Gunhild Bødtker, Senior Researcher – NORCE
Gunhild is a microbiologist who has been involved in plastic related environmental research since 2019. Her main scientific experience stems from more than 20 years conducting applied research within petroleum reservoir microbiology. (Petroleum reservoirs are layers of rock that contain oil or gas – and also microbes!) The fact that conventional plastics, and even some biodegradable plastics, are made from petroleum-based building blocks led her to environmental plastic research. Her ongoing research includes assessing the effect of plastic accumulation on soil microbial ecology and activity along the western coast of Norway, and biodegradation rates of biodegradable plastics in cold marine environments in the ‘Built2Biodegrade’ project.