"I am examining how plastic pollution is affecting oysters in the Chesapeake Bay. Specifically, I look at a category of small plastics called microplastics, which is anything less than 5 millimeters. These come from larger pieces of plastic breaking down in the environment or they were manufactured to be tiny. Pieces this small can be available for organisms, especially oysters, to ingest. My research focuses on how larval oysters are affected when they ingest these microplastics."