Annual Meeting of Irish Freshwater Biologists 2018

Alicia presenting at the Annual Meeting for Irish Freshwater Biologists, showing her title slide On the 23rd of March I attended the Annual Meeting of Irish Freshwater Biologists 2018 (IFBM2018) which was held in University College Dublin.

The topic of this year’s meeting was “Research Challenges in a Changing World”.

Talks filled the day, covering research on a variety of topics, all freshwater biology related. From the effects of climate change and multiple stressors on agriculture streams, to the use of environmental DNA (eDNA) as a monitoring tool.

I presented a 12-minute talk about my work on “The Impacts of Plastic Microbeads on the Physiology of Lemna minor”. Microplastics are contaminants of emerging concern, so I introduced the concept of freshwater microplastics, the project, and my findings. I really enjoyed presenting at the meeting and answering questions from the audience. I also got a chance to meet a few other researchers and share experiences and thoughts, which is always nice!

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