Elisa graduated in Biology from University of Seville in 2012. The following year, she completed a MSc Oceanography degree from the University of Cádiz, where she started working on marine plastic pollution under the supervision of Dr. Andrés Cózar and Dr. Carlos M. Duarte. Then, she started her thesis focused on microplastics in surface waters in the Global Ocean. During those four years, she acquired skills in sample collecting on ships, processing and analysis of microplastics in aquatic environments worldwide. She spent some time as a visiting PhD student in KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology) working on assessing the plastic pollution in the Red Sea, and in the University of Plymouth learning about processing of synthetic microfibers. Currently, Elisa is a Research Scientist, who contributes to several projects focusing on marine litter. Her current research interests are focused on microplastic ingestion by organisms.