Articles Published in Peer-Reviewed Journals

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Alice answering questions about her Master's research on microplastics pollution in San Francisco Bay as part of a panel at the symposium, Science & Solutions for Microplastics Pollution, in Berkeley, California in October of 2019. From left to right: Alice, Meg Sedlak (SFEI), Diana Lin (SFEI), Alicia Gilbreath (SFEI), and Carolynn Box (5 Gyres).

Papers from 2020: 

Zhu, X. (2021) The Plastic Cycle - an unknown branch of the Carbon Cycle. Frontiers in Marine Science, doi: work).

Zhu, X., Munno, K., Grbic, J., Werbowski, L., Bikker, J., Ho, A., Guo, E., Sedlak, M., Sutton, R., Box, C., Lin, D., Gilbreath, A., Holleman, R.C., Fortin, M., Rochman, C. M. Holistic assessment of microplastics and other anthropogenic microdebris in an urban bay sheds light on their sources and fate. Environmental Science & Technology Water, In Review. (Master's work). 

Rochman, C., Munno, K., Box, C., Cummins, A., Zhu, X., and Sutton, R. (2020) Think global, act local: local knowledge is critical to inform positive change when it comes to microplastics. Environmental Science & Technology, doi: (Master's work). 

Hung, C., Klasios, N., Zhu, X., Sedlak, M., Sutton, B., and Rochman, C. (2020). Methods Matter: Methods for Sampling Microplastic and other Anthropogenic Particles and Their Implications for Monitoring and Ecological Risk Assessment. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, doi: 10.1002/ieam.4325 (Master's work). 

Papers from 2019: 

Zhu, X., Nguyen, B., You, J.B., Karakolis, E., Sinton, D., and Rochman, C. (2019). Identification of microfibers in the environment using multiple lines of evidence. Environmental Science & Technology, doi: (Master's work).

Gilbreath, A., McKee, L., Shimabuku, K., Lin, D., Rochman, C., Zhu, X., Grbic, J., and Werbowski, L. (2019). Multi-year water quality performance and mass accumulation of PCBs, mercury, methylmercury copper and microplastics in a bioretention rain garden. Sustainable Water in the Built Environment, 5(4): 04019004. doi: 10.1061/JSWBAY.0000883 (Master’s work).

Rochman, C.M., Brookson, C., Bikker, J., Djuric, N., Earn, A., Bucci, K., Athey, S., Huntington, A., McIlwraith, H., Munno, K., De Frond, H., Kolomijeca, A., Erdle, L., Grbic, J., Bayoumi, M., Borrelle, S.B., Wu, T., Santoro, S., Werbowski, L.M., Zhu, X., Giles, R.K., Hamilton, B.M., Thaysen, C., Kaura, A., Klasios, N., Ead, L., Kim, J., Sherlock, C., Ho, A., and Hung, C. (2019). Rethinking microplastics as a diverse contaminant suite. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 38(4): 703-711. doi: (Master’s work)

Papers from 2015: 

Zhu, X. (2015). Optimization of an elutriation device for the filtration of microplastic particles from sediment. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 92(1-2): 69-72. doi:

Reports and Theses:

Master's Thesis: The Sources of Microplastics in San Francisco Bay. 

Report: Understanding Microplastic Levels, Pathways, and Transport in the San Francisco Bay Region.

Papers for Courses and Independent Research Projects

Characterization of CO/CO2 in the Greater Toronto Area (Fourth-year BSc Honours Thesis)

Dynamics of the Paris Climate Summit, its Comparison to Copenhagen, and Analysis of Success Factors of International Climate Negotiations (Independent Research from COP21)

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