding: Department of Geography and Environmental Science, University of Southampton, Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute.

Research group

Global Environmental Change and Earth Observation

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