Serena Abel

Post-Doc / Assistent
Environmental Scientist

Program MGU
Universität Basel
Vesalgasse 1
CH-4051 Basel
+41 61 207 57 53

Research interests

  • Microplastic research in sediment and
    in meltwater lakes of the Swiss Alps
  • Anthropogenic environmental impact
  • Research at MSE

Current cooperations

  • Geoecology group, Department of Environmental Sciences
    University Basel


Human footprints at hadal depths: interlayer and intralayer comparison of sediment cores from the Kuril Kamchatka Trench.

Systematic identification of microplastics in abyssal and hadal sediments of the Kuril Kamchatka Trench.
10.1016/j.envpol.2020.116095 2020

Effects of the uv filter, Oxybenzone, adsorbed to microplastics in the clam scrobicularia plana
10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.139102 2020

Distribution and characterization of microplastic particles and textile microfibers in Adriatic food webs: general insights for biomonitoring strategies.
10.1016/j.envpol.2019.113766 2019

Ecotoxicological effects of chemical contaminants adsorbed to microplastics in the clam Scrobicularia Plana
10.3389/fmars.2018.00143 2018


Professional experience

Through my Mcs studies, completed in 2017 at Università Politechinca delle Marche, Dep. DISVA, Ancona (IT), I moved my first steps towards microplastics (MP) research.

I dedicated myself to the quantification and characterization of MP in marine species of the Adriatic Sea.
I was also very inspired by the participation in the Erasmus Placement program. During six months, I worked at Universidade do Algarve Dep. CIMA, Faro (PT), studying the effects of plasticizers present in plastics.
After this wonderful collaboration, I also wanted to dedicate myself to the economic and sustainability aspects of the Mediterranean Sea. To gain new experience, I trained as an ICCAT Regional Observer to monitor the purse seine fishery for Thunnus thynnus and worked in this capacity during the summer of 2018.

I found after this experience that my thirst for knowledge was not yet satisfied, so I moved to Helgoland in the fall of 2018. Through a very close collaboration with the Alfred Wegener Institute (SSSE), and the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (Frankfurt am Main), I dedicated myself to MP research in the Kuril Kamchatka deep-sea trench as a PhD student at Goethe University Frankfurt. Link to CV


24172-01 – Marine Biological Considerations at the Strait of Gibraltar

50264-01 – Global Change Ecology

We are what we leave as a legacy. (Un)

Personal information

I love to cook, mainly traditional Italian dishes, but also international recipes, the main thing is to enjoy with friends and family together at the table. I love to go hiking in the nature, snowboarding and I am involved in any kind of outdoor activity.