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Sarah Nelms

PhD Student

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I am a PhD student at Plymouth Marine Laboratory and the University of Exeter. My research interests lie broadly in understanding the pathways by which anthropogenic activities may affect marine biodiversity, particularly marine megafauna.

For my PhD I am investigating the abundance and distribution of marine litter around the British coast, examining the digestive tracts of marine mammals for the presence of microplastics, and exploring the transfer of these particles throughout marine food webs.

Recent publications

  • Nelms, SE; Galloway, TSG; Godley, BJ; Jarvis, DS; Lindeque, PK. 2018 Investigating microplastic trophic transfer in marine top predators. Environmental Pollution. 10.1016/j.envpol.2018.02.016
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  • Nelms, SE; Coombes, C; Foster, LC; Godley, BJ; Galloway, TSG; Lindeque, PK; Witt, MJ. 2017 Marine anthropogenic litter on British beaches: a 10-year nationwide assessment using citizen science data. STOTEN. 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.11.137
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  • Nelms, SE; Duncan, EM; Broderick, AC; Galloway, TSG; Godfrey, MH; Hamann, M; Lindeque, PK; Godley, BJ. 2016 Plastic and marine turtles: a review and call for research. ICES Journal of Marine Science: Journal du Conseil, 73 (2). 165-181. 10.1093/icesjms/fsv165
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Selected key publications

  • Nelms SE, Piniak WED, Weir C, Godley BJ (2016) Seismic surveys and marine turtles: an underestimated global threat? Biological Conservation DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2015.10.020

Other activities

  • Member of PML Environment and Sustainability Committee