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Ana Catarino

Research Fellow

+44 (0) 131 451 4502
Room 3.12, William Perkin Building, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, EH14 4AS, United Kingdom
Roles and responsibilities

Ana I. Catarino is a Marie Curie fellow working on the effects of microplastics on marine organisms. Plastic debris can be found in all the oceans, and small (< 5 mm) pieces of plastic, known as microplastics, are ingested by organisms, from plankton to whales. The main concerns of this exposure include accumulation in internal tissues, trophic transfer in the food web and increased bioavailability of toxic substances (co-contaminants) that may be associated with them.

The work of Dr. Catarino focuses on the accumulation, absorption and negative effects of microplastics in mussels and fish and assessing the effects of microplastics on co-contaminant bioavailability in both groups. She will also evaluate the extent and severity of microplastic contamination in mussels from different locations in Scotland.

Dr. Catarino has previously worked on other ecotoxicology issues such as the effect of metal contamination on the metabolism of echinoderms. She has also studied the response of echinoderms to climate change and ocean acidification. Dr. Catarino has worked as a communications consultant on science and sustainability and she is currently engaged in various science outreach activities. She tweets @Zebrazuli.

Dr. Catarino's current project, MARMICROTOX, has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 625915.