I am currently working in several microplastics projects that target baselines, impacts and policy in Ireland and Europe.
I was the principal investigator in an Irish Research Council and EU Horizon 2020 co-funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions project, titled Managing for Microplastics: A baseline to inform policy stakeholders (IMP.act) (2018-2020).
I completed a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies (2011/2015) at the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCT-UNL), in Portugal, which was supervised by Prof. Paula Sobral and co-supervised by Prof. Richard Thompson from Plymouth University (United Kingdom). My research interest is associated with the effects and impacts of marine litter and microplastic pollution in the marine environment, a topic on which I have been working 10+ years.
I am a member of the Marie Curie Alumni Association and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science since 2018; and a member of SETAC Europe since 2019. I was recently awarded a JPI Oceans grant for the MicroplastiX project.