Publications supported by 5 Gyres Research. For General Media, please visit our press page.

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Reports and Reviews:

Plastics BAN List 2.0
5 Gyres, Algalita, Californians Against Waste, Clean Production Action, Plastic Pollution Coalition, Responsible Purchasing Network, Story of Stuff, Surfrider Foundation and UPSTREAM  – November 2017

Nature of Plastic Marine Pollution in the Subtropical Gyres
A chapter on the gyres that 5 Gyres contributed on global impacts of plastic pollution – February 2017

Plastics BAN List
5 Gyres, Surfrider Foundation, Clean Production Action, and UPSTREAM – November 2016

Scientific Journals:

Spatial trends and drivers of marine debris accumulation on shorelines in South Eleuthera, The Bahamas using citizen science
Kristal K. Ambrose, Carolynn Box, James Boxall, Annabelle Brooks, Marcus Eriksen, Joan Fabres, Georgios Fylakis, Tony R. Walker – March 2019

Evaluating the Impact of Mitigation Strategies for Marine Litter and Microplastics to Inform Policy: A White Paper
Plastic Pollution Emissions Working Group – November 2018

Double trouble in the South Pacific subtropical gyre: Increased plastic ingestion by fish in the oceanic accumulation zone
Ana Markica, Clarisse Niemandb, James H. Bridsonc, Nabila Mazouni-Gaertnerd, Jean-Claude Gaertnere, Marcus Eriksen, Melissa Boweng – October 2018

Microfibers, Macro Problems
Róisín Magee Altreuter, 5 Gyres Ambassador – November 2017

Microplastic: What Are the Solutions?
Dr Marcus Eriksen, Martin Thiel, Matt Prindiville, Tim Kiessling – November 2017

Microplastic sampling with the AVANI trawl compared to two neuston trawls in the Bay of Bengal and South Pacific
Prepared by Dr Marcus Eriksen of 5 Gyres – September 2017

Tracking CA Trash Final Report on Testing Trash “Flux” Monitoring Methods in Flowing Water Bodies
Prepared by Carolynn Box of 5 Gyres for BASMAA – March 2017

Microplastic contamination in the San Francisco Bay, California, USA
Marine Pollution Bulletin

Dr. Rebecca Sutton; study contributed to by Carolynn Box of 5 Gyres – July 2016.

Pelagic plastic pollution within the surface waters of Lake Michigan, USA
Journal of Great Lakes Research

Sherri A. Mason, Laura Kammin, Marcus Eriksen, Ghadah Aleid, Stiv Wilson, Carolynn Box, Nick Williamson, Anjanette Riley – June 2016. 

A global inventory of small floating plastic debris IOPSCIENCE
Erik van Sebille, Chris Wilcox, Laurent Lebreton, Nicolai Maximenko, Britta Denise Hardesty, Jan A. van Franeker, Marcus Eriksen, David Siegel, Francois Galgani and Kara Lavender Law – November 2015.

Plastic pollution in the world’s oceans: More than 5 trillion plastic pieces weighing over 250,000 tons afloat at sea PLOS ONE
Marcus Eriksen, Laurent CM Lebreton, Henry S. Carson, Martin Thiel, Charles J. Moore, Jose C. Borerro, Francois Galgani, Peter G. Ryan, Julia Reisser – December 2014.

Global research priorities to mitigate plastic pollution impacts on marine wildlife Endangered Species Research
A.C. Vegter, M. Barletta, C. Beck, J. Borrero, H. Burton, M.L. Campbell, M.F. Costa, M. Eriksen, C. Eriksson, A. Estrades, K.V.K. Gilardi, B.D. Hardesty, J.A. Ivar do Sul, J.L. Lavers, B. Lazar, L. Lebreton, W.J. Nichols, C.A. Ribic, P.G. Ryan, Q.A. Schuyler, S.D.A. Smith, H. Takada, K.A. Townsend, C.C.C. Wabnitz, C. Wilcox, L.S. young, M. Hamann – October 2014.

High-levels of microplastic pollution in a large, remote mountain lake Marine Pollution Bulletin
Christopher M. Free, Olaf P. Jensen, Sherri A. Mason, Marcus Eriksen, Nicholas J. Williamson, Bazartseren Boldgiv – August 2014.

Plastic Pollution in Tulane Law Journal
Marcus Eriksen – May 2014.

Relationship of diversity and habitat area in North Pacific plastic-associated rafting communities Marine Biology
Miriam C. Goldstein, Henry S. Carson, Marcus Eriksen – April 2014.

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in fish tissue may be an indicator of plastic contamination in marine habitats Science of the Total Environment
Chelsea M. Rochman, Rebecca L. Lewison, Marcus Eriksen, Harry Allen, Anna-Marie Cook, Swee J. The – April 2014.

The Case for a Ban on Microplastics in Personal Care Products Tulane Environmental Law Journal
Rachel Doughty, Marcus Eriksen – April 2014.

The Plastisphere – The Making of a Plasticized World Tulane Environmental Law Journal
Marcus Eriksen – April 2014.

Microplastic pollution in the surface waters of the Laurentian Great Lakes Marine Plastic Bulletin
Marcus Eriksen, Sherri Mason, Stiv Wilson, Carolynn Box, Ann Zellers, William Edwards, Hannah Farley, Stephen Amato – December 2013.

The plastic-associated microorganisms of the North Pacific Gyre Marine Pollution Bulletin
Henry S. Carson, Magnus S. Nerheim, Katherine A Carroll, Marcus Eriksen – October 2013.

Plastic pollution in the South Pacific subtropical gyre Marine Pollution Bulletin
Marcus Eriksen, Nikolai Maximenko, Martin Thiel, Anna Cummins, Gwen Lattin, Stiv Wilson, Jan Hafner, Ann Zellers, Samual Rifman – March 2013.

An ecological assessment of bisphenol-A: Evidence from comparative biology Reproductive Toxicology
D. Andrew Crain, Marcus Eriksen, Taisen Iguchi, Susan Jobling, Hans Laufer, Gerald A. LeBlanc, Louis J. Guillette Jr. –  August-September 2007.

Policy Briefs:

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