Current and Ongoing Work
Lead Researchers Alex Tompkins and James Prongay are researching microplastic levels in bivalves in Southern Rhode Island. This project is focused on finding out what level of primary and secondary level microplastics have been ingested by these bivalves. Additionally, it looks to see what effects the bioaccumulation of these microplastics might have on creatures higher on the food chain, including humans.
As a secondary goal, this project intends to create a data bank of images identifying microplastic occurrences in organic tissue. This data can be used to help identify microplastics in new samples.
In the current phase of this project, Alex and James are developing a filter system designed to take microplastics out of living bivalves. This project intends to provide safe, microplastic free seafood to people all over the world.