Document Type



Baccalaureate degree in Educational Studies

Thesis Supervisor: Amy Leshinsky, Ed.D.


Microplastic pollution impacts the earth’s oceans. Research at the deep sea and surface level, as well as research examining different bodies of water, indicates this problem is widespread. This research examines data from 2012 to the present to assess the impact the human stressor of microplastic has on marine ecosystems and ocean sampling and the insight that peer reviewed research on microplastics can provide as coastal universities create Blue Economy strategic action plans. Data indicates microplastics are a critical issue to the oceans overall health. The implications of the research are designed to target a variety of community members at coastal universities. The implications include a call to action for responsible landscape design and education-driven initiatives that target faculty and students.