Dr. Sarah-Jeanne Royer currently studies marine debris at the International Pacific Research Center (IPRC), and thanks to the Coriolis µ from Bertin, she was able to sample bioaresols on a daily basis for months, throughout the world’s oceans.
“During the 2010 Malaspina Circumnavigation expedition, we used the Coriolis µ to sample bioaerosols above the sea surface in all the tropical and subtropical oceans of the world. We spent seven months at sea from Spain to Rio de Janeiro in Brasil to Cape Town in South Africa to Perth and Sydney in Australia to Oakland in New Zealand to Honolulu in Hawai’i, through the Panama Canal, to Cartagena in Columbia and back to Spain. The instrument went through storms and rough weather but still continuously sampled bioaerosols every day for the seven-month expedition. We were very happy with the instrument and with the samples collected. Our results were part of a beautiful piece of work in Nature Communications. Overall, we greatly appreciated the instrument because it is easy to use, easy to set up and easy to transport. Given the wide range of applications for the Coriolis, I would now like to develop a new sphere of research in the field of plastic pollution and the presence of microfibers in the atmosphere using the Coriolis.”