Natasha Neves

Master’s Student, Biology

I am a Brazilian ecologist interested in mitigating the effects of plastic pollution on aquatic environments. As a little girl growing up on the beach, marine debris has always worried me. Watching the negative impacts it has on nature motivated me to pursue a career in Biology. In my undergraduate program at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), I studied human impacts on an endangered butterfly species, sea turtle populations, coral reefs ecosystems, and evaluated microplastic contamination in swimming crabs. In my master’s program at Queen’s, I am currently investigating trophic transfer of microplastics on freshwater food webs and the harmful effects that this pollution might bring to natural ecosystems. I love being in nature, whether mountain climbing, swimming in the sea, or enjoying the shade on a lake’s shore. I want to apply my research to conservation projects, public policies, and to engage with the general public, because I believe that only together, we can protect our global biodiversity.