Maria T. (Maite) Maldonado


Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

Research Specialization: Microbial degradation of microplastics; Novel methods to characterize and quantify microplastics in marine environments; Oceanography; Marine biogeochemistry; Marine pollution; Environmental monitoring; Plankton, Zooplankton; Organic contaminants; Trace metals

Interest in Microplastics:

  • 10µm - 5mm Microfibers (MFs)
  • Developing innovative technologies for the accurate quantification & characterization of MFs in marine environments (waters & plankton…)
  • Studying the sources, transport and fate of MFs in the Strait of Georgia (SoG) and its urbanized watershed
  • Investigating biological degradation of MFs in the marine environment
  • Working with predictive modelers to evaluate the ultimate fate of MFs in SoG

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