Researching plankton might not seem like the most interesting organisms to study in the ocean.
But the tiny plant-like organisms called phytoplankton and the small, bizarre-looking animals called zooplankton make up almost 95 per cent of biomass in our seas.
Microplastic, on the other hand, is the result of plastic trash being broken down into seemingly invisible plastic particles by wear and UV light, and is a major threat to marine biodiversity.
Last month, a group of marine science students from the University of Wollongong (UOW) ventured out to sea off Wollongong harbour to collect samples of plankton and microplastic to research the impact of human actions not only on plankton, but rising seas temperatures and global warming as well.
For the full article highlighting the potential impact to our marine ecosystem please click here.