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Rachel Coppock

PhD Student

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Rachel Coppock is a PhD Researcher within the Marine Ecology and Biodiversity group at PML and the University of Exeter, investigating microplastics in the marine environment. Specifically, she is interested in the bentho-pelagic link of microplastic transport through the water column and subsequent burial in marine sediments.

She started her PhD in 2015 after graduating from a BSc in marine biology at Plymouth University, where her interest in microplastic pollution began. She has recently collected water and sediment samples from the Arctic to assess the distribution, abundance and burial rates of microplastics in Arctic marine environments.

Recent publications

  • Cole, MJ; Coppock, RL; Lindeque, PK; Altin, D; Reed, S; Pond, DW; Sørensen, L; Galloway, TS; Booth, AM. 2019 Effects of Nylon Microplastic on Feeding, Lipid Accumulation, and Moulting in a Coldwater Copepod. Environmental Science & Technology. (In Press)
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  • Coppock, RL; Galloway, TS; Cole, MJ; Fileman, ES; Queiros, AM; Lindeque, PK. 2019 Microplastics alter feeding selectivity and faecal density in the copepod, Calanus helgolandicus. Science of The Total Environment. (In Press)
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  • Setala, O; Lehtiniemi, M; Coppock, RL; Cole, MJ. 2018 Microplastics in marine food webs. In: Zeng, Eddy Y, (ed.) Microplastic Contamination in Aquatic Environments: An Emerging Matter of Environmental Urgency. Elsevier.
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  • Coppock, RL; Cole, MJ; Lindeque, PK; Queiros, AM; Galloway, TJ. 2017 A small-scale, portable method for extracting microplastics from marine sediments. Environmental Pollution, 230. 829-837.
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Selected key publications


Woodall, L. C., Sanchez-Vidal, A., Canals, M., Paterson, G. L., Coppock, R., Sleight, V., Calafat, A., Rogers, A.D., Narayanaswamy, B.E. & Thompson, R. C. (2014). The deep sea is a major sink for microplastic debris. Royal Society Open Science, 1(4), 140317. doi: 10.1098/rsos.140317