2017 Urban Research Awards: Hidden Problems in Secret Corals

Hidden Problems in Secret Corals: Exploring Microplastic Abundance in Local, Temperate Corals Along an Urban Gradient

Research Assistant Professor Randi Rotjan
Research Assistant Professor Randi Rotjan, Boston University

Associate Professor Juanita Urban-Rich, University of Massachusetts-Boston
Associate Professor Juanita Urban-Rich, University of Massachusetts-Boston

Assistant Professor Koty Sharp, Roger Williams University
Assistant Professor Koty Sharp, Roger Williams University

Associate Professor Sean Grace
Associate Professor Sean Grace

 

 

 

 

 

Research Assistant Professor Randi Rotjan, in collaboration with Associate Professor Juanita Urban-Rich from the University of Massachusetts-Boston, Assistant Professor Koty Sharp from Rogers Williams University and Associate Professor Sean Grace from Southern Connecticut State University, will study New England coral to determine the extent and impact of microplastics and microbial biofilms.

She and her team will study the impact of these microplastics in a temperate, coastal coral along an urban gradient—in other words, along the coast of New England.

Learn more about this project here.