Physiological effects of plastic loading in northern fulmars, Fulmarus glacialis: A comparative study of colonies across a range of latitudes.

The object of this master’s project is to assess the physiological impacts of plastic pollution on seabirds, by comparing differentially polluted populations of northern fulmars, Fulmarus glacialis, a bird known to regularly ingest marine plastics and to accumulate pollutants of high environmental concern. The project aims to widen the geographic range of an existing data set on plastic loads in the stomachs of fulmars by sampling northern fulmars from Svalbard, at 78°N. It also aims to gain more knowledge about the links between plastic ingestion and tissue content of plastic, alongside the potential physiological impacts of both ingested plastics and the toxic compounds that they adsorb, a research area highlighted by numerous studies as requiring further study