Hair comb, toothbrush, plastic bottle necks, caps & bags found in sea turtles’ stomachs.

Last fall I published my first first-authored paper in a scientific journal, yay! For scientists, this is a big milestone in our career. I worked on this project for the first 3 years of my PhD, while I was a PhD student at Texas A&M.  I am now a PhD Candidate at the University of Texas at El Paso.

I am passionate about the work I do, and believe it is important for scientists to share their work broadly. So, I’ve created a “Fact sheet” of my paper to share with you (inspired by

As you read through this, please keep in mind that we CAN all make a difference to reduce the amount of human-generated trash that ends up in the environment.

Simple, easy ways to reduce our impact include:

  • Refuse single-use plastics, opt for reusable canvas shopping bags and reusable mesh produce bags (all machine washable!)
  • Switch out your single-use plastic bottles for a reusable water bottle. They come in all colors, shapes, sizes and some are even insulated to keep your water cold all day!
  • Say no to plastic straws, if you really love straws, opt for reusable and dishwasher safe stainless steel ones!

WE can all have a positive impact!


.pdf available here, please feel free to use in education settings. Full article available here.

Factsheet created by Kathryn Wedemeyer-Strombel, if you have questions please contact me at

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship under Grant No. DGE- 1252521. Any opinion, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.