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Sarah Piehl

Sarah Piehl
Leibniz-Institute for Baltic Sea Research
Seestrasse 15
D-18119 Rostock
+49 381 5197 3473
+49 381 5197 440

Expertise: Microplastics and Marine Litter


  • Identification and Quantification of sources and sinks of plastic litter in aquatic environments
  • Development of monitoring methods for plastic litter within aquatic environments
  • Science communication


  • 09/2014-05/2020: PhD at University of Bayreuth, Department of Animal Ecology I - Germany
  • 09/2011-02/2014: Master of Marine Biology at the University of Rostock - Germany
  • 09/2008-09/2011: Bachelor of Biology at the Philips University of Marburg - Germany


  • since 01/2019:  Research Assistant at Leibniz-Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde, Germany
  • 08/2014-07/2018: Research Assistant at University of Bayreuth, Department of Animal Ecology I, Germany 


  • 2020
    • Piehl, S., E. C. Atwood, M. Bochow, H. K. Imhof, J. Franke, F. Siegert and C. Laforsch (2020). Can water constituents be used as proxy to map microplastic dispersal within transitional and coastal waters? Front. Environ. Sci. 8: 92, doi: 10.3389/fenvs.2020.00092 –open access–
  • 2019
    • Piehl, S., R. Hauk, E. Robbe, F. Klaeger, M. Haseler, M. Labrenz and G. Schernewski (2019). Mikroplastik in der Umwelt - Eintrag, Verbleib und Konsequenzen. In: Emissionsminderung von Punktquellen im ländlichen Raum : 12. Rostocker Abwassertagung am 10. September 2019 an der Universität Rostock : Tagungsband Rostock: Universität Rostock (Schriftenreihe Umweltingenieurwesen): 104-115, –open access–
    • Piehl, S., V. Mitterwallner, E. C. Atwood, M. Bochow and C. Laforsch (2019). Abundance and distribution of large microplastics (1-5 mm) within beach sediments at the Po River Delta, northeast Italy. Mar. Poll. Bull. 149: 110515, doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.110515