Fish guts on the Red Line: Chicagoan was transporting specimens for a study showing the long history of microplastics in freshwater species

Read the full story in the Chicago Tribune.

To prove that fish ingestion of microplastics is more than just an ocean story and more than just a modern story, Loren Hou used an unusual technique.

Transporting the digestive tracts of four freshwater fish species she was studying from the Field Museum, where she dissected specimens dating back to the 1900s, up the Lakefront to Loyola University Chicago, where she would analyze what was in the fishes’ guts, Hou sometimes took the Red Line.

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