Amy Lorraine Lusher
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. Eriksen, Marcus; Lusher, Amy; Nixon, Mia; Wernery, Ulrich; (2021) The plight of camels eating plastic waste. Journal of Arid Environments ISSN 0140-1963. doi: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2020.104374
  2. Yakushev, Evgeniy; Gebruk, Anna; Osadchiev, Alexander; Pakhomova, Svetlana; Lusher, Amy; Berezina, Anfisa; van Bavel, Bert; Vorozheikina, Elena; Chernykh, Denis; Kolbasova, Glafira; Razgon, Ilia; Semiletov, Igor; (2021) Microplastics distribution in the Eurasian Arctic is affected by Atlantic waters and Siberian rivers. Communications Earth & Environment ISSN 2662-4435. doi: 10.1038/s43247-021-00091-0
  3. Provencher, J F; Liboiron, M; Borrelle, S B; Bond, A L; Rochman, C; Lavers, J L; Avery-Gomm, S; Yamashita, R; Ryan, P G; Lusher, A L; Hammer, S; Bradshaw, H; Khan, J; Mallory, M L; (2020) A Horizon Scan of research priorities to inform policies aimed at reducing the harm of plastic pollution to biota. Science of the Total Environment ISSN 0048-9697. Vol 733 doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.139381
  4. 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. Vol 74 No9 s1066-1077 doi: 10.1177/0003702820930292
  5. Nerheim, Magnus S; Lusher, Amy L; (2020) Investigating microsized anthropogenic particles in Norwegian fjords using opportunistic nondisruptive sampling. Anthropocene Coasts ISSN 2561-4150. Vol 3 No1 doi: 10.1139/anc-2020-0002
  6. Lusher, Amy L; Munno, Keenan; Hermabessiere, Ludovic; Carr, Steve; (2020) Isolation and Extraction of Microplastics from Environmental Samples: An Evaluation of Practical Approaches and Recommendations for Further Harmonisation. Applied Spectroscopy ISSN 0003-7028. Vol 74 No9 s1049-1065 doi: 10.1177/0003702820938993
  7. Provencher, Jennifer F; Covernton, Garth A; Moore, Rhiannon C; Horn, Dorothy A; Conkle, Jeremy L; Lusher, Amy; (2020) Proceed with caution: The need to raise the publication bar for microplastics research. Science of the Total Environment ISSN 0048-9697. Vol 748 doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.141426
  8. Lusher, Amy L; Bråte, Inger Lise N; Munno, Keenan; Hurley, Rachel R; Welden, Natalie A; (2020) Is It or Isn’t It: The Importance of Visual Classification in Microplastic Characterization. Applied Spectroscopy ISSN 0003-7028. Vol 74 No9 s1139-1153 doi: 10.1177/0003702820930733
  9. Welden, Natalie A; Lusher, Amy; (2020) Microplastics: from origin to impacts. Letcher, Trevor M. Elsevier Kapittel Chapter 9. ISBN 978-0-12-817880-5. s223-249
  10. Hurley, Rachel; Horton, Alice; Lusher, Amy; Nizzetto, Luca; (2020) Plastic waste in the terrestrial environment. Letcher, Trevor M. Elsevier Kapittel Chapter 7. ISBN 978-0-12-817880-5. s163-193
  11. Brander, Susanne M.; Renick, Violet C; Foley, Melissa M; Steele, Clare; Woo, Mary; Lusher, Amy; Carr, Steve; Helm, Paul; Box, Carolynn; Cherniak, Sam; Andrews, Robert C; Rochman, Chelsea M; (2020) Sampling and Quality Assurance and Quality Control: A Guide for Scientists Investigating the Occurrence of Microplastics Across Matrices. Applied Spectroscopy ISSN 0003-7028. Vol 74 No9 s1099-1125 doi: 10.1177/0003702820945713
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
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