Anela Choy

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Anela Choy
AwardsL'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards
Scientific career

Anela Choy is an American biological oceanographer, currently Assistant Professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego.[1] She is most noted for her discovery that the stomachs of deep sea fish (living at an average depth of 1000 ft) contain bottle caps, trash bags, and microplastics.[2][3][4] In 2018 she won the L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Award for her work, which focuses on how human activity, such as fishing and plastic pollution, shapes deep ocean food webs.[5] She also led a team that designed a remote-operated device that was released in Monterey Bay to track pollution of microplastics. A native Hawaiian[6], she is a member of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)[7] and vocal advocate for women in science.[8]


  1. ^ "CHOY, Anela". Scripps Institution of Oceanography. 2018-08-15. Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  2. ^ Gammon, Katharine (2019-06-06). "'Pieces of human society': deep ocean may be riddled with microplastics". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  3. ^ "Monterey Bay Is a Natural Wonder—Poisoned With Microplastic". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  4. ^ Zhang, Sarah (2019-06-06). "We Were Missing Most of the Plastic in the Ocean". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  5. ^ "L'Oréal and UNESCO Honor U.S.-Based Researcher for Scientific Achievements - L'Oréal USA". Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  6. ^ "WSL PURE: Anela Choy Spotlight". World Surf League. Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  7. ^ "ICYMI: Lifetime Member Dr. Anela Choy's Research on Microplastic Ocean Pollution Featured Across News Outlets – SACNAS". Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  8. ^ "Anela Choy shares her story | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization". Retrieved 2019-10-08.