Dr João Frias

Principal Investigator
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I completed a PhD in Environmental Studies (2011/2015) at the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCT-UNL), in Portugal. The PhD was supervised by Prof. Paula Sobral (Portugal) and co-supervised by Prof. Richard Thompson from Plymouth University (United Kingdom).

I am currently working on several microplastics projects that target baselines, impacts and policy in Ireland and Europe. The most recent project is MicroplastiX , funded by JPI Oceans.

My research interest is associated with the effects and impacts of marine litter and microplastic pollution in the marine environment, particularly weathering, biofouling, degradation and fragmentation. I have been working on plastic pollution for over 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. For more details and access to publications, please check www.joaofrias.com 



baseman photo
This project aimed at establishing standardised operating procedures for environmental matrices laboratory processing targeted at microplastics
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This project consists of a literature review of the impacts of microplastics in the marine environment and on the proposal of mitigation and/or reduction policy recommendations to address this global environmental issue. 
This project is investigating the potential of Nephrops norvegicus as a flagship species for plastic pollution in the deep sea.
MicroplastiX (JPI-Oceans) aims to overcome knowledge gaps concerning microplastic weathering, degradation and fragmentation processes.
The IMP.act project is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action COFUND fellowship funded by the Irish Research Council, aiming at developing a long-term management plan for microplastic pollution in Galway Bay and its environs.
Elena's pink bead
This project is addressing some of the knowledge gaps on microplastics in benthic fauna and sediments in Galway Bay.