Protect and understand the UK’s natural habitats
Biodiversity is the key to our continued existence on this planet. The Centre for Ecology and Conservation (CEC) at the University of Exeter’s Cornwall Campus...Read More
The Galapagos Islands are globally important for their exceptional marine biodiversity including rare and endangered birds, reptiles, fish and coastal organisms found nowhere else on earth.
Ecotourism and fisheries are the mainstay of the economy on this UNESCO World Heritage site. Tourist numbers (when not restricted by the current pandemic) exceed a quarter of a million each year, with a plastic footprint that threatens to dwarf that of the 27,000 local population.
Many of these endangered species are known to ingest plastic and suffer entanglement, whilst contamination of the food chain with microplastics has been recently demonstrated by Exeter researchers.
The mangrove forests of the Eastern Pacific – vitally important and distinct ecosystems – are also threatened by the impacts of plastic litter and Exeter researchers have been conducting some of the first surveys to determine what impacts this has on their function.
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