Amy Lusher







PhD Candidate

PhD Project Title: Microplastics in the marine environment: implications for trophic systems and human health
Supervisors: Dr Rick Officer and Dr Ian O’Connor

My research is focused on investigating the fate of microplastics in the Irish marine and coastal environment. This includes the identification of microplastics in sediments and water samples, and ingestion by marine organisms. I am also looking at possible implications for trophic systems and food security.

MRes Marine Biology (Distinction)
Plymouth University, UK, 2011-2012.

Dissertation Title: Reproductive effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals, Bisphenol-A and 17β- oestradiol, on marine bivalves from South West England.
Supervisors: Dr Nick Pope (Marine Biological Association, UK) and Prof. Richard Handy (Plymouth University)

BSc (Hons) Marine Biology
Plymouth University, UK, 2008-2011.

Dissertation Title: Microplastic ingestion by marine fish
Supervisor: Prof. Richard Thompson

Professional Memberships
Society of Environmental Toxicity and Chemistry (SETAC)
Marine Biological Association (MBA)
Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG)

Conference Participation
SETAC Europe 24th Annual Meeting, Basel, Switzerland, 2014
Micro2014, Plouzane, France, 2014
ICES Annual Science Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2013
48th Annual European Marine Biology Symposium, Galway, Ireland, 2013
SETAC Europe 23rd Annual Meeting, Glasgow, Scotland, 2013

Personal Sea Survival Techniques (PST) Certificate
JNCC Marine Mammal Observer (MMO)
ENG11 Sea-going medical
Marine Radio Operator’s VHF Certificate
Senior First Aid Certificate
RYA National Powerboat Level 2 Certificate

Selected Publications

Lusher, Amy L., et al. (2015) Microplastic and macroplastic ingestion by a deep diving, oceanic cetacean: The True’s beaked whale Mesoplodon mirus. Environmental Pollution 199 (2015): 185-191.

Lusher, A. L., Burke,  A., O’Connor, I., & Officer, R. (2014). Microplastic pollution in the Northeast Atlantic Ocean: Validated and opportunistic sampling. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 88(1), 325-333.

Lusher, A. L., McHugh, M., & Thompson, R. C. (2013). Occurrence of microplastics in the gastrointestinal tract of pelagic and demersal fish from the English Channel. Marine Pollution Bulletin67(1), 94-99.

Contact Details
Telephone number(s): +353 (0) 91742501
Postal Address: Marine and Freshwater Research Centre, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Galway, Ireland

Related Links
PlasticTides: our blog on marine pollution:


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