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Reflections on a decade of seabird pollution monitoring on Lord Howe Island


Lavers, JL, Reflections on a decade of seabird pollution monitoring on Lord Howe Island, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Australasia 2021, 02 September, Melbourne (2021) [Keynote Presentation]

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Flesh-footed and Wedge-tailed Shearwaters have been the focus of much research on Lord Howe Island. Over the past decade, our team has documented a variety of sub-lethal effects associated with ingested plastic pollution, including increased exposure to organic and inorganic chemicals, reductions in body mass and other key metrics likely to influence survival to breeding age, and alterations to blood parameters such as cholesterol and uric acid which may reflect organ and tissue damage. Ten years on, we reflect on the knowledge gained, consider the many fundamental questions that remain unanswered, and discuss the emotional cost researchers face when studying environmental degradation.

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Item Type:Keynote Presentation
Keywords:marine debris, plastic pollution, remote island, seabird monitoring
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Marine biodiversity
UTAS Author:Lavers, JL (Dr Jennifer Lavers)
ID Code:145887
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2021-08-10
Last Modified:2021-08-11

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