Amy Lorraine Lusher
PhD
Position: Researcher Scientist, PhD
Phone: +47 930 59 798
Section: Miljøgifter
Dr Lusher is an influential researcher in the field of marine pollution. Having been at the forefront of microplastic and marine pollution research in the nearly a decade, she has authored and co-authored 20 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, 6 published conference proceedings and contributed towards 5 technical reports. Currently, her research focuses on the distribution, interactions and potential effects of microplastics in the marine environment. She has been involved in the development of numerous methods for the identification of microplastics from different environmental matrices including sediments, water column and biota. Dr Lusher developed an underway sampling regime to filter microplastics from the water column of the North Atlantic and the Arctic (Lusher et al. 2014; Lusher et al. 2015). She also developed methods for sampling fish (Lusher et al. 2013) and marine mammals (Lusher et al. 2015b). She led a critical review of the methods used in the identification of ingested microplastics by wild and laboratory exposed biota (Lusher et al. 2017) and most recently was a leading contributor to a Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) reportfocusing on microplastics in fisheries and aquaculture (finfish and shellfish).

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Scientific articles and Bookchapters

  1. Provencher, JF; Liboiron, M; Borrelle, SB; Bond, AL; Rochman, C; Lavers, JL; Avery-Gomm, S; Yamashita, R; Ryan, PG; Lusher, AL; Hammer, S; Bradshaw, H; Khan, J; Mallory, ML; (2020) A Horizon Scan of research priorities to informpolicies aimed at reducing the harm of plastic pollution to biota. Science of the Total Environment ISSN 0048-9697. Vol 733
  2. Lusher, Amy; Bråte, Inger Lise Nerland; Munno, Keenan; Hurley, Rachel; Welden, Natalie A; (2020) Is It or Isn’t It: The Importance of Visual Classification in Microplastic Characterization.. Applied Spectroscopy ISSN 0003-7028. doi: 10.1177/0003702820930733
  3. Cowger, Win; Booth, Andy M; Hamilton, Bonnie M; Thaysen, Clara; Primpke, Sebastian; Munno, Keenan; Lusher, Amy L; Dehaut, Alexandre; Vaz, Vitor P; Liboiron, Max; Devriese, Lisa I; Hermabessiere, Ludovic; Rochman, Chelsea; Athey, Samantha N; Lynch, Jennifer M; De Frond, Hannah; Gray, Andrew; Jones, Oliver AH; Brander, Susanne; Steele, Clare; Moore, Shelly; Sanchez, Alterra; Nel, Holly; (2020) Reporting Guidelines to Increase the Reproducibility and Comparability of Research on Microplastics. Applied Spectroscopy ISSN 0003-7028. doi: 10.1177/0003702820930292
  4. Hartmann, Nanna; Huffer, T; Thompson, R.C; Hassellöv, Martin; Verschoor, Antonie M.; Daugaard, Anders Egede; Rist, S; Karlsson, Therese M; Brennholt, Nicole; Cole, Matthew; Herrling, M.P; Heß, M; Ivleva, N.P; Lusher, Amy; Wagner, Martin; (2019) Are We Speaking the Same Language? Recommendations for a Definition and Categorization Framework for Plastic Debris. Environmental Science and Technology ISSN 0013-936X. Vol 53 No3 s1039-1047 doi: 10.1021/acs.est.8b05297
  5. Hartmann, Nanna B; Huffer, Thorsten; Thompson, Richard C.; Hassellöv, Martin; Verschoor, Anja; Daugaard, Anders E.; Rist, Sinja; Karlsson, Therese; Brennholt, Nicole; Cole, Matthew; Herrling, Maria P; Hess, Maren C; Ivleva, Natalia P; Lusher, Amy L; Wagner, Martin; (2019) Are We Speaking the Same Language? Recommendations for a Definition and Categorization Framework for Plastic Debris. Environmental Science and Technology ISSN 0013-936X. Vol 53 No3 s1039-1047 doi: 10.1021/acs.est.8b05297
  6. Conchubhair, Diarmuid Ó; Fitzhenry, Deirdre; Lusher, Amy; King, Andrew L; van Emmerik, Tim; Lebreton, Laurent; Ricaurte-Villota, Constanza; Espinosa, Luisa; O'Rourke, Eleanor; (2019) Joint effort among research infrastructures to quantify the impact of plastic debris in the ocean. Environmental Research Letters ISSN 1748-9326. Vol 14 No6 doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/ab17ed
  7. Isobe, Atsuhiko; Buenaventura, Nina T; Chastain, Stephen; Chavanich, Suchana; Cózar, Andrés; DeLorenzo, Marie; Hagmann, Pascal; Hinata, Hirofumi; Kozlovskii, Nikolai; Lusher, Amy L; Martí, Elisa; Michida, Yutaka; Mu, Jingli; Ohno, Motomichi; Potter, Gael; Ross, Peter S; Sagawa, Nao; Shim, Won Joon; Song, Young Kyoung; Takada, Hideshige; Tokai, Tadashi; Torii, Takaaki; Uchida, Keiichi; Vassillenko, Katerina; Viyakarn, Voranop; Zhang, Weiwei; (2019) An interlaboratory comparison exercise for the determination of microplastics in standard sample bottles. Marine Pollution Bulletin ISSN 0025-326X. Vol 146 s831-837 doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.07.033
  8. Hernandez-Milian, G; Lusher, A; MacGabban, S; Rogan, E; (2019) Microplastics in grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) intestines: Are they associated with parasite aggregations?. Marine Pollution Bulletin ISSN 0025-326X. Vol 146 s349-354 doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.06.014
  9. Claro, Francoise; Fossi, Maria Cristina; Ioakeimidis, Christos; Baini, Matteo; Lusher, Amy L; McFee, Wayne; McIntosh, Rebecca Ruth; Pelamatti, Tania; Sorce, Meaghan; Galgani, François; Hardesty, Britta Denise; (2019) Tools and constraints in monitoring interactions between marine litter and megafauna: Insights from case studies around the world. Marine Pollution Bulletin ISSN 0025-326X. Vol 141 s147-160 doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.01.018
  10. Li, Jiana; Lusher, Amy L; Rotchell, Jeanette M.; Deudero, Salud; Turra, Alexander; Bråte, Inger Lise N; Sun, Chengjun; Hossain, M. Shahadat; Li, Qipei; Kolandhasamy, Prabhu; Shi, Huahong; (2019) Using mussel as a global bioindicator of coastal microplastic pollution. Environmental Pollution (1987) ISSN 0269-7491. Vol 244 s522-533 doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2018.10.032
  11. Panti, Cristina; Baini, M; Lusher, Amy; Hernandez-Milian, Gema; Rebolledo, Elisa L. Bravo; Unger, Bianca; Syberg, Kristian; Simmonds, Mark P.; Fossi, Maria Cristina; (2019) Marine litter: One of the major threats for marine mammals. Outcomes from the European Cetacean Society workshop. Environmental Pollution (1987) ISSN 0269-7491. Vol 247 s72-79 doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2019.01.029
  12. Lusher, A L; Hurley, R R; Vogelsang, C; (2019) Microplastics in sewage sludge: Captured but released?. Karapanagioti, Hrissi K; Kalavrouziotis, Ioannis K; IWA Publishing Kapittel 6. ISBN 9781789060034. s85-100
  13. Lusher, Amy L; Hernandez-Milian, Gema; (2018) Microplastic Extraction from Marine Vertebrate Digestive Tracts, Regurgitates and Scats: A Protocol for Researchers from All Experience Levels. Bio-protocol ISSN 2331-8325. Vol 8 No22 doi: 10.21769/BioProtoc.3087
  14. Bråte, Inger Lise N; Hurley, Rachel; Iversen, Karine; Beyer, Jonny; Thomas, Kevin V; Steindal, Calin C; Green, Norman W; Olsen, Marianne; Lusher, Amy; (2018) Mytilus spp. as sentinels for monitoring microplastic pollution in Norwegian coastal waters: A qualitative and quantitative study. Environmental Pollution (1987) ISSN 0269-7491. Vol 243 NoA s383-393 doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2018.08.077
  15. Lusher, Amy L; Hernandez-Milian, Gema; Berrow, Simon; Rogan, Emer; O'Connor, Ian; (2018) Incidence of marine debris in cetaceans stranded and bycaught in Ireland: Recent findings and a review of historical knowledge. Environmental Pollution (1987) ISSN 0269-7491. Vol 232 s467-476 doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2017.09.070
  16. Hurley, Rachel R; Lusher, Amy L; Olsen, Marianne; Nizzetto, Luca; (2018) Validation of a Method for Extracting Microplastics from Complex, Organic-Rich, Environmental Matrices. Environmental Science and Technology ISSN 0013-936X. Vol 52 No13 s7409-7417 doi: 10.1021/acs.est.8b01517
  17. Borrelle, S; Rochman, Chelsea; Liboiron, M; Bond, Alexander L.; Lusher, Amy; Bradshaw, H; Provencher, Jennifer; (2017) Opinion: Why we need an international agreement on marine plastic pollution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America ISSN 0027-8424. Vol 114 No38 s9994-9997
  18. Hernandez-Milian, Gema; Lusher, Amy; Marrinan, M.I.; O'Brien, Joanne; Berrow, Simon; Rogan, Emer; Nykänen, M.; Bennison, Ashley; O'Connell, M; (2017) A rare stranding of a female killer whale (Orcinus orca) on the south coast of Ireland. The Irish Naturalist's Journal ISSN 0021-1311. Vol 35 No2 s149-150
  19. Lusher, Amy; Welden, Natalie; Sobral, Paula; Cole, Matthew; (2017) Sampling, isolating and identifying microplastics ingested by fish and invertebrates. Analytical Chemistry ISSN 0003-2700. Vol 9 s1346-1360
  20. Welden, Natalie; Lusher, Amy; (2017) Impacts of changing ocean circulation on the distribution of marine microplastic litter. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management ISSN 1551-3777. Vol 13 No3 s483-487
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