Amy Lorraine Lusher
  • Research scientist, Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), Norway, Norway,
Research focus
  • Environmental science
  • 1 Author merit


PhD, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland, 2015


Lusher A., and Hernandez-Milian, G., (in press). Microplastic extraction from marine vertebrate digestive tracts, regurgitates and scats: a protocol for researchers from all experience levels. Bio-protocol (Accepted).
Li, J., Lusher, A., Rotchell, J.M., Deudero, S. D., Turra, A., Bråte, I.L.N.,, Sun, C.,Hossain, M.S., LI, Q., Kolandhasamy, P., Shi, H., (in press). Using mussel as a global bioindicator of coastal microplastic pollution. Environmental Pollution (Accepted)
Bråte, I.L.N., Hurley, R., Iversen, K., Beyer, J., Thomas, K.V., Steindal, C.C., Green, N.W., Olsen, M. and Lusher, A., (2018). Mytilus spp. as sentinels for monitoring microplastic pollution in Norwegian coastal waters: A qualitative and quantitative study. Environmental Pollution, 243, pp.383-393.
Hurley, R.R., Lusher, A.L., Olsen, M. and Nizzetto, L., (2018). Validation of a method for extracting microplastics from complex, organic-rich, environmental matrices. Environmental Science & Technology.
Lusher, A.L., Hernandez-Milian, G., Berrow, S., Rogan, E. and O'Connor, I., (2018). Incidence of marine debris in cetaceans stranded and bycaught in Ireland: Recent findings and a review of historical knowledge. Environmental Pollution, 232, pp.467-476.

Borrelle, S.B., Rochman, C.M., Liboiron, M., Bond, A.L., Lusher, A., Bradshaw, H. and Provencher, J.F., (2017). Opinion: Why we need an international agreement on marine plastic pollution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114(38), pp.9994-9997.
Hernandez‐Milian, G., Lusher, A., O'Brian, J., Fernandez, A., O'Connor, I., Berrow, S. and Rogan, E., (2017). New information on the diet of True's beaked whale (Mesoplodon mirus, Gray 1850), with insights into foraging ecology on mesopelagic prey. Marine Mammal Science, 33(4), pp.1245-1254.
Hernandez-Milian, G., Lusher, A., Marrinan, M.I., O’Brien, J., Berrow, S., Rogan, E., Nykänen, M., Bennison, A., O’Connell, M. (2017). A rare stranding of a female killer whale (Orcinus orca) on the south coast of Ireland. The Irish Naturalists’ Journal.
Lusher, A. L., Welden, N, Sobral, P. & Cole, M. (2017). Sampling, isolating and identifying microplastics ingested by fish and invertebrates, Analytical Chemistry, 9, 1346-1360. (Invited review)
Martin, J., Lusher, A., Thompson, R.C. and Morley, A., (2017). The deposition and accumulation of microplastics in marine sediments and bottom water from the Irish continental shelf. Scientific Reports, 7(1), p.10772.
Welden, N. A., & Lusher, A. L. (2017). Impacts of changing ocean circulation on the distribution of marine microplastic litter. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, 13(3), 483-487. (Invited commentary)

Lusher, A. L., Pope, N. & Handy, R. (2016). Reproductive effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals, bisphenol–A and 17–β oestradiol, on Cerastoderma edule from southwest England. Journal of the Marine Biological Association, 97(2), 347-357.
Lusher, A. L., O’Donnell, C., O'Connor, I. & Officer, R. (2016). Microplastic interactions with North Atlantic mesopelagic fish. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 73 (4), 1214-1225.

Up to 2015
Lusher, A. L., Tirelli, V., O’Connor, I., & Officer, R. (2015). Microplastics in Arctic polar waters: the first reported values of particles in surface and sub-surface samples. Nature: Scientific Reports, 5, 14947.
Lusher, A. L., Hernandez-Milian, G., O’Brien, J., Berrow, S., O’Connor, I., & Officer, R. (2015). Microplastic and macroplastic ingestion by a deep diving, oceanic cetacean: the True's beaked whale (Mesoplodon mirus), Environmental Pollution, 199, 185-91.
Lusher, A. L., Burke, A., O’Connor, I., & Officer, R. (2014). Microplastic pollution in the Northeast Atlantic Ocean: Validated and opportunistic sampling. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 88, 325-333.
Lusher, A.L., McHugh, M. & Thompson, R.C. (2013). Occurrence of microplastics in the gastrointestinal tract of pelagic and demersal fish from the English Channel, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 67, 94 – 99.

Bråte, I. L. B., Huwer, B., Thomas, K.V., Eidsvoll, D. P., Halsband, C., Almroth, B.C., and Lusher, A., (2017). Micro-and macro-plastics in marine species from Nordic waters. Report for Nordic Council of Ministers. doi:10.6027/TN2017-549
Lusher, A., Hollman, P.; Mendoza-Hall, J. Microplastics in fisheries and aquaculture: status of knowledge on their occurrence and implications for aquatic organisms and food safety. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Paper. No. 615. Rome, FAO. 2017
Lusher, A., Bråte, I.L.N., Hurley, R., Iversen, K. and Olsen, M., 2017. Testing of methodology for measuring microplastics in blue mussels (Mytilus spp) and sediments, and recommendations for future monitoring of microplastics (R & D-project). NIVA-Report 7209-2017
Lusher, A., Hurley, R., Vogelsang, C., Nizzetto, L., and Olsen, M., 2017. Mapping microplastics in sludge
NIVA report 7215-2017.
Vogelsang, C., Lusher, A. L., Dadkhah, M. E., Sundvor, I., Umar, M., Ranneklev, S. B., Eidsvoll, D. P., and Meland, S., 2018. Microplastics in road dust – characteristics, pathways and measures. NIVA report 7231-2018.

Lusher, A (2015). Microplastics in the marine environment: distribution, interactions and effects. In M. Bergmann., L. Gutow., & M. Klages (Eds.), Marine Anthropogenic Litter (pp. 245–308). Berlin: Springer.

Baztan et al. Breaking Down the Plastic Age.IN: MICRO 2016. Fate and Impact of Microplastics in Marine Ecosystems from the Coastline to the Open Sea (eds. Baztan et al.). Ensleiver, 2017.

UNEP, United Nations Environment Programme (2016). Marine Plastic Debris and Microplastics
GESAMP (2016). Sources, fate and effects of microplastics in the marine environment: part two of a global assessment (ed. Kershaw P.J., and Rochman. C.M.) (IMO/FAO/UNESCO-IOC/UNIDO/WMO/IAEA/UN/UNEP/UNDP Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Maine Environmental Protection). Rep. Stud. GESAMP no 94
1 Protocol published
Microplastic Extraction from Marine Vertebrate Digestive Tracts, Regurgitates and Scats: A Protocol for Researchers from All Experience Levels
Authors:  Amy L. Lusher and Gema Hernandez-Milian, date: 11/20/2018, view: 8312, Q&A: 0
It is essential to provide a protocol for the separation and identification of microplastics in marine vertebrates (mammals, birds, turtles and fish) that is easy to follow and adaptable depending on research infrastructure. Digesting organic ...
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