Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Date Information

May 2017



First Advisor

Peter Alachi

Second Advisor

Sheila Schreiner


Microspheres are small beads that average around 875 μm in diameter and are found in popular facial soaps and toothpastes. They are popular with consumers which raises the concern over how they impact the environment after they have been used. Our data suggests that bacteria were able to attach to the microspheres and crevices within. But can be detached when subjected to different rates of saline solution washes. Since these microspheres can stay intact in water, there are many concerns over their impacts on marine and freshwater life and environments.

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Bacteriology Commons