Undergraduate Research

This research was conducted at the University of Puget Sound with Dr. Peter Hodum.


Microplastic fragment retrieved from a mussel (Mytilus sp.). Scale bar is 50 µm.

Motivating Questions

Do marine filter feeders ingest measurable quantities of microplastics? At what spatial scale can filter feeders be used as bioindicators of marine plastic contamination? Do sessile filter feeders ingest different amounts of plastic based on their relative tidal heights?

Publications

  • Lyon, N.J., Mytilus Mussels as Bio-indicators of Regional Microplastic Trends. Undergraduate Thesis.

Presentations

  • Lyon, N. Mytilus Mussels as Bio-indicators of Microplastic Pollution. Oral presentation. Air and Waste Management Student Challenge, Portland OR, April 2016. Awarded Best Presentation
  • Lyon, N. Mytilus Mussels as Bio-indicators of Microplastic Pollution. Oral presentation. Phi Sigma Research Symposium, University of Puget Sound, April 2016
  • Lyon, N. Mytilus Mussels as Bio-indicators of Microplastic Pollution. Oral presentation. Murdock College Science Research Conference, Vancouver WA (Hilton Vancouver), November 2015.
  • Lyon N. Mussels as Samplers of Regional Microplastic Contamination Trends. Poster presentation. Puget Sound Fall Research Symposium, University of Puget Sound, September 2015.
  • Lyon, N. Patterns of Microplastic Ingestion in Mytilus Mussels around Puget Sound, Washington. Oral presentation. Phi Sigma Research Symposium, University of Puget Sound, April 2015.
  • Lyon N. Patterns of Microplastic Ingestion in Mytilus Mussels around Puget Sound, Washington. Poster presentation. Puget Sound Fall Research Symposium, University of Puget Sound, September 2014.
  • Lyon, N. Plastic Contamination in Marine Environments. Oral presentation. Honors Research Symposium, Seattle University, October 2014.