Falmouth, MA 02543
Join the Marine Biological Laboratory for the first 2019 lecture in their Falmouth Forum series! Sea Education Association (SEA) Professor Kara Lavender Law presents “Ocean Plastics Pollution: From Sources to Solutions.”
Plastic debris in the marine environment, ranging from microscopic to massive in size, poses risks to marine organisms and habitats, and results from human dependence on these diverse materials without a well-designed strategy for end-of-use management. Efforts to quantify the size of the problem and its impacts, as well as a toolbox of potential solutions will be discussed.
Dr. Law studies plastic marine debris using SEA’s 25-year data set. Her interests include understanding how ocean physics determines the distribution of plastic and other marine debris, and the behavior and ultimate fate of different plastics exposed to the harsh ocean environment.