The Plastic Effect: How Plastic Pollution Is Changing the Ocean Ecosystem
with Emelia DeForce, PhD, research associate at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
There is a looming global issue that is centered around a very tangible, user-friendly, and life-saving material: Plastic. Historically, over the last 60+ years, we as a society have gone from revolutionizing our day-to-day lives using plastic to the current “reduce, reuse, recycle” mantra. Somewhere in between, a portion of the plastic we consume made its way from our hands and in to our oceans. In recent years, this has become a news-worthy topic as there is concern for the health of our planet. We know little about how much plastic is in our oceans and even less about how this newly introduced plastic is affecting the ocean ecosystem from microscopic organisms that grow on the plastic to fish that ingest the plastic mistaking it for food.
To seek out some answers to the questions about plastic pollution in our oceans, Emelia DeForce, PhD participated in two 6-week research expeditions (operated by Sea Education Association) dedicated to this problem. She will tell a story about what we currently know, what scientists are working on, and she will increase your awareness about the problem for the future.Emelia
currently resides on Cape Cod in Woods Hole, MA and works as a Research Associate at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
. She received her master's and PhD degrees at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her specialty is microbial ecology. Her studies about microorganisms living in nature have taken her around the world to remote places. She is thankful for every opportunity to stay “salty” and travel by sea!
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