Plasticene Seas – What Life on Floating Plastic Means For Our Ocean

Tuesday, May 16, 2023 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Advance Registration Required

Event Details

A woman--Dr. Linsey Haram--in a light gray beanie, glasses, and a scarf. This photo was taken above the shoulders, and Dr. Haram is smiling, facing the camera. The background is more faded and out of focus, but shows mountains in the distance, behind clouds, and part of a rainbow reaching the ground. Below the mountains is a forest and in front of that is a body of water
Dr. Linsey Haram (Credit: Stephen Page)

Millions of tons of plastic pollution enter the ocean each year. This global influx of plastic has devastating effects on marine life, including entanglement and plastic ingestion. In this talk, marine biologist Dr. Linsey Haram will reveal another unexpected consequence of rampant plastic pollution: the creation of artificial, floating habitat for coastal marine life in the open ocean. Dr. Haram will describe how her team studies life on these floating plastics in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre (also known as the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch"), and the surprising results they’ve found to date. These discoveries raise many challenging questions about the future of our oceans in the context of the global plastic pollution crisis.

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