Surrounded by the ocean
I grew up and currently live on an island off the coast of Maine. The ocean has been my passion driving my personal and professional path. I hold a Bachelor of Science from the University of Tasmania and a Master of Philosophy in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic.
Directing microplastics research since 2012, I initiated the first baseline data map of microplastic pollution distribution in Maine. Recently, I concluded my work as the Principal Investigator for the Global Microplastics Initiative with Adventure Scientists . Through the help of citizen scientists, we compiled one of the largest global datasets on every ocean and continent in the world, enabling a rare glimpse at the extent of plastic contamination in remote, understudied ocean and fresh waters.
My interests are in research, field methodology, education and utilizing scientific data to drive policy and legislation to reduce single-use plastic globally.
Barrows, A.P.W., Christiansen, K.S., Bode, E.T. and Hoellein, T.J. (2018) A watershed-scale, citizen science approach to quantifying microplastic concentration in a mixed land-use river. Water Research 147, 382-392.
Miller, R.Z., Watts, A.J.R., Winslow, B.O., Galloway, T.S., Barrows, A.P.W. (2017) Mountains to the sea: River study of plastic and non-plastic microfiber pollution in the northeast USA. Marine Pollution Bulletin 124, 245-251.
Barrows, A.P.W., Neumann, C.A., Berger, M.L., Shaw, S.D. (2017) Grab vs. neuston tow net: a microplastic sampling performance comparison and possible advances in the field. Analytical Methods. Advance Article. DOI: 10.1039/c6ay02387h
Bar-Ness, Y.D., McQuillan, P.B., Whitman, M., Junker, R.R., Cracknell, M., Barrows, A. (2011) Sampling forest canopy arthropod biodiversity with three novel minimal-cost trap designs. Australian Journal of Entomology. 51(1):12 – 21
Barrows A.P.W., Martin-Smith K.M., Baine M.S.P. (2009) Population Parameters and Life History Characteristics of the Alligator Pipefish Syngnathoides biaculeatus (Bloch), in Papua New Guinea. Journal of Fish Biology. 74: 4 Pp 806-819.
The Working Waterfront: Microplastics are everywhere you are, and that’s not good
National Geographic-Explorers Journal: A Firsthand Account of Indonesian Plastic Pollution
The Washington Post: Are synthetic fleece and other types of clothing harming our water?
MICRO 2016. Fate and Impact of Microplastics in Marine Ecosystems From the Coastline to the Open Sea. Edited by: Baztan, J., Jorgensen, B., Pahl, S., Thompson, R.C., Vanderlinden., J.P. Understanding Microplastic Distribution: A Global Citizen Monitoring Effort (2016). Barrows., A.P.W. .ELSEVIER ISBN: 978-0-12-812271-6