[PAST EVENT] After Hours Lecture - Plastics in the Ocean

February 27, 2020
7pm - 8pm
VIMS - Watermen's Hall, McHugh Auditorium
1375 Greate Road
Gloucester Point, VA 23062Map this location
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  • Open to the public
  • Registration/RSVP
Plastics found in the waterway.
Plastics found in the waterway.

In recent years, headlines about marine debris, microplastics, and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch have filled our news feed. While the accumulation of plastic waste in our oceans and other bodies of water is a serious concern, it is not a simple problem to understand or study. Much of this debris exists in tiny pieces called microplastics, which are able to interact with even the smallest ocean animals but very difficult for scientists to trace. The chemical makeup of plastics varies greatly and adds another layer of difficulty in understanding how plastics affect the marine environment. Join us as Meredith Seeley, a doctoral student at VIMS, walks us through the complex story of plastics in the ocean - where they come from, where they go, and how they impact ocean organisms. She will help us understand what the future may hold and our role in the story.

This is the February installment of the 2020 After Hours Lecture Series. Reservations to this free public lecture series are required due to limited space. After Hours lectures are designed for an adult audience. Assisted listening devices are available for use. Call 804-684-7061 for further information.

Can't attend in person? Register for the online webinar.


VIMS Outreach, programs@vims.edu, 804-684-7061