03.07.2018 | For her PhD at the Fisheries Biology Working Group at ZMT, Carolin Müller investigates the impact of microplastic on juvenile fish survival and growth in coastal ecosystems. At the 42nd Annual Larval Fish Conference in Canada, her poster about the impact of microplastic uptake in juvenile seabream was awarded the John H.S. Blaxter Price for the best student poster.
With the support of the GLOMAR Graduate School, she was able to present her project already in her first year of research to renowned scientists from around the world during a poster session at the conference. It promotes exchange not only between the more than 400 international members of the American Fisheries Society, but also serves as an introduction of early-career scientists and students to the international research community.
“This year’s conference was particularly relevant for me as one of the sessions explicitly covered emerging threats to early life stages of fish. Together with ocean acidification, increasing water temperatures and habitat degradation, microplastic pollution was identified as one of the important anthropogenic impacts affecting larval and juvenile fish growth and survival”, says Carolin Müller.
The 42nd Annual Larval Fish Conference officially started on the 24th of June and offered four days of talks and poster sessions, which provided a huge variety of insights into early life stages of fish for the approximately 100 participants.