Plastics in the Ocean: Facts, Fiction, and Unknowns
September 25, 2018 at 6 pm Eastern / 3 pm Pacific
Anna Robuck, Dr. Nancy Foster Scholar at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography
Although plastics are vital in a slew of consumer applications, plastic pollution in the ocean has turned out to be a not-so-fantastic outcome of modern day plastic dependence. This presentation provides an overview of the ocean plastic pollution problem, explaining the difference between marine debris and microplastics. It also will outline the current state of knowledge about microplastic impacts in the ocean and marine food webs, and provide insight into an ongoing research project using seabirds as indicators of plastic pollution in the Northwest Atlantic.