Gabriella Panto

I obtained my BS in Biology in Alessandria (University of Eastern Piedmont, Italy) and the inter-university Master's in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management (VUB, UGent, UAntwerp). My Master's thesis focused on the benthic community structure and response to ice shelf dynamics in the Antarctic Peninsula, using both metabarcoding and morphological identification.

My PhD project is part of a bigger framework in the JPIOceans project "HOTMIC - Horizontal and vertical oceanic distribution, transport and impact of microplastics". A wide range of approaches will be used in order to assess the presence of microplastics in the Atlantic coast and the North Atlantic garbage patch. My project will focus on the presence of microplastics in the sediments (and their possible burial), and in the guts of meio- and macro- fauna, investigating the possible transfer to higher trophic levels.