Falmouth, MA 02540
Join Salt Pond Bird Sanctuaries and The 300 Committee for their adult speaker series, all free and open to the public! March’s talk will be led by Jessica Donohue, Research Assistant at Sea Education Assocation (SEA) in Woods Hole.
Jessica Donohue studies marine plastic debris, working with microplastics collected using surface plankton nets on board SEA’s sailing research vessels. SEA has a 30-year dataset of marine plastic debris from the North Atlantic collected by SEA Semester students, faculty and crew, the largest dataset of its kind in the world.
Using this dataset as a jumping off point, Jessica will discuss the very real global problem of plastic pollution in the marine environment, focusing on microplastics that float on the ocean’s surface. Hear about sampling and collecting data in the marine environment, and what we know about the sources and impacts of microplastics. Jessica will present some questions about marine plastics that remain unanswered, and will offer some possible solutions – including local initiatives to reduce our plastic footprint.