By Matthew LaPointe

Ocean Microplastics Explained

Dr. Chris Dupont

As we wrap up sampling in the waters off of Maine, Dr. Chris Dupont discusses how collections of plastic particles in the water – or “plastisphere” – may be harboring fish or human pathogens. There may also be microbes responsible for degrading plastic, which are being investigated.

Dr. Dupont's work on microplastics is a continuation of J. Craig Venter Institute's Global Ocean Sampling (GOS) program.