Martina Capriotti is an Italian marine biology researcher. Martina started to study marine pollution while writing her bachelor’s thesis. She later moved to Norway to work on her thesis, which was on the toxic effects of endocrine disruptors in salmon. She got her PhD at the University of Camerino, where she continued working on endocrine disruptors. She received a grant from the National Geographic Society for investigating the dangerous effects of chemicals carried by microplastics and received an award from the SKY Ocean Rescue initiative. Before becoming a postdoc at the University of Camerine and a lecturer at Zhengzhou University in China, she worked at University of Connecticut on the eco-physiology of suspension feeders. She is deeply engaged in science communication and education, aiming to increase ocean pollution awareness.
“Bringing science to the broader public is a fundamental step to reduce the introduction of contaminants into the ocean. Only by increasing awareness can we work on protecting nature.”
Endocrine disruptors can be found associated with microplastics, tiny pieces of plastic (<5mm) nowadays ubiquitous in the marine environment, coming from the breakdown of larger plastic objects or intentionally produced of these small dimensions. Chemical contaminants can be found inside the plastic as plasticizers or attached to their surface and travel with them.
Bringing science to the broader public is a fundamental step to reduce the introduction of contaminants into the ocean. Only by increasing awareness we can work on protecting nature. I set up an educational field lab aiming to engage young students in macroplastic and microplastic sampling along the beach because I believe that the younger generations have the power to safeguard our planet.