Stephanie Wright

Stephanie Wright


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Biographical details

I graduated with a degree in Marine Biology in 2010 from Newcastle University. I then completed a PhD at the University of Exeter, which focused on the potential for microplastics to cause harm in the marine environment. In 2015 I joined King’s College London, where I am currently an MRC-funded early-career research fellow in the MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health and the Environmental Research Group. 

Research interests

My research focuses on the potential for microscopic plastic particles (microplastics) to impact human health via inhalation and diet. Specifically, I am interested in whether microplastics are airborne; whether air quality measurement instruments can be applied to monitor microplastics; what the sources of airborne microplastics are; whether humans are bioaccumulating microplastics; and the potential human health impacts associated with microplastic exposure.

Research interests (short)

Microscopic pieces of degraded plastic – microplastics - are a known marine contaminant with harmful impacts. My research aims to capture and identify potential microplastics in air samples and, if of inhalable size, estimate human exposure levels and health impacts.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Biosciences, Doctor of Philosophy, The potential for microplastics to cause harm in the marine environment, University of Exeter

1 May 20111 May 2015

Award Date: 3 Dec 2015

Marine Biology, Bachelor of Science, The activation o f barnacle sperm in elevated seawater pH, Newcastle University

Sept 2007Jun 2010

Award Date: 1 Jun 2010


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