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Coastal Perspectives Lecture

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
7:30pm – 8:30pm

Avery Point Campus
Auditorium, 2nd fl Acad bldg

“Ocean Plastics Pollution from Sources to Solutions”

By Dr. Kara Lavender Law, Sea Education Association Dr. Kara Lavender Law is a Research Professor at Sea Education Association (Woods Hole, MA), studying the sources, distribution, behavior and fate of plastic debris in the ocean. Trained as a physical oceanographer, Dr. Law has more than 12 months of sea time on oceanographic and sailing research vessels, including in the eastern North Pacific and western North Atlantic Oceans where plastic debris accumulates in regions dubbed, “garbage patches”. Dr. Law’s current research interests focus on the sources of plastic to the marine environment, understanding how ocean physics determines the distribution of plastic and other marine debris, and the degradation and ultimate fate of different plastic materials in the ocean. Efforts to quantify the size of the problem and its impacts, as well as a toolbox of potential solutions, will be discussed. She is co-chair of the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) Working Group FLOTSAM (Floating Litter and its Oceanic TranSport Analysis and Modelling), and serves as the co-principal investigator of the Marine Debris Working Group at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). Dr. Law holds a PhD in physical oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and a BS in mathematics from Duke University.


Avery Point Campus (primary), Maritime Studies, SeaGrant

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