Dr João Frias

Principal Investigator
+353 (0)91 74 2522

I completed a PhD in Environmental Studies (2011/2015) at the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCT-UNL), in Portugal. The PhD was supervised by Prof. Paula Sobral (Portugal) and co-supervised by Prof. Richard Thompson from Plymouth University (United Kingdom).

I have been working at the Marine and Freshwater Research Centre since 2017, focussing mainly in marine anthropogenic litter and microplastic pollution in Ireland.

Currently working on several microplastics projects that target baselines, impacts and policy in Ireland and Europe. The most recent project is MicroplastiX , funded by JPI Oceans, and co-funded by the Marine Institute and by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

My research interest is associated with the effects and impacts of marine litter and microplastic pollution in the marine environment, particularly weathering, biofouling, degradation and fragmentation. I have been working on plastic pollution for over 10 years.

I am a member of the Marie Curie Alumni Association and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science since 2018; and a member of SETAC Europe since 2019. For more details and access to publications, please check www.joaofrias.com 



Galway Bay is Calling
Galway Bay is Calling is a project funded by the Creative Ireland Programme for Climate Action (details here) and is led by Music for Galway (https://musicforgalway.ie/),  in collaboration with the Galway Atlantaquaria (https://nationalaquarium.ie/) and the Atlantic Technological University (https://www.atu.ie/).
Waves of Change
Waves of change is a project that will promote sustainable development and behaviour change through ocean literacy
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This project aims to assess the levels of microplastics in two oyster species after depuration
baseman photo
This project aimed at establishing standardised operating procedures for environmental matrices laboratory processing targeted at microplastics
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This project consists of a literature review of the impacts of microplastics in the marine environment and on the proposal of mitigation and/or reduction policy recommendations to address this global environmental issue. 
Nephrops on board
This project is investigating the potential of Nephrops norvegicus as a flagship species for plastic pollution in the deep sea.
MicroplastiX (JPI-Oceans) aims to overcome knowledge gaps concerning microplastic weathering, degradation and fragmentation processes.
The IMP.act project is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action COFUND fellowship funded by the Irish Research Council, aiming at developing a long-term management plan for microplastic pollution in Galway Bay and its environs.
Elena's pink bead
This project is addressing some of the knowledge gaps on microplastics in benthic fauna and sediments in Galway Bay.